Mikel Arteta won both matches against United without conceding a goal. Solskjaer lost to an outsider in the last round and needs rehabilitation.
The central match of the 21st round of the English Premier League will be held in London, at the “Emirates”, where Arsenal will host Manchester United. Mikel Arteta’s team meets this game with a 6-match unbeaten streak in the championship and being in the middle of the table. As for the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the “Red Devils” are involved in the championship battle and are behind the leader City by a total point.
In the history of confrontation between these English clubs, which has been going on for more than a century, the advantage is on the Manchester side. However, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has some interesting statistics with the Red Devils. The Spaniard won 2 times and lost 11 times in total during his football career. Instead, as a coach, he led the team twice against the Mancunians and won both times – 2: 0 and 1: 0.
As for the current situation, the fact is that Mikel Arteta has sorted out Arsenal’s defense. The team has conceded a total of 2 goals in the last 6 games of the championship. At the same time, the Spaniard does not forget about the other rings. Most recently, Norwegian Martin Odegaard was added to the midfield. The 22-year-old Norwegian Arsenal will defend the honor of Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season.
Before the match against Manchester United, Arsenal still has significant personnel problems. It is doubtable if 4 key players will play at once. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of the team for family reasons. So, it is unknown whether he will be able to play this time. Minor health problems were ruled out by the play of Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith Rowe, Danny Ceballos and Pablo Mari.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boasted that his team was the best in the Premier League in the first month of the new year. But they got very bitter at home in the last round – losing the championship hopeless outsider Sheffield United (1: 2) and ending a 13-match unbeaten streak.
The loss also cost United a loss to the top of the table. Now Solskjaer and his apprentices have to achieve the desired result in London in the eyes of the fans for rehabilitation. Among other things, Manchester should give hope to the impressive results shown in the away matches. In the current Premier League season, the team has won 8 out of 10 away matches, lost none and scored 24 goals.
In the next confrontation, it is unlikely that Eric Bailly will go out on the field. The game of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones is also excluded.