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Arsenal vs Manchester United: Preview and Predicted Line-up 

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Manchester United will be travelling to Emirates Stadium to encounter Arsenal on Saturday in a crucial Premier League encounter. 

Arsenal have managed to earn a surprise victory in midweek after beating their London rivals Chelsea by 4-2. The Gunners went ahead twice in the first half courtesy of the contributions from Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe. However, on both occasions, Thomas Tuchel’s side came back brilliantly. 

Meanwhile, in the second half, Mikel Arteta’s side scored twice but this time the hosts failed to showcase their fighting spirit as they displayed in the first half. 

This was the north London club’s first victory after losing the previous three consecutive league games. Following this result, Arsenal are equalled in points with the fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, having played the same number of games. However, the Gunners are fifth in goal difference. 

On the other hand, Manchester United will come into this game off the back of a disappointing defeat against Liverpool. Ralf Rangnick’s side lost by 4-0 without managing to display any fighting spirit. 

Following this defeat, the Mancunians are currently sixth in the league with 54 points in 33 games. Three points behind Spurs, having played one extra game. 

Meanwhile, Manchester United won the reverse fixture against Arsenal by 3-2 thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo. And the north London club will be eyeing revenge from this encounter. 

Arsenal’s recent form in Premier League: W-L-L-L-W

Manchester United’s recent form in Premier League: W-D-L-W-L

Arsenal vs Manchester United team news:

Arsenal will be without their two crucial first team members, Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney due to injury issues. Takehiro Tomiyasu will remain sidelined for this encounter. 

Arsenal’s predicted line-up against Manchester United(4-2-3-1):

Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhães, Nuno Tavares; Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Eddie Nketiah 

Manchester United are going through injury problems over the past few games as Scott McTominay, Fred, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani were all unavailable due to injury issues and they might also miss out on Saturday’s fixture. 

Paul Pogba picked up a calf injury in the last game against Liverpool and could remain sidelined. Ronaldo wasn’t involved in the midweek fixture due to family issues but he should return to the starting eleven in place of Marcus Rashford. 

Manchester United’s predicted line-up against Arsenal(4-2-3-1):

David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Nemanja Matic, Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard; Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Elanga 

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United 

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