Manchester United vs Arsenal score predicted by simulation ahead of Premier League clash – Football.London

Arsenal face their toughest test of the season so far as they look to make it six wins from six in the Premier League this weekend against a resurgent Manchester United side.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli either side of Douglas Luiz’s equaliser saw Arsenal claim a 2-1 home win against Aston Villa last time out. The win saw Mikel Arteta‘s side remain at the top of the league and now the only side yet to drop any points, with their 100% record intact.

But a trip to Old Trafford awaits Arsenal this weekend, facing an in-form Manchester United side. The last meeting between the two sides saw the Gunners beat United 3-1 at the Emirates, but both squads have changed a lot since April.

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Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all confirmed as absentees for Arsenal’s trip up north. Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale are both being ‘assessed’ ahead of the game, and if the two were missing, that could prove a huge blow for the Gunners.

So, how could Arteta line up against Man United? Can the Gunners keep up their winning start to the season? We simulated the game to get a score prediction.

Man United vs Arsenal score predicted by simulation

To complete this simulation, we used FIFA 22 and updated the squads with the latest transfers. Due to FIFA 22 not having the latest kits, both sides lined up in the kits from the 2021/22 season, while kit numbers for new transfers may also be incorrect.

We predict that Erik ten Hag’s side could line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their line-up as follows: De Gea; Dalot, Martinez, Varane, Malacia; Casemiro, McTominay; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo.

Arsenal's predicted XI vs Man United
Arsenal’s predicted XI vs Man United

We then predict that Arsenal could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

The first half belonged to Man United, with Arsenal struggling to get a hold of the ball as Aaron Ramsdale was tested multiple times. This continued into the second half, and after United’s new signing Antony was introduced with 20 minutes to go, Ramsdale had to make a big save to deny him.

Ramsdale denied Antony in the second half
Ramsdale denied Antony in the second half

After a misplaced pass from William Saliba, Antony latched onto the ball and charged toward goal. A big touch from the Brazilian saw Gabriel commit and lose out, sending the Brazilian through one-on-one. Antony tried to curl it around Ramsdale, but the ‘keeper made himself big and smothered the shot. But, United did take the lead from the resulting corner, with Kieran Tierney scoring an own goal.

Kieran Tierney scored an own goal to make it 1-0 to Man United
Kieran Tierney scored an own goal to make it 1-0 to Man United

A short corner to Antony saw the Brazilian skip past Takehiro Tomiyasu and reach the box. The forward clipped a cross towards the back post that was met by Casemiro, and his header took a huge deflection off Tierney’s shoulder to trickle into an empty net.

With 15 minutes remaining, Arsenal introduced Emile Smith-Rowe and Fabio Vieira in an attempt to find an equaliser. After a flurry of chances, Vieira found the leveller with seven minutes to go.

Vieira made it 1-1
Vieira made it 1-1

It was the two substitutes that linked up for the goal, with Smith-Rowe the provider. The Englishman charged down the right before sending a cross towards the near post, and Vieira beat Raphael Varane in the air to head past David De Gea.

Vieira showed excellent movement to get in between Varane and Martinez to notch his first Arsenal goal, and what a place to get it! Neither side could find a winner, and the points were shared.

FIFA 22 predicted score: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

Here are the full match stats for this simulation.

FT stats from Man United 1-1 Arsenal on FIFA 22
FT stats from Man United 1-1 Arsenal on FIFA 22

FIFA 22 predicts that an even affair could see Arsenal held to a 1-1 draw against Manchester United, making it the first game Arsenal have failed to win this season. Ramsdale made 11 saves and was the player of the match in the simulation, potentially showing how vital he could be on Sunday. Arteta will have his fingers crossed that the goalkeeper will be fit this weekend.

What do you think the score will be between Arsenal and Manchester United? Let us know in the comments.


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