Arsenal VS Manchester United LIVE Football Score 23/04/2022
Man United travel to the Emirates having posted a mere two wins in their last seven Premier League matches – as well as losing each of their last three away from home – and Rangnick’s side are still waiting for their first Premier League clean sheet on rival turf since the turn of the year. In a behemoth of a match that could potentially make or break both sides’ top-four chances, Arsenal and Manchester United renew hostilities on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners reignited their Champions League bid with an enthralling 4-2 success at Chelsea in midweek, while Ralf Rangnick’s side capitulated in a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool. It took Eddie Nketiah all of 50 minutes on Wednesday night to equal Alexandre Lacazette’s Premier League open play goal tally for the entire season, as the 22-year-old led the Arsenal charge in a phenomenal spectacle at Stamford Bridge to end their three-game losing run.
Handed another opportunity to impress from the off after Lacazette’s COVID-19 recovery, Nketiah took advantage of Chelsea’s defensive lapses to register his first Premier League brace alongside strikes from fellow Hale End graduates Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka – the latter banishing his Euro 2020 penalty woes with a confidently-taken spot kick right at the death. Finally rediscovering their magic touch against a Chelsea side who were all over the shop defensively means that fourth spot is still technically in Arsenal’s hands, with Mikel Arteta’s side only behind Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference ahead of what will seemingly be a pivotal North London derby on May 12.
A spate of devastating injuries and failure to bolster the attacking ranks in January seemed like it was going to prove costly for the Gunners after losses to Crystal Palace, Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion, but Arteta’s side produced in the big game on Wednesday and will see no reason why they cannot boost their top-four hopes at the expense of United’s this weekend.
Despite suffering back-to-back home losses to Liverpool and Brighton, Arsenal’s tally of 32 points on familiar territory is still the third-best record in the division, and the Gunners have all the motivation they need to avoid a run of three straight home defeats for the third season in a row.
Whether Erik ten Hag was watching on Tuesday night we may never know, but the Manchester United manager-elect would have certainly got a good image of the task at hand awaiting him at Old Trafford, as the Red Devils were simply torn to shreds by Liverpool on Merseyside.
Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah (2) and Sadio Mane all carved their way through the United defence in what was frankly an embarrassing display from Ralf Rangnick’s men, and the German was the first to admit that the squad is in dire need of a significant overhaul after the full-time whistle.
United legends Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes also made their feelings known on the night as the 20-time English champions dropped below Arsenal into sixth on goal difference, and defeat at the Emirates would leave them six points adrift of their North London rivals having played a game more.
The Red Devils’ chances of ending such a miserable streak are seemingly rather slim at the Emirates, where Arsenal are unbeaten in three against their top-four rivals, but Michael Carrick did oversee a 3-2 win for Man United in front of the Old Trafford faithful earlier this season.
A crucial encounter with regard to the battle for the UEFA Champions League places will go down at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Arsenal get set to host arch-rivals Manchester United.
The top four race is nicely poised at the moment as Tottenham sit fourth with 57 points from 32 matches. Arsenal are level on points with their north London rivals and are fifth in the standings. Manchester United are in sixth place, three points shy of Spurs and Arsenal, having played a game more. West Ham United, too, are in the mix, as they are two points below the Mancunian outfit.
Given how tight things are, Saturday’s game at the Emirates will carry a lot of importance, not just for Arsenal and Manchester United but also for the team above and below them in the standings. The two teams come into the match on the back of contrasting results as the Gunners beat Chelsea 4-2 away from home, while the Red Devils were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool on the road.
Arsenal and Manchester United have won just two matches in their last six in all competitions. However, Rangnick’s side did get one over Mikel Arteta’s men in their previous league meeting, securing a 3-2 victory. Ahead of their latest fixture in the Premier League, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.
Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey are the only two confirmed absentees for Arsenal ahead of this mammoth clash. However, question marks linger over Takehiro Tomiyasu’s availability as he closes in on a return to action.
Having started with a three-man backline in the game against Chelsea, Mikel Arteta reverted to a traditional four-person backline during the contest and is expected to stick with that setup when Manchester United come visiting. Aaron Ramsdale is the undisputed starter between the sticks for Arsenal as usual.
Cedric Soares should be reinstated to the starting XI at right-back while Nuno Tavares continues on the left side of the defence in Tierney’s absence. Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes should occupy the centre-back slots as is the norm.
Moving into the middle of the park, Mohamed Elneny made a solid impression against Chelsea in midweek and should retain his spot alongside Granit Xhaka in the double pivot. The Egyptian international will be tasked with keeping Bruno Fernandes quiet while Xhaka acts as the conduit between the two halves of the pitch.