Arsenal vs Manchester United Match Preview
A look ahead to Sunday’s Premier League matches as Liverpool entertain Southampton and Manchester Utd travel to Arsenal.
Manchester United will be aiming for a 26th consecutive unbeaten Premier League game when they travel to Arsenal on Super Sunday.
The Gunners are also unbeaten in their last four Premier League games at the Emirates, but will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing the north London derby last Sunday.
Date: Sunday, May 7
Time: 4 p.m. BST,8:30 p.m. IST,16:00 GMT
TV Info: Sky Sports,NBCSN, Stars Sports Select HD(INDIA)
Live Stream: Sky Go. NBC Sports App.
Arsenal are not believed to have suffered any new injuries from their bruising 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane. But they are unlikely to see their squad swelled by the return of German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi – who is also expected to miss the visit to Southampton with a thigh injury – and is a doubt for the following game at Stoke.
Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee while David Ospina and Lucas Perez – both players whose long-term future at the Emirates is surrounded in doubt – continue to find themselves on the sidelines.
Wenger is expected to continue with the 3-4-2-1 he has deployed in his last four games despite finding his side outclassed at White Hart Lane in a system that they continue to struggle with.
Manchester United’s injury woes have been so severe that Mourinho joked after the draw with Swansea that his players “could walk to the toilet and break a leg” after he saw Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly depart through injury.
Shaw is out for the season and joins Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Tim Fosu-Mensah on the sidelines, although Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones return to the fold for United’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Celta Vigo on Thursday.
Eric Bailly is “ready to play” after being forced with a muscle problem against Swansea, while Juan Mata is available to face Celta after returning to the bench on Sunday following a groin injury.
However, Mourinho hinted that he would consider fielding a weakened team against the Gunners with Europa glory now appearing to offer the most realistic chance of Champions League qualification.
Arsenal XI: Cech; Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Martial
- Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over United at the Emirates last season is their only win in 11 Premier League games against them (D4 L6).
- United haven’t lost consecutive away Premier League games against Arsenal since November 2001.
- Alexis Sanchez is two goals away from scoring his 50th Premier League goal for Arsenal, becoming the 8th player to do this for the Gunners.
- Sanchez needs just one goal to register his best-ever return from a single campaign in Europe’s big five leagues (currently on 19, tied with 2013/14 for Barcelona). However, just six of his league goals have come at home this season in the Premier League (32%) despite playing at the Emirates on 16 occasions in 2016-17.
- Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11).
- This will be Arsene Wenger’s 58th match as Arsenal manager against United in all competitions. It’s the side the Frenchman has faced most often with the Gunners, but also the side he’s got the lowest win rate against (29% – minimum of 15 games).