Preview - Arsenal vs Manchester United 11 March 19

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Match Day 30
Arsenal vs. Manchester United
Monday, March 11th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.10
Average goals against per match: 1.34
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (16)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.31
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (12)

The best is very much saved until last on Match Day 30 in the Premier League with one of English football's classic clashes. Its Arsenal vs Manchester United at the Emirates in what looks set to be a cracker. With United fourth and the Gunners fifth, and just one point between the sides, there's quite a bit riding on this one in terms of Champion's League qualification.

The most recent clash between the sides came here in the FA Cup, with Manchester Unite posting an impressive 3-1 success. The game here in the league last season also resulted in a 3-1 United victory. The reverse of this fixture at Old Trafford finished up in a 2-2 draw.

Lucas Torreira is suspended for Arsenal who will also be without Rob Holding, Héctor Bellerín and Danny Welbeck through injury. Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez make up what is a lengthy Manchester United injury list.

Both sides were in European action over in France but enjoyed contrasting fortunes; United winning 3-1 at PSG, and Arsenal going down by the same score-line in Rennes.

Arsenal's 5-1 battering of Bournemouth in their most recent game here improved their home record to 12 wins and just one defeat from their 15 games here this season. The Gunners have scored two or more in 11 of those 15.

United are unbeaten in 12 in the league under Solskjaer and a perfect six from six on the road under the Norwegian.

United were excellent in PSG in midweek, but that surely must have taken something out them. There have also been a few signs of vulnerability of late against both Burnley and Southampton. They are a tough side to oppose at present, but Arsenal are generally excellent at home and may just take advantage of having the healthier squad.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 - 2 Manchester United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  14 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 46% - 54%

Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac were booked for the home side, with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba of Manchester United also making their way into referee Jonathan Moss's notebook.

This really was a game of fine margins which in truth could have gone either a way. A look at the stats shows just how tight this was. In the end a slightly strange goal and a penalty kick were enough to give the Gunners the points as they handed Ole Gunner Solskjaer his first league defeat as United boss.

The home side opened the scoring in the 12th minute.  Granit Xhaka receiving the ball around 25 yards out slightly right of centre and firing on goal. His effort seemed to be heading straight at David De Gea and wasn't in the corner but a late swerve on the ball wrongfooted the United keeper and in it went. 1-0 at the break.

The second came in the 69th minute. Alexandre Lacazette played in in the right of the area. Fred getting back to try and challenge but Lacazette going down. This did look slightly soft, but the referee pointed to the spot. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have missed a big penalty at Spurs last week, but he stepped up nonetheless, waiting for the keeper to move and finishing down the middle. No way back for United. 2-0 final score.

This could prove to be a pivotal result in the race for the top four, particularly with Chelsea dropping a couple of points this weekend Arsenal now move up into fourth and are two points clear of Manchester United who drop to fifth. With nine still to play this looks like going down to the wire.

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