Match: Arsenal vs Manchester United
League: English Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 1 January 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Arsenal vs Manchester United: Mikel Arteta has not yet led Arsenal towards winning roads since taking over the helm. However, with Manchester United erratic on the road, the hosts are still in the race to start the new calendar year with all three points in the bag.
Arsenal received more problems last week after losing a goal advantage and ended up losing 2-1 to Chelsea at home. Despite a vigorous start with Aubameyang pushing the Gunners, the hosts went out of their way in the final minutes of the game and conceded a tie and a winning goal towards the end of regulation time.
Miserably, the home team only has one victory to show off their last fifteen games in all competitions. With no more than twenty-four points to his name, Arsenal certainly has a lot to catch up.
On the other hand, Manchester United is in a much more solid form at the moment. The Red Devils have stumbled only once in their last nine Premier League games.
Their previous crash on the road had seen them beat Burnley with a 2-0 score. Before that, they beat Newcastle at home with a 4-1 victory.
Either way, the guests have not been the strongest on the road this season. They have lost points in seven of their last ten outings. And they have come out on top only twice in their last five games.
It should also be mentioned that visitors did not obtain bragging rights on five of their eight previous trips here. Since it was Arsenal who won in their last meeting at Emirates Stadium, Manchester United is the loser in securing three points this week.
However, the hosts have admitted consecutive losses in their last three home games. Since the second leg of that match also ended in a draw, the safest clearance would have a double chance.
In addition, Arsenal has unsolved defensive problems, and has been fully exposed this season. The Gunners don’t have a blank sheet in each of their last six PL games here.
Meanwhile, United has made no mistake finding the bottom of the net even on the road, and so far has scored twelve goals.
To top it off, the visitors had their names on the match sheet with the hosts during two of their last three visits here. As such, expect both teams to wear their branded shoes on it.