Erik ten Hag’s Man Utd revolution came to a temporary halt in midweek as Michael Olise’s last-minute free-kick denied the club three points against Crystal Palace. That late agony was compounded by Casemiro’s cynical yellow card, which has ultimately ruled him out of Sunday’s journey to London through suspension.
It was a double blow for Ten Hag when things were looking rather rosy in the 80th minute at Selhurst Park. Within 10 minutes his side inexplicably fell apart, dropping unnecessary points to end their five-game winning run and losing key man Casemiro for arguably their biggest game of the campaign so far.
That 1-1 draw in south London means Man Utd remain third in the table, rather than momentarily leapfrogging Man City in what could now potentially open up as a three-horse race for the title. A win on Sunday for The Red Devils would reduce the gap between themselves and Arsenal to just five points.
The Gunners enter this showdown well-rested in midweek and revelling in the dizzying heights of emphatically picking apart an arch-nemesis last time out. Mikel Arteta masterminded a rather comfortable 2-0 win in Sunday’s North London Derby (save for a brief spell of second-half success from Spurs) to consolidate first in the table.
His side remain with just the single defeat this term, which incidentally came at Old Trafford back in September. Ten Hag oversaw a 3-1 win, so Arteta will be scenting blood as he looks to go for the jugular, exact revenge and put some distance between themselves and a potential title challenger.
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Arsenal v Man Utd match stats
There were question marks as to whether Arsenal would be able to sustain their title bid after Gabriel Jesus picked up an injury in the World Cup. Tut they have weathered the injury storm with little fuss. Part of the reason behind their continued success has been the form of Gabriel Martinelli.
The Brazilian winger enters this showdown having been directly involved in 10 goals across his last 10 Premier League games at the Emirates (six goals, four assists). Incredibly, he has only failed to either score or assist a goal in two of his appearances in that run. It will take something special from Man Utd to stop him.
As for who could be the difference-maker for Man Utd, Marcus Rashford has been riding the crest of a post-World Cup wave, scoring eight goals in eight games following events in Qatar. On top of that, he’s pretty potent against The Gunners. The England international has been directly involved in eight goals during his 10 Premier League starts against Arsenal (four goals, four assists)
04 Sep 2022 – Man Utd 3-1 Arsenal – Premier League
23 Apr 2022 – Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd – Premier League
02 Dec 2021 – Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal – Premier League
30 Jan 2021 – Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd – Premier League
01 Nov 2020 – Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal – Premier League
It was an unexpected triumph from Man Utd back in September. The Red Devils entered the match still bruised from their opening two defeats to Brighton and Brentford, despite a mini-resurgence towards the end of August, while Arsenal had won their opening five games. However, it was Ten Hag who claimed a huge scalp, with Antony scoring his first goal for the club and Rashford bagging a brace to cancel out Saka’s equaliser.
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