United were top the Premier League table up until recently, but a shock 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday night leaves the Red Devils a point behind new leaders Man City – and Pep Guardiola’s side also boast a game in hand.
Arsenal’s disastrous start to the season means any title talk for Arteta’s team is extremely unlikely, even in such a disjointed season – but a recent upturn in results has sparked hopes that the Gunners can still mount a challenge for Champions League qualification.
Saturday’s match will be a test for both manager: for Arteta, it will be a sign of how far Arsenal have come; for Solskjaer, an examination of whether his squad has the mentality to bounce back from a surprise loss.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Arsenal vs Man Utd is scheduled for a 5:30pm GMT kick-off on Saturday, January 30, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Emirates Stadium due to coronavirus restrictions.
How to watch Arsenal vs Man Utd
TV channel: The match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.
Live stream: Fans can watch the match online via the SkyGo app.
Arsenal vs Man Utd team news
Arsenal: Dani Ceballos and Pablo Mari are expected to return to training in the next few days, but are unlikely to be available.
Martin Odegaard could feature after joining on loan from Real Madrid, but is more likely to be used as an impact sub than a starter. Kieran Tierney will be evaluated, though it remains to be seen whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return after being granted leave due to personal reasons.
Man Utd: Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof missed Wednesday’s defeat, but Axel Tuanzebe struggled at the back so Solskjaer will hope to have one of his regular centre-backs available.
Luke Shaw was also rested and should start at the Emirates along with Fred and Scott McTominay, with Nemanja Matic turning in a poor performance against Arsenal.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were also off the pace, and Edinson Cavani will likely come in for the latter.
Arsenal vs Man Utd predicted lineups
Arsenal XI: Leno; Cedric, Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Lacazette
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
Arsenal vs Man Utd prediction: 1-1 draw
The Gunners left Old Trafford with a 1-0 win back in November, though that result preceeded an alarming slump in form which sent Arteta’s side spiralling towards the relegation zone. The north Londoners have stabilised and will fancy their chances again, though United have the attacking talent to cause Arteta’s defence problems – a draw is most likely.
Arsenal vs Man Utd head to head (h2h) results
- Arsenal wins: 16
- Man Utd wins: 24
- Man Utd wins: 24
- Last meeting: Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal (01/11/2020)
Arsenal vs Man Utd odds and betting tips
- Arsenal win: 2/1
- Man Utd win: 8/5
- Draw: 13/5
- 2-2 draw: 14/1