Involved in constant conflicts, coaches Arséne Wenger and Jose Mourinho will once again be face to face this Saturday, December 2, in the great classic of the fifteenth round of the English Championship version 2017/2018. At Emirates Stadium in London, Arsenal host Manchester City. The beginning is scheduled for 15:30 (Brasília time).
Arsenal’s recent performance
The Gunners make an impeccable campaign on their domains. On Wednesday, November 29, they thrashed Huddersfield, 5-0, for the fourteenth round. They maintained in that way the use of 100% in Emirates Stadium in the Premier League. There were seven wins with 20 goals scored and four conceded.
Home success also yielded a place in the overall standings. Arsenal moved up to fourth with 28 points (nine wins, one draw and four defeats). He remains far from the title fight, as Manchester City have retained their lead of 12 points but are close to United (32 points), runner-up, and Chelsea (29), third place.
However, extrafield problems still continue to plague Wenger. Not in relation to Mourinho, but taking into consideration two of his main players. German midfielder Mesut Ozil (11 matches in English Premier League 2017/2018 two goals) and Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (11 matches, four goals) will have their club contracts closed at the end of the season.
Thus, they are the center of many news about possible transfers in the January window. After all, it would be the final opportunity for Arsenal to be able to receive some financial return in these cases since they can transfer free of charge to any other club by the end of the current contract. Wenger, however, says he has no intention of making such a concession and wants the athletes to remain at least until the end of the season. It did not even rule out the renewal of commitments.
Athletes are considered essential to the success of Arsenal, who most likely will not be able to count on classic with the one that was their biggest boost for the season. French striker Alexander Lacazette (14 games, seven goals) suffered a groin injury and had to leave the match against Huddersfield at halftime. Only new tests will indicate the severity of the injury. If it is vetoed, Olivier Giroud (11 games, three goals) must be scaled to make the offensive partnership with Sanchez.
The current form of Manchester United
Manchester United had a relatively quiet win in the midweek round. On Tuesday, he defeated Watford in the opponents’ home 4-2. He made it 3-0 in the first half, took a scare with two goals from the rival in the final stage, but got a counterattack that guaranteed the sum three points on the leaderboard.
The distance to Manchester City, however, remains great and is motivated almost exclusively by the results below the expectation of United as a visitor. In this situation, the reds accumulated only 11 (three wins, two draws and two losses) of the 21 points disputed. In the same number of games, the blues have reached the 21 possible points.
To try to reverse this situation, Mourinho signals that he can make an important tactical change by placing two specialist center-backers. Recovered from knee surgery, Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (three matches in the English Championship 2017/2018, no goal) was gaining more and more time to play in the last matches. Against Watford, he only participated in the final three minutes. It may have been a measure of the technician to preserve it by targeting it from the start in the classic. Thus, would act alongside the Belgian Romelu Lukaku (14 games, eight goals).
Besides the tactical doubt, Mourinho also has medical problems to administer. Defensive players Eric Bailly (eight games, one goal) and Phil Jones (11 games, no goal) are in injury treatment; and Michael Carrick (without performances), Marouane Fellaini (nine games, three goals) and Nemanja Matic (14 games without a goal).
History of the matches Arsenal vs Manchester United
United failed to defeat Arsenal last season in the Premier League. At home, he equalized 1 to 1. In London, it took 2 to 0.
Although there is the possibility of the formation of the Ibra / Lukaku duo from the outset, which could offer greater offensive power to United, Mourinho’s conservative style does not allow this hypothesis to be considered the most likely. It is more feasible to imagine Manchester as concerned primarily with defense. So the draw is a good guess for the classic. It has a price of 2.50 in Rivalo. Draw returns 3.40 and successful visitor yields 2.70 for 1.