Arsenal were handed fresh woes last week after they squandered a one-goal advantage and ended up losing 2-1 to Chelsea at home. Despite starting strongly with Aubameyang firing the Gunners in front, the hosts fell out of their stride in the dying minutes of the game and conceded both the equalizer and the winning goal towards the end of regulation time.
The new year gets underway in style on Thursday as Arsenal and Manchester United renew hostilities with the latest chapter in arguably the most enduring and defining rivalry of the Premier League era.
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Far from the peak of the 1990s and early 2000s, though, both sides enter the new decade sitting outside the top four and looking to rediscover their past glories under the leadership of a former player.
Arsenal: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka; Xhaka, Torreira; Nelson, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Man United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Pogba, Rashford; Martial
Arsenal vs Manchester United Match Info
Date: Wednesday January 1 2020
Kick-off time: 9.00pm EU
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Arsenal vs Manchester United Head-To-Head Record
Last 4 matches
- September 30 2019: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
- March 10 2019: Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United
- January 25 2019 (FA Cup 4th round): Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United
- December 5 2018: Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal
Total head-to-head league matches played: 201
- Arsenal wins: 70
- Man Utd wins: 83
- Draws: 48
Arsenal vs Manchester United Prediction
Mikel Arteta has yet to make an impact as Arsenal manager and will hope to start turning things around when his out-of-sorts side host Manchester United on New Year’s Day evening.
The Spaniard is still getting to grips with the mess left by his compatriot Unai Emery and there is clearly no quick fix, as his caretaker predecessor Freddie Ljungberg also found – a run of only one win in 15 matches is simply dreadful form for a club such as the Gunners.
The latest blow was a 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea after leading for 70 minutes and even though Arteta is a managerial rookie, he knows he needs to start reversing the decline quickly or the road back to the top, where Arsenal feel they belong, will become even harder.
Manchester United, after improving their results, especially away from home, are the obvious bet here – but it may not be that simple. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have a decent record at the Emirates under the lights since 2014 and their counter-attacking game is ideal for this fixture.