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. 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. 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.

    1. 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

    2. 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. 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.

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

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

        1. 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. 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. 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!

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

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

  4. 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…

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

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

      2. 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

  6. 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. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

  11. 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

    1. 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

    2. 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.

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

    1. 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

  13. 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!!

    1. 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.

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

    1. 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. 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.

  17. 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.

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

    Arteta is committing a suicide.

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

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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