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Gabriel Jesus returns to Manchester fully fit for his new team Arsenal
Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Manchester United v Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday
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Facundo Pellistri (ankle) and Brandon Williams (unspecified) remain sidelined and Anthony Martial (Achilles) is doubtful.
Reiss Nelson, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey (all thighs) are ruled out and Oleksandr Zinchenko (knee) is doubtful.
It’s 75 years since Arsenal started a season with six successive league wins, but they can match their side’s feat of 1947-48 by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Gunners were crowned champions that season, but a title charge is still seen as unlikely this season.
Mikel Arteta’s main target will be a top-four finish and this weekend’s clash could be a key battle as United re-emerge as contenders for Champions League qualification.
There was a toxic mood among United fans after Erik ten Hag’s side were beaten 4-0 at Brentford, but three successive wins changed the outlook and no expense was spared on the football front. transfers with Casemiro and Antony joining the ranks towards the end of the transfer window.
United’s clear intention is to quickly emerge from last season’s mediocrity and each win helps them rebuild the confidence that seems shattered after their opening two games.
However, there is still a long way to go before United can think of competing on equal terms with the best clubs in the world.
They deserved 2-1 wins at home to injured Liverpool and showed a tougher squad with 1-0 away wins over Southampton and Leicester, but the game with Arsenal presents a much tougher test. of their abilities.
Arsenal took advantage of an advantageous schedule to quickly shake off any notion of a hangover from last season.
William Saliba has forged a strong centre-back partnership with Gabriel and the attack has been seriously improved by the arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.
The Brazilian got off to a stunning start – with three goals and three assists – and looks to complement Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, who are the other key elements in Arsenal’s deft attack.
There’s plenty of pace and smart movement and no lack of creativity with Martin Odegaard invariably picking the right passes.
Offensively, Arsenal don’t seem a million miles from the top sides, but their midfield could prevent them from sustaining a real title challenge.
Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are recent additions to the treatment room and, while Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka performed reasonably well in Wednesday’s 2-1 home win against Aston Villa, they are more likely to struggle against better opposition.
Arsenal tried and failed to strengthen their midfield on deadline day and that could be a situation that affects them as the season heats up.
However, in the short term, everything looks pretty rosy in the Gunners’ backyard and there’s every chance they’ll deliver a reality check for the Red Devils this weekend.
Arsenal have won their last six Premier League games
Penalty taker Bruno Fernandes/Cristiano Ronaldo
Ace of assistance Christian Erikson
Aerial threat on set piece Raphael Varane
card magnet Scott McTominay
Penalty taker Gabriel Jesus
Ace of assistance Gabriel Jesus
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:00 PM, SEPTEMBER 3, 2022