ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER UNITED, WHO BLINKS, WHO SLIPS?
The biggest premier league match of the weekend quickly throws up a conundrum.
Who starts in attack for Arsenal and Manchester United?
Lacazette who has made it a habit of scoring for Arsenal at the Emirates has been ruled out with injury.
There are reports that Wenger does not want to start Giroud who scored a brace as a substitute against Hudersfield town last time out.
Reports suggests Wenger could favour Danny Welbeck who loves scoring against his former club and only just returned from injury.
There is also the alternative of playing Alexis Sanchez as the lone striker like he did against Manchester City.
Will Wenger start with Alexis, Welbeck or Giroud upfront?
For Manchester United, Lukaku is misfiring and he missed a sitter last time out, a goal in 11 matches from the 75 million pounds signing is not it.
Will Jose Mourinho opt for the now fit Ibrahimovic in attack or will he stick with Lukaku?
Arsene Wenger: “Man Utd are a dangerous team, they have made fantastic results so to beat a team like that you need to be at your best and that’s what I want to focus on.
CAN MANCHESTER UNITED STOP ARSENAL’S HOME RECORD WINNING STREAK?
Arsenal have won their last 12 home PL matches in a row, last enjoying a longer run between February and November 2005 at Highbury (13).
Just in May this year, Two Arsenal goals in quick succession ended Manchester United’s 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League
Can United do something similar?
Key players to watch: Mesut Ozil: has been directly involved in four goals in his last four PL appearances versus Man Utd (two goals, two assists)
Romelu Lukaku: goals may have dried up for the Belgian but he sure did know how to score against Arsenal when he was at Everton, who knows he just rediscover his goal scoring touch against Arsenal.
Other players to watch: Rashford, Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck.
HEAD TO HEAD IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE:
TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED: 50
ARSENAL WINS 13
MANCHESTER UNITED 22
ARSENAL HOME WINS 10
MANCHESTER UNITED HOME WINS 15
ARSENAL AWAY WINS 3
MANCHESTER UNITED AWAY WINS 7
LAST MEETING, 7th may 2017, Emirates Stadium. Arsenal won 2-0 with goals coming from Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.
It’s 2nd vs 4th on the Premier League log, Manchester United are 8 points behind league page setters Manchester City, whilst Arsenal are 12 points behind the citizen.
It’s a battle, its a war, there will be blood,sweat and plenty of football drama, whoever blinks slips behind Manchester City in the title Chase.