01 January 2020 live
Arsenal vs Manchester United
Arsenal will be looking to turn a new leaf on New Year’s Day and secure 3 points against a resurging Manchester United. Mikel Arteta’s side were leading by a lone goal before Chelsea scored twice to condemn The Gunners to another defeat in the same week. Despite the opportunities that have presented themselves in the last few days, Mikel Arteta has failed to find a win. It will be only a matter of time before the pressure will begin to mount on him. Arsenal has only one win in their last five matches; WLDDL. The fans are already beginning to wonder if Arteta is actually capable of turning Arsenal’s fortunes around with this crop of players or perhaps another approach should be taken. One that may involve letting a number of key players such as Mesut Ozil and Xhaka leave the club.
Arsenal stats have fallen short since their last match against Chelsea. The goal scoring stats remain at 1.3 goals per match leaving Arsenal at a total of 26 goals in 20 premiere league appearances. Previously they averaged a 54.6% ball possession before meeting Chelsea but now have 53.9%. The former record of 12.1 shots per game dropped to 11.8. This statistic paints a clear picture – no progress was made since their last appearance. The league table showed this clearly as Arsenal moved from 11th to 12th place.
Meanwhile, Manchester United who have found some reprieve after recent disappointments look like a better side compared to Arsenal. Having back-to-back victories has left Ole Gunnar’s side feeling confident ahead of the match against a familiar old rival. Once again it will be player-turned-coach for both teams facing off, but this time around in the dugout. United finished thier last game to Burnley FC 2-0. It was an uneventful match saw the Man U’s attacking duo, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford score at 44’ and 90+5’ respectively. Martial now has 7 goals to his name while Rashford has 12. Rashford is Man U’s highest goal scorer this season. Man. U has 2 wins in their last four games; DLWW.
The last time both sides met ended 1-1. Thanks to goals by Scott Mc Tominay for Manchester United (45’) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal (58’). United had more ball possession 55% and took 16 shots over Arsenal’s 10. The Red Devils also completed 440 passes which was 76 more than Arsenal. Both sides are in two different situations but both will be looking for one result – a victory.
Both sides will likely use a 4-3-2-1 formation with Lacazette and Anthony Martial at center forward position for their respective sides. Calum Chambers seems doubtful while Sead Kolasinac remains out injured. Meanwhile, Man U has no notable injury or suspension list so Ole Gunnar’ will be able to select his best IX.
Referee Christopher Kavanagh who has been working just as hard as the premier league teams will once again officiate this game. Kick-off is scheduled for 8PM (UK Time).
Match: Arsenal vs Manchester United (2nd Leg 2019/20 EPL Season)
Match Day: 21
Venue: Emirate Stadium
Kick-off: 6PM UK Time
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (England)
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 21:00.