The ‘red half’ of North London, Arsenal are facing the ‘red half’ of Manchester, Manchester United at the Emirates Sports Stadium on Sunday, March 10 at 16:30 (GMT) as top four face heats up.
With just a point separating both sides on the league log and with only 9 matches to play, this encounter promises to be a thrilling one. Arsenal are fighting to get their way back into a Champions League slot from 5th position whilst Manchester United will look to maintain their 4th position at least or better it by catching Tottenham Hotspur on the 3rd position.
Both sides have already met twice this season, in a League and FA cup games: Manchester United (W1, D1) and Arsenal (L1, D1). The first Premiership encounter between both sides this season ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw (Game week 15) on Dec. 05. At Old Trafford.
Arsenal will be without Lucas Torreira (suspended), while Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are long term absentees.
Anthony Martial (groin) and Eric Bailly (muscular) are back for Man United. Ander Herrera (hamstring) and Nemanja Matic (muscle) have been absent for the last fortnight but are also in contention.
Only Manchester City with 42, have won more points in home matches this season than Arsenal, 38. But Manchester United’s 29 away points are bettered, only Spurs and Liverpool with 33 and 32 respectively have more.
Nine of Arsenal’s 13 Premier league wins over Manchester United have come on a Sunday. The last time both sides met at the Emirates Stadium was an FA cup which ended 3-1 in favour of Manchester United.
Alexander Lacazette can become only the second Arsenal player to score in six consecutive PL home matches, after Theiry Henry and the first at Emirates Stadium.
Paul Pogba has missed three PL penalties this season and could become the first to miss four in a campaign.
Arsenal will hope to leapfrog Manchester united and move into the top four when they host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who lie a place and a point above them on the PL table.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson.