Arsenal vs Manchester United: 5 key battles to watch out for

Jonathan Hernandez
December 2, 2017

Matic suffered a muscular injury while playing against Watford on Tuesday, and had to be taken off nine minutes into the second half.

The Frenchman will line up against the Gunners when the two sides meet tomorrow evening, hoping to close the eight point gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City. Giroud, Sanchez, Ozil, and Ramsey will be the players to watch for the hosts as they are in good form at the moment and any of them could turn out to be a match victor.

"We won the title in Manchester" is a chant still sung to this day by Arsenal fans, who saw their team famously take the Premier League title from Manchester United at Old Trafford, when keeper Fabian Barthez could only parry a Freddie Ljungberg shot into the path of Arsenal's enigmatic French winger Sylvain Wiltord, who put the ball away, cuing scenes of delirium amongst the travelling Arsenal faithful. Marouane Fellaini missed the midweek victory at Vicarage Road through injury.

United last won at the Emirates in 2014 and Arsenal are aiming to win their third game in a row at home against their fierce rivals for the first time since 1991.

Asked by reporters if that would affect his selection plans for this weekend, Mourinho replied: "I think I would always try to play the best possible team, even if the Champions League match was a must-win match".

"Borg's coach was telling him that all the time: "One point at a time; think about just one point". It is Arsenal, and that is hard enough without us being focused on other things.

Arsenal played 22 games so far in the 2017/18, recording 15 victories, two draws, and five losses with a goal difference of 41:22, which is 2.86 goals per contest on average.

"You sacrifice, but you enjoy it, so you go through it and you just want to recover to play those games". We don't think about how many points behind we are.

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