Arsenal vs Manchester United Predictions
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- Arsenal have scored in seven of their last eight Premier League games.
- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 17 league away games and have scored in 16 of those.
- The Red Devils have only kept two clean sheets in ten top flight away days this season.
- Alexandre Lacazette has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances.
Rejuvenated Gunners look to put down a marker
Arsenal put in another scintillating performance in midweek as they recovered from an early deficit to hammer Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s, extending their unbeaten streak to six Premier League matches and edging them closer to a European spot that looked out of reach just a month ago.
It’s hard to believe that, just before Christmas, Mikel Arteta was on the verge of being sacked as he led a Gunners team that were genuinely thought to be in relegation contention. They had scored just 12 goals in 14 league matches, but since then they have notched 14 times in six games and dropped only two points.
Admittedly their fixture list has been rather favourable since that Boxing Day win over Chelsea, but on Saturday they have a real opportunity to send out a warning signal when they face title contenders Manchester United.
Solskjaer hopes for reaction after shock midweek defeat
The Red Devils will be heading into this game in a rather fragile state as well after their shock defeat to bottom placed Sheffield United in midweek. This brought their 13 league game unbeaten streak to an end and well and truly took the spring out of their step after that fantastic weekend win over Liverpool.
However, Manchester United do still have their away record to draw confidence from. They haven’t lost a top flight away game in over a year now, winning 13 of their 17 trips since and scoring in all but one of those.
Goals at both ends expected on Saturday
They have only kept two clean sheets from their ten away days this season though and they’re facing an Arsenal side with renewed confidence up front. The Gunners have scored in seven of their last eight league matches, so backing both teams to score on Saturday looks a good option.
We’re expecting these two in-form sides to cancel each other out as well. Two of both Arsenal and Man Utd’s last four respective home and away games have ended all square, so we’re opting for a 1-1 correct score prediction.
Alexandre Lacazette is worth considering in the anytime goalscorer market as well. The French striker found the net at St Mary’s in midweek and has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances.
Arsenal injuries and team news
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to miss out again through personal reasons, with Nicolas Pepe expected to start in his place. Kieran Tierney will be hoping to recover in time to play, while Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey were both forced off in midweek.
New loan signing Martin Odegaard could make his Arsenal debut, while fellow Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is also in contention.
Manchester United injuries and team news
Eric Bailly is still a doubt after picking up a knock in midweek training, and Victor Lindelof is expected to start in place of Axel Tuanzebe on Saturday.
Edinson Cavani could once again rotate into the starting lineup in place of the out of form Anthony Martial, while Scott McTominay and Fred are likely to come into the midfield and move Paul Pogba onto the wing.