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

Beth Cruz
December 2, 2017

The United manager, meanwhile, could be without Nemanja Matic for the match at Arsenal, after the midfielder asked to be substituted in the second half of Tuesday's 4-2 win at Watford with a muscle injury. Arsenal is now in the 4th position in the Premier League with 28 points, 12 behind the league leaders Manchester City.

"I don't know if he can play", Mourinho said on Friday. Mourinho's team failed to score in the past two visits to Emirates and won just once in the previous five travels to London, so I am sure the Portuguese tactician would be happy with a point from this clash.

A staggering scoreline. An already weakened Arsenal team, suffering from injuries and suspensions, were torn apart by a rampant United - who apparently showed no mercy until manager Sir Alex Ferguson quipped after the game "We could have scored more but you don't want to score more against a weakened team like that". I would go for the most important game now, which is the next one, tomorrow.

"Is just the game, is Arsenal, we don't think about how many points behind, is just Arsenal, is hard enough for us to be focused on other things".

Arsenal v Manchester United – Lacazette Ruled Out Of Key Clash Posted by Daniel Jenkins
Arsenal v Manchester United – Lacazette Ruled Out Of Key Clash Posted by Daniel Jenkins

The visit of leaders City is on the horizon but Mourinho insists he's only focusing on the game immediately ahead of him, referring to the famous Wimbledon tennis final of 1980. "Yesterday I was watching an interesting movie - Bjorn Borg v John McEnroe - and Bjorn's coach was telling him that all the time: one point at a time, think just about one point, and I tell my players [to] think just about the game".

Dunphy told Game On on RTE 2fm that he was impressed by the Gunners in their 2-0 victory over Spurs a fortnight ago and expects a similar display to produce a similar result.

'I always learned playing with my friends. Arsene Wenger's side dominated the game, allowing just 30% of ball possession to the Terriers and completed 809 passes, even 477 more than Huddersfield. "We don't think about that, just Arsenal".


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