Preview: Man Utd v Arsenal, Team News, Line-Up & Prediction

By on May 16, 2015
Francis Coquelin-Arsenal

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Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s disappointment when we take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The 1-0 loss to Swansea was a real set-back as it ended our long unbeaten run and now leaves us in a battle to finish in the top three and avoid a nervy Champions League play-off.

We are still two points clear of United with a game in hand but defeat tomorrow would see us drop to fourth and under pressure to win our final two games against Sunderland and West Brom.

The good news is that United haven’t been in great form themselves and were extremely fortunate to beat Crystal Palace last weekend so they are there for the taking if we can put in a good performance.

The FA Cup win back in March should give the players confidence and a Premier League victory at Old Trafford is long overdue, so lets hope we can bring home the three points tomorrow.

Team News

Danny Welbeck won’t be available to face his former side as he’s failed to recover from a knee injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a fresh hamstring injury which could end his season while Mikel Arteta is still working his way back to full fitness.

Aaron Ramsey is also a doubt after picking up a knock against Swansea and while Mathieu Debuchy is back in training, he won’t be available for this game.

As for United, Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw have been ruled out but RvP and Angel Di Maria have been passed fit.

Preferred Line-up

The back five picks itself these days but I would make one change in attack. Ramsey on the right-wing doesn’t work for me so even if he’s fit, I’d play Walcott for his pace and width.

We need a big performance from Coquelin tomorrow and Giroud also needs to  up his game. The Frenchman has gone off the boil in recent weeks so we desperately need him back among the goals.


A win would be nice but I’d take a draw right now as it would leave us in a great position to wrap up third with a win over Sunderland on Wednesday. We don’t need to go chasing the game, the pressure is on United to win, so hopefully we play a sensible match and I think we’ll bring home a 1-1 draw. Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal


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