Arsenal are surely favourites to beat an injury-ridden Man United side

Arsenal are in the highly unusual position of having nearly a full squad of players to choose from ahead of our trip to Old Trafford, with just Alexandre Lacazette being our only confirmed first team player that will be unavailable due to an ankle injury.

We also had a great boost in midweek against Nottingham Forest, when Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin all made their comebacks in the 5-0 win. And there were many stellar performances from our youngsters who have also staked their claims for more game-time.

But Man United, on the other hand, have a glut of injuries to their first teamers and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to make up a makeshift side for the visit of the Gunners. He tried to play down the extent of the problem in an interview with MUTV, but he could not hide the truth. “Any injuries?” he said. “There might be one or two who have not really come back. Paul (Pogba) was really struggling with his ankle as it was really swollen, so let’s see how that repairs. He got 90 minutes but was sore towards the end again.

”Phil (Jones) will be out until after the international break and, do you know, you have to count these after every game but I think that’s it.”

That is not quite it Ole! He was then asked if both Martial and Rashford were also out of the game, and he replied: “Well, I wouldn’t put my life on it, no, but that’s part of this game,”
“You work with what you have and we’re looking forward to this game, of course.”
And then he also revealed that Luke Shaw was also unlikely to feature. “I don’t think we’ll see Anthony before the international break. No, I don’t think so. Luke (Shaw) is improving so, hopefully, we’ll see him.” he added.

But that is not all, as Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes are also injured, and the defenders Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah are also out, meaning that Arsenal will probably have their best chance for ages of finally coming away with three points from Old Trafford.

All we need now is for Emery to pick our very best team….

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27 Comments

  1. Eddie Hoyte says:

    “meaning that Arsenal will probably have their best chance for ages of finally coming away with three points from Old Trafford.”

    Arsenal had their best chance when Rashford started and introduced himself to the world, besides we’ve lost to far worse United’s team.
    I hope we play to our strength, anything other than a win is unacceptable. Once again, we can’t play three big games and just pick 1 or 2 points

    1. Femi says:

      Spot on Eddie

  2. gotanidea says:

    We are not the underdogs anymore, but Emery’s defensive tactic or a mistake from our defense could ruin everything

    I predict Sokratis, Luiz and Maitland-Niles would be given another chance to redeem their mistakes. I hope Emery wouldn’t be that mad to start all of them and give the chance to some of the defenders from the Forest game instead

    1. Actually, we are the underdogs. All the bookmakers have the odds against us. Our Old Trafford record is an absolute disgrace. I want to believe we will win, but am almost certain errors from the usual suspects will have us begging for a draw by the end if this game.

  3. Emery is stubborn. He will start Xhaka, Luiz and Sokratis. There will be trouble.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      hes the manager…he sees who performing off the pitch and in training, stats and other factors

      this is not Fifa20

    2. 350oz says:

      A film by Unai Emery

      “A night with three stooges” starring:

      Sokratis, Luiz, and Xhaka as
      Dumb, dumber, and the dumbest

      Mustafi as a tree in the background

      Nominated for Oscar, won comedy of the year 2019

      1. Nitsram says:

        How long did it take you to come up with this rubbish? Anything more than 2 seconds you really wasted your time.

        1. 350oz says:

          That’s just me being irreverent, don’t take it too seriously dude
          Chill

          1. Nitsram says:

            You’re right, I’m just toed of all the hate and negativity towards our players

  4. Duncan says:

    Do you remember the Utd team that beat us 8-2? It was awful. Arsenal can never be confident going to Old Trafford. It’s been 13 years since we last won there

  5. Gunnerphilic says:

    “We are not underdogs anymore…” I am with @gotanidea on that one. I just hope Emery picks our best team and sets up his team to annihilate the opposition. This is payback time for Man U and we must not let this chance pass us by.

    Nothing else will do.

    1. 350oz says:

      They don’t have a striker available for selection, so no excuse if we fail to win this match. They would field 9 defensive players and waiting for a chance to counter attack us using the pace of Daniel James and Linggard. It would be a test to our defense.

      1. Nitsram says:

        I wouldn’t be worried about Lingard since he hasn’t scored assisted for United in 8 months (can you imagine how our fans would react if that was one of our attackers?), but he always seems to score against us.

        1. 350oz says:

          Yes, Lingard is another overhyped player. Not specifically him and D.James, I’m wary of any attackers going against our current back four 😂

  6. bajaja says:

    on this platform i said chambers was key to us but i was countered by a host of u…… I believe u can see his value….. We have won all the games his played in and had 3 clean sheets in it.

    1. 350oz says:

      Yeah, I think Chambers is better defensively and going forward he is okay. I wonder where people who defend the prodigy AMN.

  7. Not a coach says:

    I think something about Arsenal recently is that we cannot just predict a win, let alone an easy win, even against under performing teams. So far we could only managed narrow wins, even at home against Burnley and Villa. Hopefully the team would prove me wrong.

  8. Matovu Deus says:

    If arsenal starts .leno
    bellarin, tierney, chambers , holding
    midfield: xhaka, guendouzi arsenal*, ceballos
    front: ozil , pepe, Aubameyang, we shall win 3-0

  9. Sue says:

    I remember last season ending in a crappy 2-2 draw… the days of predicting an Arsenal score – for me – have long gone out the window!
    Whenever i think they’ll be ok, they struggle and vice versa!
    So all this talk of a poor United team, with half of the team injured.. I’m not saying anything…remember United beating City (3-2) when nobody thought they would?!! They know when to turn it on… and it’s nearly always against us.. and we have a tendency to shoot ourselves in the foot!!
    IF (big if) we do come away with all 3 points though – I’ll be the happiest girl on the planet!!

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      @sue we always find ways of making their players look outstandingly good remember rashford? Sadly sue we are the only team that can make the likes of lingard look like Messi,Maya ronaldhino etc… Op we beat them though am tired of them bragging no matter the team they put out their they get points! Even Moyes won🙄🙄

      1. Sue says:

        We do indeed, Kenya 001 and it has to stop 😀 it wouldn’t surprise me if all this talk of their players being ‘doubts’ is just a load of rubbish, mind games!!
        If we don’t go there and get a result, i don’t think we ever will! I thought Anfield was bad enough, but Old Trafford is even worse!!! COYG

  10. Knight says:

    We have Ljungberg on the technical bench.He knows how to beat ManU.

    1. Knight says:

      He will bring on his youngsters at half time after Emery’s selection has gone down 1-0 and they will turn the game on and win 1-3 to visitors

  11. Innit says:

    We are 4th place. They are 8th place.

    1. Sue says:

      Unfortunately that doesn’t mean a thing, Innit. When West Ham went into their game against United, they were below them.. Norwich v City…yes on paper the higher team should win, but doesn’t always work that way, especially where we’re concerned 😖

  12. Kenya 001 says:

    @sue we always find ways of making their players look outstandingly good remember rashford? Sadly sue we are the only team that can make the likes of lingard look like Messi,Maya ronaldhino etc… Op we beat them though am tired of them bragging no matter the team they put out their they get points! Even Moyes won🙄🙄

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