Arsenal’s superb dynamic in Premier League does not seem to have been interrupted by the international break reserved for the World Cup: indeed, Mikel Arteta’s men have gleaned 10 points out of the 12 possible since the end of the World Cup, even widening their gap a little more with their runner-up, Manchester City, halfhearted on his side. While the Skyblues will host the Wolves at the start of the afternoon, the London team will have to win at all costs to hope to keep the same gap of 5 points (Arsenal have one game less) or even increase it in the event of a counter- performance of Pep Guardiola’s foals.
For its part, Manchester United rose from its ashes, like a phoenix, and continued its fine series in the league: indeed, the Red Devils had chained 5 successes in a row before being held in check at Crystal Palace. Despite this parity score for the Eagles, Erik ten Tag’s men have made a comeback in the standings, standing in fourth place today. In the event of a victory at the Etihad Stadium, the Mancunians could even steal the last step of the podium from Newcastle, also neutralized by Palace. An unexpected favorable wind, especially after the complicated start to the season for residents of Old Trafford.
MU without Casemiro, Arsenal still without Jesus
Regarding team compositions, starting with Arsenal, the Spanish technician should keep his 4-2-3-1 with Rasmdale in goal. Supporting the central hinge Saliba-Gabriel, White and Zinchenko would take care of protecting the corridors of the defense. In front of the double pivot composed of Partey and Xhaka, Odegaard would wear the captain’s armband as playmaker. Saka and Martinelli would be responsible for bringing danger to the sides, while Nketiah, in form since the end of 2022 (4 goals TCC ), would be at the forefront of the Gunners’ attack.
For his part, the Dutch coach would not change his habits and would field the same device as his opponent in the afternoon. Accompanying the last rampart De Gea, Varane and Martinez would manage the axis of the rear guard alongside Wan-Bissaka, on the right, and Shaw on the other flank. Eriksen and Fred would form the midfield behind the attacking quartet: Antony and Rashford will dynamite the opposing corridors, with Fernandes as number 10 to initiate the Mancunian offensives. Finally, winter rookie Weghorst would occupy the goalscoring position in this formation.