Arsenal’s will be looking to turn around their away form against the top six…
Three things appear to be inevitable in life – death, taxes and Arsenal losing away from home to the top six. However, they come up against Manchester United on Monday night and they will be looking to crush this hoodoo.
Here are five reasons why I think Arsenal will beat Manchester United…
1. Emery already has Ole’s number
Man United fans will remember the good old days. When there was real hope around the club again and a lot of faith was instilled into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This is because they went on a long unbeaten run when he first took charge, both in the Champions League and the Premier League.
However, he faced a visit to the Emirates Stadium and Unai Emery was there to greet him. The Spaniard served Ole his first loss as United manager and he will be looking to serve up again.
He may have his critics right now, but nobody can deny that Emery has the ability to tactically outplay his opposite number. He is not a stubborn manager and he is more than happy to adapt his tactics in order to get the better of the opposition.
Emery’s midfield will be pivotal in getting the win in this fixture. Manchester United tend not to react well when the midfield is exposed, as was displayed against West Ham when Mark Noble bossed it. With Matteo Guendouzi in fine form at the moment, this should be no sweat for Emery.
2. Manchester United have a growing list of injuries
Part of Manchester United’s downfall is that they have little squad depth. They did strengthen in the transfer window but not in the positions they needed. Now, they are faving the consequences since their injury list is growing and they have insufficient players to replace them.
According to Metro, the trio of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are all serious doubts for this fixture. This would leave the Red Devils with little to no options going forward. Therefore, Arsenal have the edge and they can take the game by the scruff of the neck on an attacking front if they play their cards right.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have everything going right for them in the injury department. I know, that seems almost impossible to believe, doesn’t it?
In midweek, Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin all fought back from injury. The latter two got a goal and an assist respectively, while Tierney put forward one of the best debuts Arsenal fans have seen in recent years.
This is bound to give the players around them a confidence boost and it will take the pressure off their teammates, knowing that they are almost at full match fitness. I have trust that all three of them will play some sort of role in the match against Manchester United.
Arsenal were in no dire need of these returnees, however, the players who were in fine form beforehand will welcome them back with open arms…
3. The best is yet to come of Granit Xhaka
Ever since he arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach, Arsenal fans have been longing for more from Granit Xhaka. He has evolved into something of a scapegoat for the Gunners in recent seasons. However, this is all about to change.
Xhaka works best when there is trust all around him. He was the main man at Gladbach and he has been the main man for Switzerland for many years now. It’s no surprise that when the fans trust him, he repays them with consistently good performances.
Anyway, he was gifted the permanent role as captain yesterday morning by Unai Emery. He is the best man for the job and he’s proven it time and time again. Although he is not the most experienced in the roster, the qualities he has speak for themselves.
A lot of Arsenal’s play runs through the Swiss international since he is the midfield enforcer. His dictation of play is key to most attacking moves. He has an excellent range of passing and his shooting from distance is second to none.
Xhaka is an excellent reader of the game and he is not afraid to call his teammates out if they are not in position or doing the right thing. For example, against Watford, he shouted at his teammates to stop playing out from the back since nobody else would.
Xhaka always seems to pull it out of the bag against Manchester United. He has scored two impressive goals against them at the Emirates Stadium despite not being a regular goal scorer. Keep an eye out for Xhaka, since even one moment of brilliance from him could create a goal-scoring opportunity for the Gunners.