Arsenal take on Manchester United tomorrow afternoon at Old Trafford in what looks set to be an eye-catching encounter in the Premier League.
The Gunners’ latest victory against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa on Wednesday evening ensured that the north Londoners made it five wins out of five, keeping them at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag’s side have started to build momentum following a difficult start to the new campaign. The former Ajax coach lost both of his first two competitive games as Manchester United manager, with both Brighton and Brentford managing to take maximum points.
But the Red Devils have managed to bounce back under his stewardship, beating Liverpool, Southampton and most recently Leicester City at the King Power stadium. Ahead of the game, Ten Hag has stated that Anthony Martial will not be available, whilst both Aaron Wan Bissaka and Luke Shaw are doubts.
“It’s difficult to say when I talk about Luke Shaw and Aaron but Anthony Martial will not be available for Sunday,” Ten Hag said. “I cannot tell (when Martial will be back) at this moment.”
Meanwhile, it appears that injuries have also started to affect Mikel Arteta’s squad, with both Mohammed Elneny and Thomas Partey still unavailable, with further doubts also arising on the availability of Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
“Those two (Odegaard and Ramsdale) they’ve been assessed,” Arteta said in his latest press conference. “We will see more tomorrow. Hopefully they’ll be available to train with the team. Unfortunately with Alex, he’s missed two games and still hasn’t been able to train with the team yet.”
With Odegaard potentially missing out, this could give Emile Smith Rowe the opportunity to start his first game of the new campaign, operating in the right half-space, forming a partnership with fellow Hale End graduate Bukayo Saka.
Arsenal have failed to win at Old Trafford in the presence of fans since 2006, suggesting that the odds are against them. But with significant momentum gained and high confidence levels present within the squad, they will certainly fancy their chances in taking all three points and making a statement.