Here is the latest form and squad news from Arsenal and Manchester United:
Arsenal Form and Team News
Arsenal were in a better spot a month ago, and many analysts tipped Mikel Arteta’s side to make the cut for the Champions League, but three straight losses against teams in the bottom half of the league sent them sprawling. However, the Gunners have shown incredible resolve to bounce back, defeating Chelsea in midweek to go three points above Manchester United with a game in hand.
Having lost only two home games all season, the Gunners lost two in a row for the first time since December 2020 and will hope to bounce back this weekend. They have a positive home record in the league this season, with ten wins, two draws, and four losses from 16 matches. Youngster Bukayo Saka struck the final blow against Chelsea to take his tally for the season to 10 goals and five assists, and he remains their brightest player in a forward role.
For injuries and suspensions, Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are out of contention with muscle and knee injuries. At the same time, Takehiro Tomiyasu is doubtful to return in time for the match.
Manchester United Form and Team News
United are having a terrible season by their standards, even though they have somewhat eroded since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. The Red Devils crumbled to a 4-0 defeat at Anfield, conceding nine goals against one opponent for the first time in Premier League history. They have only one win in their last five matches across all competition, with one draw and three losses.
United have lost their last three away games in the league and have failed to score at the Emirates Stadium in their last three visits. Such poor stats are not a surprise, as England’s biggest team has lost its spark recently. Cristiano Ronaldo remains Manchester United’s only beacon of hope presently, and his 15 goals and three assists played a huge role in keeping them in the ‘Top 4’ race.
United have several key absences currently. Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Edinson Cavani, Fred, and Raphael Varane are out with varying injuries and may not participate in the game against Arsenal.