Arsenal must win the midfield battle if they want to beat Man United tomorrow.

Arsenal versus Manchester United is just one day away, but there’s so much at stake for Arsenal in that match that we really can’t afford to lose right now, and having had a great recent home record against United could make us a little bit more confident.

Arsenal has had an okay start to the new season; they’ve beaten Nottingham Forest (2-1) and Palace (1-0) and played out a 2-2 draw with Fulham, but their tactical approach has been criticised. Mikel Arteta is tipped to change his lineup and deploy fresh tactics versus the Red Devils.

Last season, Arteta and the boys beat Ten Hag’s side 3-2 thanks to a last minute winner from Eddie Nketiah, but this is a new season, a different situation.

Like Arsenal, Manchester United haven’t had a bad start to the season; however, they have been exposed in their three games. Ten Hag’s midfield has been identified as a point of weakness and has been labeled porous, although we expect to see Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes in their line-up.

Yes, Arsenal is also having their midfield problems, but unlike United, they have the players to unleash a stronger midfield, unlike United, who may need a new midfield signing. And so Mikel Arteta fielding his strongest midfielders, Declan Rice, Thomas Partey, and Martin Odegaard could be a wise tactical move.

Arsenal needs to have a dominant midfielder versus Manchester United. If they win the midfield battles, they’ll have a bright chance of beating Manchester United hands down and confirming they are going for the league title.

C’mon You Gunners!

Darren N

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  1. Lets hope our midfield isn’t playing RB. Gabriel is reinstated and if Haverz starts, he actually does something. A win is the ONLY result.

    1. If HAVERTZ PUT 100% effort in , that would be a start!

      He has not done so, thus far.

      Hope he is on the bench personally. AND THAT HE STAYS THERE.

  2. That’s why I think Rice will play in Xhaka’s position tomorrow to support Nketiah and Partey might return to the CDM position

    We could also see Zinchenko back in the inverted-LB role

    1. This is possible but I wouldn’t be surprised if Havertz retains his position.
      Despite some limitations in our play in the last few games we had most of the ball in MF.

        1. Which ever way the gaffer wants his formation, he can always switch. That’s the beauty of having depth. ManU are beatable and they don’t fair well at Emirate stadium. I hope tomorrow match won’t be different. But we really need Gabriel’s height at the back to improve our physicality.

  3. Headline needs to be edited. Today is Friday 01 Sep. We are playing on Sunday which is not tomorrow.

    On Sunday my preferred back 4 is White, Salliba, Gabriel and Tomiyasu (as Zinchenko can’t defend especially with Anthony running at him). Knowing Arteta he would pick OZ.

    Preferred midfield is: Partey, Rice and Odegaard.
    Preferred wingers: Saka and Martinelli.
    Preferred striker is Nketiah if he is fit, otherwise Trossard as a false 9.

    1. ESR is better than Hervatz In the midfield.He can not connect the bridge between midfield attackers like zhaka did last season I missed zhaka.

  4. This team selection dominate Man United score three goals on Sunday and win the game.


    –White—Saliba—Magahlse–Zin hencko




  5. I think Arteta will pick a change to the side that got bullied and kicked in the preseason beating by Manu. Most of you are picking the same players that played rubbish against Manu in preseason, which is a surprise!

  6. TOMORROW!!???

    Feck, I’m ready of Sunday. 🙃

    I don’t think the centre of midfield is an issue. Personally, I believe that the tinkering of our system has made our potent weapons from last season which was on the wings more or less, blunt.

    If anything, I would say that we need to go back to basics and revert to what worked well last year.

    I once remember a tinkerman that won the epl a few years ago, and within 6 months he was sacked. Make what you will of that?🤔

  7. Predicting Arteta’s selection –


    Martinelli. Odegaard. Saka.

    Havertz. Partey.

    Tomiyasu. Saliba. White. Partey.


  8. My preferred line up for Sunday –


    Trossard. Odegaard. Saka.

    Rice. Partey.

    Tomiyasu. Gabriel. Saliba. White.


  9. Of course Arsenal will on next Sunday’s evening at the Ems, beat Manchester United in the big game Epl matxh encounter that will be fought out between the Gunners and the Red Devils.
    To this end, I have no any iota of doubt in my mind of the Gunners not taking the Red Devils to the cleaners after they’ve beaten them thoroughly in the match.
    Rather, I have the immense unrivaled confidence in me and in the Gunners to not disappoint in the match. But will be of great appointment in the game seeing off the Red Devils to a cruciating defeat in it. And collect to the bag all the 3 points at stake in the match.
    And let me predict that Arteta will start Partey and Tomiyansu at left back and right back respectively for the match.

  10. The midfield clearly should be Thomas, Odes and Rice Baby. Ben White should be RB and reignite his partnership with Bukayo Saka. Bench Havertz. Pleeese… Gabriel as CB with Willie Saliba

    1. Its a very good draw better only by Man city group.

      All the Citizens need to do in that group is to turn up.

  11. Don’t think we have enough strength in depth for all competitions started off the transfer window strong but really weak at the end will fall short again!

    1. yup, big shame but club just didn’t get the outgoings done quick enough and couldn’t adapt to the circumstances of the squad. How we go another season with no Saka coverage is maddening. And the Havertz signing 3 games in just looks like it’s going to be one massive headache that doesn’t make us a better team. I just have little hope we can muster 2 quality signings in January. A fullback, and another attacker.

  12. You guys are doing the best you can with the players available but so far the proposed starting line ups have got me worried. It’s become clear that Arsenal are short handed and missing the usual two top quality players this season as well. I mean White and Tomiyasu starting as wing backs?, the choice between Eddie and Havetz? This does not fill me with confidence. Hopefully, Manure will have their own problems and the ref makes impartial decisions.

  13. After the summer transfer window had ckised yesterday night. I cab see that the officials Arsenal 25 man squad for the summer campaign will look like as my below list.
    Ramsdale, Raya & Hein.(3)
    White, Partey, Saliba, Magalhaes, Kiwior, Tomiyansu & Zinchenko. (7)
    Odegaard, Rice, Havertz, Vieira, ESR, Jorginho & Elneny. (71
    Saka, Nelson, GJesus, Martinelli & Trossard. (6)
    All totaling: 3+7+7+6. 23 man squad all in all. This is okay. But I’ve deliberately excludes Pepe and Soares from the list. With hopes Arsenal will offload the pair to Saudi Pro League club side or Turkish club side whose windows ars yet to close.

  14. RAYA



    Bench: Ramsdale, Gabriel. J, Martinelli, Viera, Kiwior, Tomiyasu, Zinny.

    My preferred line up that will suit Havertz

    1. Why does it have to suit Harvetz? Why not ESR and more deserving players? Is it because in your eyes Arteta and Edu are football gods who we mortals cannot compare ourselves with?

      1. Since it appears Arteta is determined to feature Havertz in every game, not minding his performance on the pitch. It therefore pertinent to push him forward to an attacking role where his strengths can be maximized.

  15. Absolutely a must win game tomorrow only a win will do. We need the team to lose the nervous energy that appears to have engulfed the team in recent weeks. What with spurs and City winning we need to put a statement out there as a loss will have a massive negative impact on the season

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