Thursday, September 7, 2023

Arsenal vs Manchester United LIVE: English giants meet in massive early-season clash – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates this weekend in a huge early-season Premier League clash.

The Gunners and Red Devils are two of the world’s biggest clubs and this fixture always produces fireworks.

Arsenal were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw against Fulham last weekendGetty

Man United came from 2-0 down to beat Nottingham Forest 3-2

Neither have looked at their best so far this season and both have already dropped points to fall behind Manchester City.

However, a win here could spark their seasons into life while dealing an early blow to their rivals.

But no matter what happens, this should be a game full of action and drama right to the very end.

Arsenal vs Man United: Date and how to follow

This Premier League clash is set to take place on Sunday, September 3.

Kick-off at the Emirates is scheduled for 4:30pm.

The match is set to be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with their coverage beginning at 4pm.

Sky Go customers will be able to stream the match through their laptops or mobile devices.

Alternatively, fans can purchase a one-day NOW TV membership for £11.99 or a monthly one for £34.99 a month.

talkSPORT will have regular updates throughout the afternoon and will have a live blog to take you through the action.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Arteta is yet to see the best from his teamGetty

Arsenal vs Man United: Team news

Gabriel Jesus could make his first start of the season for the Gunners after overcoming a knee problem.

But Jurrien Timber and Mohamed Elneny are long-term injury absentees.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta could elect to bring Gabriel Magalhaes and Oleksandr Zinchenko back into the side.

For United, Raphael Varane has been ruled out for a few weeks while Mason Mount and Luke Shaw are out with unspecified injuries.

They join Kobbie Mainoo, Amad Diallo and Tyrell Malacia on the sidelines.

But new £72million man Rasmus Hojlund might make his debut.

Hojlund is back in training with UnitedGetty

Arsenal vs Man United: What has been said?

Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor believes Arteta needs to stop tinkering with his team.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “Why is Arteta trying to do this experiment with Arsenal? Why are you playing with no striker? Why are you playing with a false nine and why have you not started [Eddie] Nketiah?

“Why are you playing [Kai] Havertz? Why is Thomas Partey playing right-back?

“Why aren’t you playing [Ben] White, [William] Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko in a back four, a midfield of Partey, [Declan] Rice and [Martin] Odegaard and then [Bukayo] Saka, Nketiah and [Gabriel] Martinelli? That’s the team that Arsenal should be playing.”

Havertz has yet to spark into life for ArsenalGetty

Arsenal vs Man United: Match facts

Arsenal have won four of their last five home league games against Man Utd (D1), including the last two. They last won three in a row against the Red Devils between 1988 and 1991.Manchester United have lost five of their last nine Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W2 D2), one more than they had in their previous 23 against the Gunners (W12 D7 L4).Arsenal have lost just two of their last 24 Premier League home games (W18 D4), going down against Manchester City in February and Brighton in May. The Gunners have scored in 22 of these 24 games, netting at least twice in 20 of those, but they’ve also only kept four clean sheets in this run.Manchester United have won six of their last seven Premier League games, losing the other in London against Spurs last month. The Red Devils have picked up just six points from their last 10 league visits to the capital (W1 D3 L6) and are winless in their last five (D2 L3).12 of the last 16 Premier League goals Arsenal have conceded at the Emirates have been scored in the second half – three of the other four goals have been scored in the opening minute of the game, by Philip Billing in March for Bournemouth, Carlos Alcaraz in April for Southampton and Andreas Pereira in August for Fulham. The Gunners are the first side in Premier League history to concede three goals in the first minute of matches in a calendar year.Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 22 home Premier League matches against United teams (W19 D3), facing Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and West Ham in that time without losing. Manchester United were the last to be victorious back in December 2017.Manchester United have had more high turnovers (41) and pressed sequences (56) than any Premier League side so far this season, while only Brighton (11) have had more shots following a high turnover than the Red Devils (9). Arsenal, however, have only had 12 high turnovers against them this season, the fewest of any side to have played at least three games so far.Bukayo Saka has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Manchester United – no player in Arsenal’s history has ever scored in four consecutive league games against the Red Devils.Bruno Fernandes has scored three goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Man Utd, having scored just once in his previous 15 combined. His goal and assist against Nottingham Forest last time out was the 12th time he’s done both in a Premier League game, the joint most of any player since his debut in February 2020.Against Fulham last time out, Fábio Vieira became only the 11th substitute in Premier League history to both assist a goal and win a penalty in a game, and the first Arsenal player to do so. All three of Vieira’s Premier League assists have been from the bench, the most by a substitute since the start of last season.

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