It’s Arsenal vs Manchester United in the Premier League tomorrow, and Paul Merson and Chris Sutton have both revealed their predictions.
The Gunners are on top of the Premier League table, while the Red Devils, who have turned their season around after a disastrous start, are third – eight points behind us despite playing a game more.
The clash at the Emirates tomorrow is a massive one, but who will pick up the win? Merson and Sutton have made an identical prediction.
Chris Sutton and Paul Merson predict Arsenal vs Manchester United
47 points after 18 games is an outstanding record for any side, and the fact that we’re five points above Erling Haaland-powered Manchester City having played a game less shows how good we’ve been.
The only negative in the Premier League this season, however, is our solitary defeat. That came at Old Trafford against Manchester United, and the sad thing is we deserved to win that game.
Mikel Arteta will want to right that wrong tomorrow, and Merson and Sutton both think Arsenal will win.
Sutton wrote on BBC Sport: “United were quite fortunate when they beat Arsenal at Old Trafford in September. I think Erik ten Hag’s team are good enough to win this game too, just by playing on the counter-attack at Emirates Stadium.
“But Arsenal are full of confidence, and their goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is playing extremely well too – they have to be the favourites. It is Arsenal who have set the standard this season, with 15 wins and only one defeat in their first 18 league games.
“This will be a great game to watch because of United’s threat on the break, but Arsenal are at home and they are playing like they believe they can beat anyone at the moment.
Sutton’s prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United
Merson wrote on Sportskeeda: “This is the biggest Premier League game of the season so far. If Arsenal win this game, Manchester United could be out of the title race. This is a massive game for Man United, and they’ll be 11 points behind Arsenal if they lose this match.
“This is a much harder game for Arsenal than the Tottenham match. Casemiro is a big player, and United would’ve had just as much of a chance as Arsenal if he was available. He brings experience to the midfield and would’ve been on Martin Odegaard. They’ll miss his presence in this match.
“With Casemiro suspended for this match, I’m backing Arsenal to win this game.”
Merson’s prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United
Predicted Arsenal XI vs Manchester United
Emile Smith Rowe is fully fit again, while Leandro Trossard is an Arsenal player now, and he’s available to make his Gunners debut at the Emirates tomorrow.
However, we still expect Arteta to go with his usual lineup.
Aaron Ramsdale will start in goal behind Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka, who are arguably our most important players, will start in the middle of the park. The front four will be Martin Odegaard behind Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka.
Come on you Gunners!