Injuries and suspensions could make life tough for United in Saturday's big lunchtime clash.
Man Utd v Arsenal - Saturday 12:30, Sky Sports 1
Man Utd returned to winning ways just before the international break with a fully deserved victory away at Swansea. Paul Pogba scored the opener to fend off questions over his contribution before Zlatan Ibrahimovic rediscovered his scoring touch but is suspended here, and with Wayne Rooney an injury doubt Marcus Rashford should lead the line.
Since losing to Liverpool on the opening day of the season, Arsenal have gone 16 games unbeaten across all competitions, winning 10 of their last 12. Arsene Wenger was frustrated as his side were unable to take advantage of their scintillating form in the North London derby, but a win here would arguably be even more satisfying. Alexis Sanchez scored twice in midweek to ease any injury worries while United have problems in defence as well as up front, with both Smalling and Bailly injured, so the Chilean will fancy his chances of finding the net again.
Man Utd have the better of the head to head record, winning six of their last 10 top-flight meetings, only losing once, while Mourinho is unbeaten against Wenger in 11 Premier League games, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last five. However, that’s more a case of correlation than causation and while the Gunners have been on an upward trajectory United have headed the opposite way.
With the team news what it is, this represents a great chance for Arsenal to end their poor run at Old Trafford but we think the draw looks a shrewd pick at 3.3. Nine of Arsenal’s 20 matches against top-six finishers in the past two seasons ended level and with Mourinho’s tendency to park the bus in these big clashes there’s every chance of another stalemate.Free Bet If One Of Your 5+ Acca Lets You Down