Arsenal vs Man United lineups – Thomas Partey faces tough task handling Rashford

Arsenal vs Man United lineups – Thomas Partey faces tough task handling Rashford
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All eyes will be at the Emirates Stadium to witness Arsenal vs Man United battle for all three points in the Premier League on Sunday evening. Kick-off is scheduled for 16:30 BST, 3 September 2023.

Both teams' start to the campaign have left something to be desired but this blockbuster battle will surely entertain fans who're anticipating a great performance from their teams.

Mikel Arteta's men dropped points for the first time this season in a 2-2 draw with Fulham last weekend, while the Red Devils produced a captivating comeback to sink Nottingham Forest 3-2.

While this fixture at the Emirates last campaign was enthralling, will Arsenal make sure United go home empty-handed for the second time running in the Premier League?

Arsenal vs Man United
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Arsenal vs Man United probable lineups

Arsenal

Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Thomas Partey, Benjamin White, William Saliba, Takehiro Tomiyasu
Midfielders: Martin Ødegaard, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz
Forwards: Edward Nketiah, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli

Man United

Goalkeeper: André Onana
Defenders: Diogo Dalot, Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Midfielders: Casemiro, Christian Erikson, Bruno Fernandez
Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Antony Santos

Arsenal vs Man Utd confirmed lineups

Arsenal

gb
4-3-3
1
Aaron Ramsdale
gb
4
Ben White
gb
2
William Saliba
fr
6
Gabriel Magalhaes
br
35
Oleksandr Zinchenko
ua
8
Martin Odegaard
no
41
Declan Rice
gb
29
Kai Havertz
de
7
Bukayo Saka
gb
14
Edward Nketiah
gb
11
Gabriel Martinelli
br
Substitutes
15
Jakub Kiwior
pl
24
Reiss Nelson
gb
10
Emile Smith-Rowe
gb
9
Gabriel Jesus
br
20
Jorginho
it
18
Takehiro Tomiyasu
jp
22
David Raya
es
21
Fabio Vieira
pt
19
Leandro Trossard
be

Man Utd

gb
4-2-3-1
24
Andre Onana
cm
29
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
gb
2
Victor Lindelof
se
6
Lisandro Martinez
ar
20
Diogo Dalot
pt
18
Casemiro
br
14
Christian Eriksen
dk
21
Antony Santos
br
8
Bruno Fernandes
pt
10
Marcus Rashford
gb
9
Anthony Martial
fr
Substitutes
28
Facundo Pellistri
uy
17
Alejandro Garnacho
ar
11
Rasmus Hojlund
dk
46
Hannibal Mejbri
tn
35
Jonny Evans
gb
1
Altay Bayindir
tr
15
Sergio Reguilon
es
5
Harry Maguire
gb
44
Daniel Gore
gb

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Arsenal vs Man Utd predictions

This clash will presents an opportunity for one of these teams to obtain all three points and improve their chances at contending for the title

Arsenal vs Man United
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Prediction 1: Arsenal to Win

Mikel Arteta's team have dominated this fixture at home in the last five meetings; they've been unbeaten, making sure United only went back home with a point in their last five visits to the Emirates. This time, we are backing them to string their fifth win in six home games against the Red Devils.

Prediction 2: Casemiro to Score

We're backing Casemiro to be on the score-sheet in this game as he has shown to score for United in the big games. The midfield maestro netted for Erik ten Hag's side in the 3-2 win over Forest last time, and he will be looking to make it back-to-back in scoring terms for the Old Trafford side.

Prediction 3: First Half United Goal

Man United have scored in the first half of this fixture in their last four encounters with Arsenal in the league. Both teams also met during the pre-season and they also netted in the first half against Arteta's wards. We expect them to continue the streak on Sunday.

Arsenal vs Man Utd Head-to-Head

Others 31/07/23

gb

Man Utd

0
gb

Arsenal

0

Europe Friendlies 23/07/23

gb

Arsenal

0
gb

Man Utd

2

England Premier League 22/01/23

gb

Arsenal

3
gb

Man Utd

2

England Premier League 04/09/22

gb

Man Utd

3
gb

Arsenal

1

England Premier League 23/04/22

gb

Arsenal

3
gb

Man Utd

1

Thomas Partey faces tough task handling Rashford

Thomas Partey has been deployed in a hybrid defensive right-sided role for Mikel Arteta's side in recent games.

There has been suggestions that he’s being wasted at right-back but his numbers there say otherwise.

His pass frequency per 90 and accuracy are up from 61.65 passes per game at 89.8% last season to 71.52 passes per game at 92.8% this season. The story continues with passes into the final third (accuracy), up 10.51 (80.9%) to 14.03 (90.2%).

Arsenal vs Man United
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Partey's passes into the box per game despite not playing central midfield are also up impressively from 1.84 (46.4%) to 2.4 (71.4%). Without a doubt, Partey’s progressive passing abilities are arguably being harnessed to a higher degree in his new role compared to in central midfield.

Defensively the Black Star has been better too. His defensive duels per game (success % of duels) are up from 6.34 (63.7%) to 6.84 (85%), losses per game are down from 8.11 to 6.84 and recoveries per game are up from 10.12 to 10.27. He dribbled the ball more frequently and successfully too with dribbles per 90 (success %) last season at 1.45 (59.1%) up to 2.05 (66.7%).

However, with the arrival of Man United this time though, the changeability of this Arsenal midfield needs to come into effect with Partey playing at his favoured role; but if the Ghanaian is not returned to the midfield to partner Declan Rice, then he will face a long tough battle with Rashford who'd fancy the opportunity to utilize the player being used outside his position.

Where to watch Arsenal vs Man United live in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya

You can catch all the action live on Supersport Gotv Football, Supersport Maximo and the Supersport Premier League channel if you live in Nigeria, Kenya or Ghana.

This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago