Arteta: Arsenal Must Perform at High Level to Beat Man Utd

Arsenal faces Manchester United at Old Trafford on May 12, needing a win to stay in title contention. The match carries significant historical weight, with both teams boasting a storied rivalry and key players who can sway the outcome.

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Arteta: Arsenal Must Perform at High Level to Beat Man Utd

Arteta: Arsenal Must Perform at High Level to Beat Man Utd

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes his team must perform at a high level to defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford on May 12 in their penultimate Premier League match to stay on track for the title. The Gunners, currently in second position with two points behind leaders Manchester City, need three points against Man United to keep their title hopes alive ahead of their final Premier League game of the season against Everton next Sunday.

The match carries significant historical weight, with both teams boasting a storied rivalry that has captivated fans for decades. Manchester United, currently in 8th position, seek to finish strong on the log ahead of Newcastle United and Chelsea, while Arsenal aim to secure the title ahead of Manchester City.

The clash will feature key players who have the potential to sway the outcome in their team's favor. Manchester United's attacking prowess and creative flair will be instrumental in breaking down Arsenal's defense, while Arsenal's resilient backline and clinical finishers will look to exploit any weaknesses in Man United's defense.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will continue with a makeshift centre-back partnership of Casemiro and Jonny Evans due to defensive injuries. Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, and three other centre-backs are out with injuries. Mason Mount will also miss the game due to a new muscle injury.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are close to a full-strength side, with only right-backs Jurrien Timber and Takehiro Tomiyasu set to miss out with slight injuries. Bukayo Saka's injury scare has been waved off by Arteta.

Bruno Fernandes will be a key player for Manchester United, with 21 goal contributions in 39 matches this season. He ranks among the best in the world with 8.1 progressive passes per 90 and 6.1 shot-creating actions per 90. Declan Rice has been supreme in his all-round holding midfielder role for Arsenal, creating 7.89 progressive passes and 2.24 carries per 90, while also making 2.1 tackles and 1.25 interceptions per 90.

Arteta emphasized the importance of performing at a high level, saying: "If you want to win the Premier League and big trophies, you have to go to these grounds and impose yourself and beat them." He also revealed that he started to believe his team was capable of winning the league last season, when they showed consistency and ambition.

With so much at stake, Arsenal need nothing less than a win at Old Trafford to keep their title hopes alive against Man City and go top of the table, while Man United, which is already out of top-four, could miss out on European football next season. The fixture is expected to be a spectacle, given the fierce rivalry between the two sides.

Key Takeaways

  • Arsenal must win at Old Trafford to keep title hopes alive.
  • Manchester United seeks to finish strong despite injuries.
  • Bruno Fernandes and Declan Rice are key players to watch.
  • Arsenal is close to full strength, while Man United has defensive injuries.
  • The match has significant historical weight in the Premier League title race.