Image: Confirmed Arsenal and Man United teams for today’s Premier League battle

Arsenal and Manchester United are set to go head-to-head in todayโ€™s Premier League clash at the Emirates, and the two teams are finally out.

The Gunners will be looking to build on their fine form since Christmas, while the Red Devils will be hoping to repel their blushes after a shock 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford to bottom of the table side Sheffield United in midweek.

We were already aware that Arsenal would be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored the winner in the 1-0 win at Old Trafford in their last battle, but we were not expecting to see Bukayo Saka miss the clash.

What are your predictions following news of both teams?

Patrick

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172 Comments

  1. Lenohappy says:

    Where’s Saka?

    1. Tom k says:

      Wish we ad a goal score we should be 2 up by now

  2. HASS says:

    Bad lineup, The only players with decent link up play are Saka and Smith Rowe. Saka is on form but is on bench. That is Arteta logic for you.

    1. Jax says:

      Not on bench.

    2. Kedar says:

      Saka is not even on bench buddy

    3. Rainbo says:

      Heโ€™s not even on the bench?

    4. Marty says:

      Saka injured….

    5. Declan says:

      Saka not on bench, heโ€™s injured.

      1. Arsenal2win says:

        Saka is rested not injured. The young man has worked his socks off. He needs a day off.

        1. EDU says:

          Lol against Man U that we needs to put out the best we have he then stays at home to watch. That’s a joke from you. He definitely must be injured.

    6. Perry ames says:

      I don’t fancy us tonight with 3 first choice players not even in the squad. I hope I’m wrong but the bench looks very very ordinary with not one striker for Manchester United to fear
      Head says 0-2
      Heart says 2-1

    7. guy says:

      OK to blame MA for what he has done, Hass, but not what he has not. These unfair digs are wearing me out. Better to question our fitness trainers and physios who can’t keep our players fit.

      1. Eddie says:

        Swear down bruv!! Pretty stupid and uncalled statement against the coach as usual. Saka us out with an hip Injury, but no!! Since Agendas must come first then Arteta must be blamed.

  3. Sue says:

    Saka has a sore hip โ˜น COYG

    1. Kev82 says:

      No Saka, Tierney, auba, Mari, and Ryan what is going on Sue ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      1. Sue says:

        Ryan has a hip problem too, Kev….
        Not ideal I know, but we can still do it ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Kev82 says:

          All made of glass Sue you wouldn’t have seen so many injuries years ago ๐Ÿ˜†

          1. Sue says:

            Let’s hope Saka is back for Wolves, Kev ๐Ÿคž

          2. Kev82 says:

            I hope so Sue, we have some tough games coming up, at least auba will be back soon ๐Ÿ‘Š

      2. Declan says:

        All injured apart from Aubamayang who is in quarantine.

      3. Andrey says:

        Are u concerned about Ryan cause u want him to start or u just want to Criticize Arteta?

        1. Kev82 says:

          No I’m wondering why he’s not on the bench and if I want to criticize Arteta I would do it without cheap shots!

          1. Andrey says:

            Alright it just seems weird asking for someone who we both now wouldn’t be getting a playing time any time soon

          2. Kev82 says:

            He would if Leno got injured and the young Icelandic keeper doesn’t fill me with confidence.

    2. Kstix says:

      That’s sad Sue. I hope he gets better. We will miss him. Hope the boys turn up today. COYG

      1. Sue says:

        Gutted, Kstix! Bet the Mancs are rubbing their hands together!!
        So let’s do what is not expected – win!! ๐Ÿคž

        1. Kstix says:

          A win today will do our confidence a world of good Sue. I’m going for 2-1 win with martinelli and Laca to get the goals

          1. Sue says:

            2-1 will do nicely, Kstix!! ๐Ÿ™

  4. Kedar says:

    No Saka..
    No even on bench…
    Injured??

  5. Mambo says:

    Runaarson lol

    1. Andrey says:

      Let hope nothing happens to Leno๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  6. Grandad says:

    Without Saka and Tierney I would settle for a point.

    1. Kstix says:

      I think odegaard will come in for martinelli at some point in the game after his goal and pepe will shift to the left while odegaard takes the right.

    2. guy says:

      Me too grandad, with arguably our best two players out, and perhaps the next three (GM, Partey and Gabriel) not exactly match fit.
      Call me a pessimist, but offer me a draw now and I’ll take it!

  7. gotanidea says:

    No Saka, no Tierney and Pepe on the right wing would likely make us doomed. I wonder why the Gunners are so injury prone

    1. Kedar says:

      Now I think even if we get point then it will be good result because as you said Pรฉpรฉ is on right is like team with 10 men

      1. Declan says:

        How do you know he is on the left?

        1. Declan says:

          *Not on the left?*

        2. Kedar says:

          Martinelli Will play on left wing and Pรฉpรฉ on right wing

          1. Declan says:

            But how do you know?

      2. gotanidea says:

        Yeah hopefully Pepe’s right foot works this time. He’ll never be a great inverted RW if his weaker foot is still lame

  8. McLovin says:

    Support the team. We did well vs Southampton despite changes.

    Come on boys. We need a win.

    1. Mambo says:

      After seeing line up, I hope we at least get a draw but expect a loss sadly.

  9. PJ-SA says:

    Tired of our decades of injury issues.

    Guys needs to do some strength work like other teams do

  10. Sid says:

    I hope we win the match. Cant watch due to travelling reasons. Get well soon all the missing Gunners!
    Best of luck team!
    COYG!!

    1. Kedar says:

      Try on Hotstar

  11. Declan says:

    Isnโ€™t it just one change from Southampton game?

    1. Kedar says:

      But big one… Missing our most in form player…
      And this is Man Utd and not Southampton..

  12. guy says:

    Not looking great with no Tierney or Saka. Really need Pepe to have one of those rare good games, and GM to be over his rustiness. Still – I guess at least we can expect to see Odegaard today as I don’t see any other inspiration on the bench.
    Fingers crossed guys and gals, lucky heather out etc.
    Let’s hope its another happy conversation in 3 hours…

  13. Vinod says:

    Pepe in left, Martinelli as CF, Laca as CAM, ESR at right. It might bring a bit more balance to the team.

    1. Kedar says:

      This is complicated….
      And Playing ESR on Wing will kill his creativity as number 10

      1. Vinod says:

        Unfortunately I don’t fancy either Martinelli or Pepe having a good game on right. I am happy to be proved wrong.

      2. Davi says:

        ESR would be fine from the right – he’s not a winger but he would cause problems. It’s more the Laca at AM that would concern me

  14. Anders Sรธrensen says:

    Chance for other attackers to step up!

  15. Highbury Hero says:

    The cheaters won’t get away with it.

  16. jon fox says:

    With this side we have far less chance than with our strongest team. I would grab your hand off for a point right now but expect a two goal defeat with this injury ravaged team.

    1. Jax says:

      It’s only two (albeit key) players out Jon, so not really injury ravaged. Having said that I don’t like the look of the centre of the defence with the likes of Rashford & Cavani running at us.
      UTA

  17. Kstix says:

    We just might pull off a win despite the injuries. Watch this space.

  18. Drayton says:

    Well, the Saka injury was inevitable. Playing him in the fa cup v Southampton for 30 mins was stupid. But, we have Partey, we have ESR, Holding rock, Laca on form…letโ€™s do some damage boys!

  19. GunnerSince2004 says:

    Martinelli is just as good as Saka. He’s just been dogged with injuries so as a like for like replacement he’s good.

    Pepe played well against S’ton in the league but on the left wing which I’m realizing might be his best position. Unfortunately Martinelli will most probably play on the left wing unless Arteta switches things up.

    Cedric played well as a LB against S’ton too and if he can support either Martinelli or Pepe in attack we should be good. AMN can come in later in 2nd half to shut down that wing if we’re leading.

    Luiz or Holding should shut down Cavani. That’s one player I’m afraid of in that Man Utd. The guy is world class and if we give him any small chance in the box he will trouble us.

    Oedegaard is our ace up a sleeve. Unknown tactically or how he’ll be used. He could be thrown in to get Ole scratching his head and confuse that Man U midfield.

    Overall, given the options we have that’s a decent first XI but our bench sucks.

    If we can a smash and grab then smash hard and grab tight.

  20. RW1 says:

    If this team gets a draw I will be surprised and delighted … no tiernay saka ceballos … link up an issue … so their midfield of pogba Fred Fernandez clearly superior to partey xhaka smith Rowe … lot will depend on Pepe and martinelli stepping up to plate … big ask but itโ€™s a strange season

  21. Chuxzzy1 says:

    Gosh๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพarsenal and injuries…our bench is too light we just have to rely on our 11 to do the job

  22. Iykmatt says:

    Goodluck to the boys.win or draw is acceptable to keep the momentun going

  23. Gmv8 says:

    Not feeling confident, missing Aubameyang, Saka and Tierney …. letโ€™s hope people step up …

  24. Declan says:

    Pepรฉ on left and Martinelli on right.

  25. Declan says:

    Pepรฉ on left and Martinelli on right.

  26. Mark says:

    Given the injury circumstances I think it’s a good team.. All the best to the young men..

  27. Davi says:

    No Saka and the bench looks weak (aside from the unknown of Odegaard). So if things aren’t going well there’s not much Mikel can do about it with personnel. Not as confident as many seem to be

  28. Gmv8 says:

    Why no Balogun? Surely better than Willian or Eddie ……?

    1. Perry ames says:

      Is aubameyang injured

      1. ACE says:

        Quarantine because of traveling to be with his sick
        mom

        1. Perry ames says:

          Thank you

    2. ACE says:

      Has he featured @ all in the EPL this season?

      Why would you expect him to play meaningful
      minutes in one of the biggest fixtures of the
      seasons?

      SMH

    3. GunnerSince2004 says:

      He must sign the contract. We can’t keep playing him in the first team if he’s got no future with us. We’d rather develop Eddie and at least sell home for a fee. It’s just business.

  29. Declan says:

    Love the warm up shirts!

    1. Sue says:

      They’re wild!!!

  30. adajim says:

    i guess you guys who want us play our best players every game are happy now with the injury-hit squad we have

    1. Declan says:

      But we didnโ€™t ๐Ÿค”

    2. Perry ames says:

      I want us to play our best players every game but we shouldn’t be in the position where we dont have 16 players who can all come in and do a decent job. You seem to be looking for a arguement with someone where as we should be uniting as a club as we all want what’s best

    3. damy says:

      So did we play them…. Did they still not get injured…. So whose right after all…

  31. Sean says:

    Il take a draw but Martinelli can cause problems like Saka & Soares may be ok at LB this evening. Not all doom & gloom but not too optimistic about the 3points.

    Come on boys!!

  32. PJ-SA says:

    Xhaka….poor in high pressure games!

  33. Defund The Media says:

    Not even a yellow for that Fernandes studs tackle ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Kedar says:

      That should have been a red actually…
      He was studs up.

      1. Defund The Media says:

        Definitely mate, zero intention of getting the ball, and not even a booking ๐Ÿคฏ

        1. Kedar says:

          And it was from behind also…

      2. Zamind says:

        Chaka should have rolled on the floor to entice the ref

    2. Sue says:

      Unbelievable, Rory, that dirty sod!!

      1. Defund The Media says:

        I know sue!! And the fact they VAR checked it too ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

        1. Sue says:

          SMH!!! It is United though…

  34. Kedar says:

    It will be interesting to see Odegaard and Smith- Rowe paying together

  35. Dan kit says:

    Martinelli ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    1. Kedar says:

      He saved us

  36. Perry ames says:

    The ref seems a bit anti us at the moment imo

    1. Kedar says:

      Donโ€™t know but certainly game is not going our way at the moment..

    2. Perry ames says:

      Good half considering.
      And the ref is biased against us

  37. Dan kit says:

    How that was a foul on Bruno is beyond me ,This is why Man Utd get so many penalties .

    1. Defund The Media says:

      Bruno has scored 28 goals since he joined, FIFTEEN of those are pens, total joke man!

    2. Durand says:

      Strange how Cedric’s was quick yellow, but Bruno spiking Xhaka from behind was regular foul.

      Oliver’s selective vision is on point today. At least he’s consistent; consistently sh!t.

      He makes fiber proud.

      1. Defund The Media says:

        ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  38. FootballisTrivial says:

    I can never like man’s chest hair United.
    They’re getting away with shitty play. Punish them Arsenal

  39. gotanidea says:

    Pepe’s ball control is surprisingly good today and he worked hard to defend/ press as well. Partey’s box-to-box dribbling skill is excellent, but his passes are inaccurate sometimes

    Man United players have the height advantage and I’m worried they’d score from set-pieces, since we don’t have many tall players like them. I’d be happy if we could get a draw

  40. David says:

    Good game of football but arsenal attack not really clicking. Laca not his looking his energetic self and Martinali is to isolated, should play narrower

  41. Quantic Dream says:

    Not a bad half!

  42. Declan says:

    @kedar, you are correct, I was watching in the mirror ๐Ÿ˜Š

  43. Durand says:

    I would take a point in this match the way things are going.

  44. Dboy says:

    We’ll be better in the second half. COYG!!!!

    1. GunneRay says:

      We need a much better half from some individuals or Manure will punish us for sure. Passing is poor and we need to press with more speed. COYG!!

      1. Dboy says:

        Agree. We should pick up the intensity like we did against Southampton. Arteta is good at reading the game. We will be different coming out.

  45. RSH says:

    Tough half. Good intensity from the boys. Having trouble getting the ball out for some of our counters, and midfielders need some better passing options. But that’s also why we are recovering well when we do lose the ball. Martinelli basically a 2nd fullback at times.

  46. adajim says:

    its been a difficult game for us but we have been up to the task, good game guys

  47. Defund The Media says:

    Hopefully Odegaard gets a wee run out, and I’d settle for a debut goal Rooney style!!

    1. Sue says:

      ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  48. Gogo says:

    Willian to score his first goal today

    1. Defund The Media says:

      I pray to Odin you are right!! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

    2. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

      Dream on

    3. Gogo says:

      Oh, don’t worry thank me later for the info

  49. Danny says:

    Man u win William is on god help us!!

  50. David says:

    Willian WTF

  51. Sue says:

    Come on Willian.. 20.5 games in.. get the ball in the net!

    1. Defund The Media says:

      ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

    2. Sue says:

      We’ve waited long enough!

    3. RSH says:

      it’s the least he could do to earn his wages.

  52. GunneRay says:

    WTF? Willian on for Matinelli!? Game over !!

  53. Kedar says:

    Ohh Dear Willian

  54. RSH says:

    Willian’s on so….. yeah……

  55. Vinod says:

    WTF, this is disaster. . . Willian for Martinelli?? Hope its not another injury.

    Arteta is committing a suicide.

    1. Kedar says:

      I would worry a little about Martinelli as he should not be our Wilshere

  56. Palash says:

    Martinelli is injured?

  57. Illiterate says:

    Willian can’t even score.
    What an opportunity missed.

  58. GunneRay says:

    Wow. Willian misses sitter!

    1. GunneRay says:

      A blind man would have scored that!

  59. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    William go away plz go away

  60. Palash says:

    Willian wtf was that.This guy is not even trying to shoot

  61. RSH says:

    Willian… please let this be the day you start to redeem yourself… Forget the awful miss. still a half to play.

  62. GunneRay says:

    Willian should have been a plumber!

  63. Gogo says:

    The only goal in this game is on Willian

    1. Kedar says:

      Not really…
      Rashford had a sitter also…
      He tried lot trickery…
      ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    2. Perry ames says:

      Are arsenal players made of glass ffs man up

  64. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Arteta should be fined by board 4 playing William shocking

  65. GunneRay says:

    WTF is going on?! Are any of them on the same wave length?

  66. Sue says:

    Bloody hell….

  67. GunneRay says:

    Both teams have been so wasteful but I sense a mistake or sloppy play will gift a winner!

  68. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Party over 4 party my lord.,

  69. Sue says:

    Come on Odegaard!!!!

  70. GunneRay says:

    Arsenal are just so frustrating to watch! No urgency to score just so dan casual..

    1. EDU says:

      LoL. Which game are you watching or you just want to be negative. He are missing our best attackers and we are still up for it. The boys did well.

      1. Kedar says:

        True.. It was a good performance…
        By any chance are Edu Gasper??๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

        1. EDU says:

          LoL not really. Edu of Nigeria

      2. GunneRay says:

        Manure were poor and we were at home. Even Partey was average for me. I would say most players in both sides would get average scores. We needed ybe points more than them..

        1. EDU says:

          That doesn’t mean to say that the boys didn’t do well considering players we lost before and during the match.

  71. Sue says:

    David Luiz motm ๐Ÿ‘

    1. Perry ames says:

      Ok performance you have to be well pleased with a point even though I thought we did enough to get all 3.
      Top 4 no chance but we can get top 10.and should now put all are eggs in the Europa league basket but we are where we deserve to be

      1. Sue says:

        I quite enjoyed it, Perry. Was worried being without Saka and co, but thought we did well. If only that free kick had gone in!!
        I’m really liking Cedric.. and thought our defence had a good game!
        4/6 points against the Mancs – you’ve gotta be happy with that!!
        OGS has to rush off, he has a PE lesson to take ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        1. Zamind says:

          Indeed Sue. Cause on the flip side Mancs have 1/6 points against us this season.

          1. Sue says:

            Sweet!!!! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘

    2. Palash says:

      I think ESR should be the motm

      1. Sue says:

        He was superb once again!

      2. Zamind says:

        That boy has brought balance to our team

      3. Zamind says:

        The boy has brought balance to the mid field. Trucking back too helps opposition deep lying Med not have a free run at us

    3. adajim says:

      and Pepe had a good game

      1. Sue says:

        ๐Ÿ‘

  72. Chuxzzy1 says:

    I must say I am definitely proud of this gunners display even with the injuries and absentee

  73. Gogo says:

    Where was Penandes pls?

  74. Vinod says:

    First time for a long while have enjoyed a nil – nil draw from any team let alone Arsenal.

    Apart from the miss, Willian had a good game. Team fought together.

    Expected more from Partey, lot of misplaced pasees.

    Previously we used have lot of ankle injuries, recently it shifted to thigh now its hip. Don’t know whether its an improvement.

  75. Dboy says:

    Not bad considering the team we had on with injuries. Partey was not himself today. But a good contest nonetheless. We would normally drop points to top teams. We can contend with any team out there. We just don’t have options on the bench. ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜” Big ups to the manager getting these guys to perform week in and week out.

  76. Zamind says:

    Only one point, but Iam not sad at all. The team played relatively well.

    1. Sue says:

      ๐Ÿ‘

  77. Dboy says:

    I think the idea was to hit them quick in the beginning of the second half, that would have exposed them a bit more but it wasn’t to be. Tough contest nonetheless.

  78. Joe. S says:

    Watching David Luiz post game interview, he seems to have taken over Arteta’s role as spokesperson. My emotions seesawed like the game itself between hope and frustration. Of course we were undermanned with three key players missing but it just demonstrated how thin our squad is. As I’m writing Paul Scholes is showing his frustration as to how United couldn’t beat an average Arsenal team,which is kind of disrespectful because our youngsters are really coming on .Speaking of disrespect,I thought Arteta also showed it by taking off his only creative spark. Was it me or did ESR’s body language also give away what he was thinking as he came off. Early days but I think ESR is a much better player than the Norwegian.

  79. Sid says:

    Seems it was a good game. Have to contend with the highlights then, sigh…

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