Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Manchester United
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, October 4 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Arsenal 1/1 – Draw 13/5 – Manchester United 13/5
Arsenal renew their rivalry with Manchester United in a huge Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon with both sides fighting to lead the table after eight games.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger finds himself under pressure once again after he watched his side lose 3-2 at home to Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
They have been better domestically than on the continent so far this campaign and will be looking to follow up last Saturday’s 5-2 win away at Leicester here.
Arsenal’s Premier League record: P7 – W4 – D1 – L2
Manchester United lead the Premier League after seven weeks of the new season, having only lost one game so far this term.
Louis Van Gaal’s side haven’t been dominating opponents by any stretch, but picking up three points more often than not is serving them well so far.
They beat Wolfsburg 2-1 on Wednesday night in the Champions League and have scored three goals in each of their last three league games coming into this.
Manchester United’s Premier League record: P7 – W5 – D1 – L1
The last meeting between these rivals ended 1-1 at Old Trafford in May, though United were victorious at the Emirates last season, winning 2-1.
Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Mikel Arteta and Laurent Koscielny as all are ruled out through injury, while Mathieu Flamini and Petr Cech are doubts but should be passed fit to play.
Manchester United have much less to worry about on the injury front. Luke Shaw remains a long-term absentee, while Marcos Rojo is also ruled out. Matteo Darmian could move back over to right-back with Daley Blind likely to be pushed out to left-back.
Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/L/W
Manchester United’s last five: D/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: Arsenal have only won one of their last 13 Premier League games against Manchester United.
Key Player: Juan Mata – The Spanish playmaker has been in excellent form so far this season and put in another special show in the Champions League on Wednesday. Expect him to create chances galore for United.
Arsenal 1-1 Man United – Very difficult to split these two coming into the game. United may boast better form, but they are on the road against an Arsenal side that needs to put in a really positive performance. Wenger is under pressure to get his side winning matches and this should be a highly entertaining game as a result.