Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal will try to take one over Jose Mourinho and Manchester United this Saturday in the opening game of the Premier league‘s 12th round. In 11 attempts in the Premier league Arsene Wenger failed to beat Jose Mourinho and Arsenal have seven defeats in the last nine EPL visits to the Old Trafford.
November 19, 2016 • 12:30 • Old Trafford, Manchester
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Already at the start of the 12th round of the English Premier League we have a big game, a derby game at the Old Trafford between two old rivals, Manchester United and Arsenal. This season Jose Mourinho’s men could not manage to tie a couple of good results so currently they hold only the sixth place in the standings and are six points below the 4th placed Arsenal.
As for their mutual encounters last season, on both occasions hosts have celebrated, Arsenal at home 3:0, and then United with 3:2.
Although Manchester United in the last round finally ended a streak of four games without a win in the Premier league with a win away at Swansea, it remains quite questionnaire how much Mourinho’s side this season can do.
Eight points behind the league toppers, Liverpool, unconvincing performances in the European League and the goal-scoring problems are not a good recommendation before Saturday’s arrival of Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho is aware that his side has to significantly raise the level of play to parry the best EPL clubs and this match will be one of those which will surely tell how Manchester United may or may not do this season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to cards is not eligible to play, so Mourinho’s problems ahead of this game are even bigger.
” I’m in the club, that I wanted to lead, and after departure from Chelsea I had plenty of offers.”
“I patiently waited to work in one of Europe’s greatest clubs and my aim is to be a champion with Manchester United, as I have been champion with four clubs in which I worked.”
Speaking about his successful mutual ratio against Gunners boss, Mourinho said:
“Every match is a new match and isolated event, and my record against any coach is unimportant because every success is the success of the team and the collective.”
“As for Arsene Wenger, I respected him before, and I think he respected me as well, even before we together had six national titles in this league.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for this game, but Mourinho also will have problems in the last line, as two standard defenders, Smalling and Bailly due to injuries will miss this clash. Wayne Rooney, scorer of 14 goals against Arsenal, according to Mourinho likely will play.
“I will not comment on what happened in the national team, but Rooney has trained for the last three days, he’s ready and he wants to play. After such things a player might come out stronger, and I believe that this can happen with Wayne.”
Arsenal was in great shape before a two-week break, after which he failed to beat Tottenham at home in the last round, and thus Wenger’s men are now fourth, having two points behind Liverpool.
Nevertheless Wenger remains convinced that in the championship his side will fight until the end for the title, even though the competition is really very strong. Guests are hoping that they will be able to dictate the pace of the game and many believe that this is the best time for Wenger to finally beat Jose Mourinho in the league.
“I didn’t always lose, there have been many draws, and I won against every coach in these 20 years on the bench for Arsenal.”
“However, I wouldn’t boil down this game which a whole world will watch to a duel and controversy between two coaches because two excellent teams will play and all of us expect a great game.”
Sanchez, Özil and Walcott are in top form and they will pose a constant threat to Man United’s defense who will be without two key defenders, although Wenger warns that the derby is always the the most demanding match.
Bellerin is out for this game, Cazorla from before, while Sanchez could start on the bench considering his long trip from Chile.
Arsene Wenger’s men look like they have what it takes to join the real hunt for the Premier league title this season. On the other side, stands Manchester United, who’s still finding the right form. When we take a look at things like this, Arsenal is clearly a favorite, but, when we know that Wenger didn’t have so far the right “recipe” for Mourinho or that in general, the Gunners rarely are taking all three against the Red Devils, thing get another perspective. A draw is more likely to happen, but a good call would be both team to score. If you plan to take a bet on this or other Premier league action be sure to check these SBAT free betting tips.
Team probable lineups
Man Utd: De Gea – Young, Jones, Rojo, Blind – Fellaini, Herrera – Mata, Pogba, Rashford – Rooney
Out: Bailly, Ibrahimović, Smalling, Valencia (?), Shaw (?)
Arsenal: Cech – Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal – Coquelin, Xhaka – Walcott, Özil, Walcott, Sanchez – Giroud
Out: Welbeck, Mertesacker, Perez, Bellerin, Cazorla