Arsenal’s 19-game unbeaten record in all competitions faces a potential test on Wednesday night, as the Gunners visit Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Old Trafford has become something a wasteland for Arsenal teams in recent years. In fact, the Gunners have won just once in 15 games at United in all competitions. The one win was back in 2015 in the FA Cup in a 2-1 win.
Arsenal’s last Premier League victory at Old Trafford was 12 years ago. It is fair to say it is not the Gunners favourite ground to visit.
Arsenal attack will cause United problems
United heads into game in highly inconsistent form. The fact that the Red Devils could be short of defenders for the Gunners visit means that Arsenal could have a big opportunity to end that terrible record.
Such was the scarcity of centre-backs available for United’s trip to Southampton at the weekend, central midfielders Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic played in a centre-back three alongside Phil Jones.
The prospect of facing a weakened United defence will delighted the in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who looks set for a return to the starting line-up after impressing in the north London derby.
Aubameyang has scored eight goals in his last seven Premier League appearances. He is in the sort of form that would scare even the best defences in the top-flight.
Lacazette has only recently returned from injury, which is why he missed out on starting the north London derby. The French looked sharp and scored the third goal for the Gunners. If Gunners boss Unai Emery decides to go with the pair up front, then United’s makeshift centre-back pairing may well struggle against the Gunners on Wednesday night.
United still a tough opponent
No matter how low Manchester United are in the Premier League table or how bad their form is, they always seem to be tough opponents. Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho also loves these big games. They seem to bring the master tactician out of him.
It will not be easy for the Gunners to get over that Old Trafford hoodoo, just as it has not been in previous seasons. However, the north London team may never get a better chance to record a Premier League victory at Old Trafford than tonight.
Not only would it break that Old Trafford curse, more importantly it would help maintain the Gunners place in the Premier League’s top four.
Will Arsenal end their Old Trafford hoodoo on Wednesday night?