The 12th gameweek of the Premier League brings the good old clash of United and Arsenal. The situation in the Premier League remains tense, as just 5 points divide the 1st and the 5th position in the league, and this fixture can play a decisive role in the race for the title.
This legendary battle takes on a new level as two legendary managers will also be battling it out today. The former Blues manager Jose Mourinho welcomes Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger to Old Trafford. This is a big chance for Wenger to prove his team’s attitude regarding the Premier League title race, as November is considered a tough month for the Gunners. Wenger will like to come out victorious to finally get a win at Old Trafford. Wenger’s Arsenal are unlucky at the red side of Manchester for 10 years so far.
Arsene Wenger thinks the game is much more important than statistics of two managers, however, Mourinho never lost to Wenger in the Premier League.
Positions in the PL table
Getting a win is crucial for both teams. In case of a loss Man Utd can fall deep in the table, but a win can get them right back in the title race. On the other hand Arsenal need a victory to keep this relatively good position and try to push forward.
Possible starting line-ups
Both teams have trouble with injuries. Mourinho must make the right decisions to stop the traditional Arsenal possession based game style. Fellaini, Smalling are out, Zlatan is disqualified.
Arsenal lack Bellerin in defence, and Sanchez, though ready, looks may lack form after the international break.
Prediction: Manchester United 1 – 1 Arsenal
Injuries hit hard the MU squad and Mourinho must make the correct decision to come out successful from this fixture. Ibrahimovic’ absence can be vital for United’s attack, though Arsene Wenger urges not to underestimate Marcus Rashford. The Man United youngster played a key role in their last tie.
“He (Rashford) was the one that killed us the last time”, said Wenger in pre-match press-conference.
Man Utd boss thinks its a local match, and “a window of opportunities” for other clubs to benefit from this game.
In conclusion, the game is expected to be a classic defence vs attack type fixture. Mourinho’s boys will try to slow the game down, as the Gunners will be firing from all cylinders.
Considering this fixture’s importance no team will be making any risky decisions.