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Preview: Arsenal and Manchester United slug it out for fourth place at the Emirates


Last weekends results in the Premier League, with Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Wembley against Spurs and Manchester United’s tense 3-2 win over Southampton saw the Gunners and Red Devil’s swap places, separated by just one point.

There’s no doubt that United have a narrow advantage but they now have to travel to the Emirates, where the North London club are in tremendous form, winning 12 out of 15, drawing 2 and losing just one.

The Red Devils had an energetic outing in the Champions League, at Le Parc des Princes against PSG on Wednesday and that could have lead to tired legs and general fatigue.

Sunday’s clash could see both clubs having to shuffle their pack to keep things fresh but United have had injuries to contend with and the options are few.

BBC are reporting that Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly have recovered from injuries, while Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera could also feature.

The Gunners will be without Torriera who will begin his three-match ban beginning Sunday, but Lacazette will return to the squad after missing the Europa League fixture.

Arsenal had a miserable outing in the mid-week against Rennes and they will be under huge pressure to raise their game. The Emirates club will hope to pressurise Manchester United and reverse their current positions but the smart money is on a hard-fought draw.

Emery will once again turn to the players who can give him extra passion and commitment like Aaron Ramsey and the team that faces Rennes will have up to four changes for the United match.

Predicted side: Leno, Kolasinac, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette.

Predicted score: 2-1 Arsenal win.

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