Two sides who have performed significantly below expectations so far this season clash at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal face Manchester United.
The Gunners were shell-shocked after their last game as they gave away a 1-0 lead to lose to a resurgent Swansea City, having looked very comfortable following yet another goal from Alexis Sanchez, who is quickly turning into one of the players of the season.
It was yet more frustration for the supporters and manager Arsene Wenger, who was forced to admit afterwards that leaders Chelsea were becoming exceedingly tough to catch even at this early stage. A big performance will be demanded here, but Arsenal’s recent record against United is poor.
A Juan Mata goal proved to be the difference as Louis van Gaal’s men edged nervously past Crystal Palace in their last game, for what was a crucial result in the context of their season with wins proving hard to come by.
United will be hopeful here having performed well against the Premier League’s fancied clubs this season, most notably against Chelsea. Wayne Rooney – who has a strong scoring record against Arsenal – comes into this following his outstanding exploits in two England victories.
The injury problems at Arsenal are easing, with Olivier Giroud – much earlier than originally anticipated – set to be fit for this one. However, Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy and Mesut Ozil are among those still out.
The visitors had a bad international break on the injury front with Daley Blind and David De Gea both picking up injuries, though the latter is expected to be in contention. Marcos Rojo and Rademel Falcao are still unavailable.
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