On Friday night, Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in the glamour tie of the FA Cup fourth round.
Arsenal recorded an important 2-0 win over Chelsea last time out to stay in touch with the Blues in the race for the Champions League spots. Despite a top-four finish being the home side’s priority, the FA Cup has become an important competition for the Gunners in recent years.
The team from north London have been highly difficult to defeat in the grand old competition in recent years, losing just twice in 25 outings. Unai Emery’s side coasted past Blackpool in the last round 3-0 to set-up this clash.
Despite a good record in this competition and generally strong home form, their recent home form in this competition has not been great, as they have won just once in their last three outings at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United will head to the Emirates in high spirits following seven straight competitive wins under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Last time out the Red Devils saw off Brighton 2-1 in the Premier League.
Like Arsenal, United enjoyed a comfortable passage into the fourth round, by recording a 2-0 home win over Reading. The win over the Royals means that United have now won six of their last seven matches in the FA Cup. Their recent matches in the competition have been low scoring, though with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five games.
The Red Devils have a strong recent away record in the FA Cup, winning seven of their last eight games on their travels. United have also scored at least twice in seven of those aforementioned eight away games.
These two teams have met on three previous occasions in the FA Cup, with United winning twice and Arsenal recording a win.
Arsenal are without Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck who all have long-term injuries. Konstantinos Mavropanos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Emile Smith-Rowe are also fitness doubts.
Manchester United are still without Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini due to injuries. Luke Shaw is expected to feature after missing the Brighton game due to illness. United boss Solskjaer may rest young striker Marcus Rashford and start Romelu Lukaku up front. Centre-back Eric Bailly is now also available again after suspension.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 13/8, while Manchester United are odds of 17/10 and the draw is odds of 13/5.
The Gunners’ form has been inconsistent of late. However, they may need a repeat of the performance they produced against Chelsea last time out to progress to the fifth round.
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