Premier League preview: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Manchester United are at Old Trafford for Sunday’s Premier League clash versus league rivals Arsenal. Jose Mourinho’s side go into the game in a good run of form after sealing their berth in the FA Cup final and they can now concentrate on securing the runner-up spot in the Premier League.

The Red Devils are presently three points ahead of third-placed Liverpool with an additional game to play and a victory over the Gunners would surely put them on the cusp of cementing the second position.

Arsenal, who are currently sixth in the league standings, are expected to make wholesale changes to the team ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg versus Atletico Madrid and this should further enhance United’s prospects of securing three points.

Players to watch for:

Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United: Over the past few days, the main focus has been on how Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could perform against their former sides but Romelu Lukaku should emerge as the key threat for the visitors. The Belgium international has vastly improved his showing in 2018 with a couple of match-defining performances versus Chelsea and Liverpool and he should pose a genuine scoring threat against a makeshift Gunners backline. Lukaku has already notched 29 goals through the ongoing campaign and his prospects of scoring are bettered from the fact that Arsene Wenger’s side have not picked up a point or a clean sheet (Premier League) on the road in 2018.

Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal: Similarly to Lukaku, Lacazette was the subject of criticism midway through the season following a goal drought which was accompanied a knee swelling which required his journey. However, since his return earlier this month, the 26-year-old has looked in a good shape with seven goals coming from seven appearances and he has had a good beginning versus United after scoring against them back in December. Despite his indifferent form, Lacazette has contributed 16 goals for the Gunners during his debut campaign in England and his partnership alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be relishing to watch versus United, should Wenger decide to field both men at the same time.

Prediction:

Manchester United have generally had the better of the Gunners when it comes to the games at Old Trafford with Wenger’s time winning just once in the FA Cup over the past decade. With the changes expected from the Arsenal end, United should cruise to a comfortable win.

Manchester United 2-0 Arsenal

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