While Manchester United versus Arsenal is arguably the flagship game of the Premier League, this one feels a little like a damp squib. With Arsenal likely resting many players and United needing a catastrophe to avoid making the Champions League, there’s precious little riding on this one.
The Red Devils come into this one knowing there’s a bit of a soap opera behind this one. It’s the final trip of Arsene Wenger to face his old nemesis Jose Mourinho. With United also boasting Alexis Sanchez, ex-Arsenal, as part of the team, they’ll likely go full strength here.
Wenger scored an impressive win in May last season against United, winning 2-0. Mourinho will want to make sure that he wins his final bout with the Frenchman. Expect United to go full-strength, with their Champions League place secure and only the FA Cup to play for.
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Arsenal, meanwhile, will likely have one eye on the Europe League. Their first semi-final leg falls on Thursday, three days before the game. The result they get there to take into the second leg will determine what team comes into this high-octane match at Old Trafford.
With Alexandre Lacazette likely to play in the Europa League tie, we suspect that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will start here. The Gabonese forward has been impressive for Arsenal since arriving in January, and will likely play a key role in the Gunners leaving Old Trafford with a result, thanks to his searing pace.
Match-up to Watch
Whether the United defence can handle Aubameyang will go some way to deciding the match. With Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling the likely pairing, they’ll need to deal with the rapid-fire pace of the Arsenal man. If they can keep the supply to him down, though, this should be a comfortable United win.