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Arsenal vs Manchester United: Everything you need to know

We are firmly at the business end of this season’s Premier League with matches at both the top and bottom of the league becoming crucial. 

This weekend is no different, and an exciting round of fixtures kicks off at the Emirates as Arsenal host Manchester United. Arsenal are the betting favourites with NetBet Sport and other bookmakers, and despite a wretched run of form they seem to have turned things around, while United seem to be in a downward spiral with no exit in sight.

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Arsenal and Manchester United will meet for the second time this season at the Emirates stadium. The match will kick off at 12:30 and will be crucial to the prospects of both teams finishing inside the top 4.

Arsenal will head into the match three points and one place above their Manchester rivals. Arsenal who are fifth in the table are level on points with their North London rivals Tottenham, and know that any form of a positive result against United will see them move above their great rivals.

Arsenal head into this crucial encounter full of confidence after their excellent 4-2 victory against Chelsea. Arsenal who had lost their last three fixtures against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton travelled to Stamford Bridge earlier this week knowing they needed to stop the slide. With their backs against the wall, they produced arguably their best performance of the season and thoroughly deserved all three points. 

In contrast, United head into the contest knowing that they are firmly in the last chance saloon when it comes to finishing inside the top 4. United are three points behind both Arsenal and Spurs but have crucially played a match more than both North London sides. A loss at the Emirates will make finishing inside the top 4 almost impossible. United’s misery was compounded earlier this week when they were at the end of a 4-0 thrashing against Liverpool.

The last ten matches between the sides have been competitive. United have won four, Arsenal three and there have been three draws. United last won at the Emirates in 2019.

Both sides head into the contest at the wrong end of the form table with Arsenal in 15th and United 13th. However, despite the Gunners winning just two of their last five, the performances of the team haven’t been bad, they simply haven’t been able to find the back of the net.

United look devoid of confidence at both ends of the pitch and too many of their better players have gone missing. Like Arsenal, United have won just two of their last five league games and on each occasion, it has required a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick to fire them to victory. With Ronaldo missing in their humiliating 4-0 defeat against Liverpool, United looked devoid of any attacking ideas. Ronaldo is due to return to action this weekend and most of the goal-scoring burden will fall on his shoulders. 

Both sides need to win as a loss could be terminal for any hopes that they have of finishing inside the top 4. There have been many memorable matches between the teams in the past and many will be hoping that this Saturday could bring about another classic encounter.

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