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Manchester United vs Arsenal: Premier League LIVE scores, goals and updates

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in 11 home league matches against Arsenal
  • The Red Devils have conceded 23 goals in their opening 14 Premier League games
  • Arsenal have lost their last three midweek league games, conceding three goals in each defeat
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored with his last 10 shots on target in the Premier League

Anthony Martial celebrates scoring for Man Utd (Image: GETTY)


Ashley Young is unavailable due to suspension as question marks hang over a number of Jose Mourinho’s players.

That includes Romelu Lukaku and Luke Shaw, both of whom came off with knocks in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton. Marcus Rashford, having also been substituted, was backed after the game by boss Mourinho to be fit for this contest.

Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian were not part of the matchday squad at St Mary’s, along with Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) and Victor Lindelof (muscular injury), a pair who will definitely miss out again.

Mesut Ozil did not train with the first team on Monday, and has been ruled out of Arsenal’s last two matches with a back problem.

Granit Xhaka is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the victory against Tottenham. Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) remain sidelined.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Dalot, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Pereira, Fred, Herrera, Fellaini, Matic, McTominay, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial.

Provisional squad: Leno, Cech, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah.

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Premier League LIVE scores, goals and updates

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Premier League LIVE scores, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)


A feisty first 45 minutes at Old Trafford. After taking the lead with the aid of a De Gea mistake, Arsenal will be disappointed to have conceded so quickly.

But United have played well and probably deserve to be at least level.


45 – Three minutes added on by the referee.

44 – Another injury problem for Arsenal with Ramsey holding his ankle.

42 – Yellow card for Matic after pulling back Aubameyang.

39 – Yellow card for Lingard after a foul on Torreira.

38 – Yellow card for Rojo after a poor tackle on Guendouzi.

36 – Substitution – Rob Holding OFF, Stephan Lichtsteiner ON

33 – Problem for Arsenal with Rob Holding struggling with a knee injury. And he is being stretched off in a knee brace.

Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin (L) jumps in to celebrate after Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi scored (Image: GETTY)

30 – The free kick from Rojo is well saved by Leno. But Herrera reacts quickest to the rebound and his ball across is finished off by Martial. His eighth of the season.


29 – Free kick to United in a dangerous position.

26 – From a corner, Mustafi has a free header. It should have been a simple save for De Gea but the ball slips out of his hands and crosses the line before Herrera could clear away. Huge error by De Gea


24 – After a slow start Arsenal are getting on top and starting to dominate.

19 – Chance for Arsenal. Ramsey feeds Kolasinac, who has got in behind Dalot. His ball across doesn’t find Aubameyang in the centre and ball is cleared. 

Arsenal keep coming forward but Bellerin’s volley goes well wide.

15 – First corner of the match for Arsenal after Alex Iwobi gets in behind Eric Bailly. But United deal with the cross from Torreira.

12 – Another shot on target for United this time through Anthony Martial but it’s a tame effort.

10 – United bossing possession so far with 59 per cent of the ball but they have hurt Arsenal yet.

6 – Looks like Jesse Lingard has been told to man-mark Lucas Torreira. Clearly, Mourinho views him as a threat to United.

4 – Marcus Rashford has the first shot on target with an effort from distance. But Leno holds on comfortably.

2 – Cagey start by both team but Man Utd are on the front foot so far.

Kick off

19:55: The teams are in the tunnel and making their way to the pitch…

Ander Herrera

Man Utd’s Ander Herrera in action with Arsenal’s Rob Holding (Image: Reuters)

19:45: Could the loss of his former assistant Rui Faria be the key to Jose Mourinho’s problems? Scholes thinks so…

“I think the assistant (leaving) is the big one,” Scholes said.

“Rui Faria was with him for a long time, he had been at every club with him.

“All of a sudden he is gone and apparently, I don’t know, but apparently he was very influential in what he did day to day.

“He’s lost that and he does look a bit lonely at times.

“I think that’s a big part of it.”

19:35: Incredible stat from Opta – Manchester United have made a total of 46 changes to their starting XI in the Premier League so far this season, including 7 changes tonight – more than any other team in the competition. Tinkering.

19:30: Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have been talking about Paul Pogba again.

Scholes said: ”He’s getting to the age where the penny should be dropping!”

Ferdinand added: ”It’s very easy to blame your manager when you’re playing badly.”

19:20: Mourinho has been talking about his team selection.

When asked if his team was a gamble, Mourinho told BT Sport: “I don’t think gambling, I think sacrifice. They are confident.

“I would never play a player if they have doubts. “That’s what happened against Southampton, too many doubts.”

19:10: Looks like United are matching Arsenal in terms of formation.

Both teams are set to play 3-4-3 which adds an interesting element to the match.

19:05: Line-ups

Man Utd – De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo, Dalot; Matic, Herrera, Lingard; Martial, Rashford

Arsenal – Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang


Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba drop to the bench for Manchester United in six changes from Jose Mourinho.

There are two Arsenal changes with Aaron Ramsey starting as captain and Matteo Guendouzi coming into the team for the suspended Granit Xhaka.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is on the bench for Man Utd (Image: Reuters)


18:45: In his programme notes, Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has bemoaned their injury woes.

He said: “As we come towards the Christmas period, there are many games to play and we are at a time in the season when we have picked up a lot of injuries – only a person with an intention can hide that fact,” he wrote.

“Our injuries are leaving us in a very difficult position to manage, and I have to say that some of our players deserve real credit for their team ethic and bravery to be playing in positions that are not natural to them; for example, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic playing as central defenders in our last match.

“This is a game which we want to win and, to have the best chance of that, we have to remember the saying that ‘simplicity is genius’.

“We have to make our weaknesses become our strengths, with real determination, pride and desire to win the match.

“There isn’t space for people that are not ready to give it their all.

“We must be strong, confident and unite to create an atmosphere of empathy, with our supporters by playing with heart and with passion.

“Lots of young players need that support and belief to help them put in a strong performance.”

18:37: The two teams will begin the match in contrasting form.

United are winless in their last three league games and have conceded 23 goals in their 14 games so far.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 12 league games and on Sunday beat north London rivals Tottenham 4-2.

18:30: Hello and good evening to live coverage from Old Trafford as Manchester United take on in-form Arsenal.

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright pinpoints the Unai Emery decision which ‘baffles’ him




Arsenal legend Ian Wright is “baffled” by the lack of football played by Mesut Ozil so far this season.

Ozil has made just two appearances this term, starting the 2-2 Premier League draw with Watford and 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

However, the German has not featured in head coach Unai Emery’s last three match day squads.

Emery has confirmed Ozil is not injured and his absence is purely down to selection.

Wright, though, wants to see the 31-year-old back in a Gunners shirt sooner or later.

The former striker claims even if Emery wants to sell Ozil in January, prospective clubs will want to have seen him in action recently.

“I want to see more offensive players on the pitch in positions where we’re going to be able to hurt teams,” Wright told Premier League Productions.

“I don’t know what’s happened with Ozil, I’m not sure that we as a club can afford to have a player of that calibre, paying what they’re paying him, which is always going to be mentioned, not even in the squad, not even there at all.

“Because if that’s the case then what’s he doing to that asset?

“Is he going to go in January? Is that what he’s trying to say to us?

“Because for me he should be playing, he should be involved and even if he doesn’t like him, for whatever reason, you’ve got to play him if you want to get rid of him simply because you want people to see that he’s still a quality player. So that one baffles me.”

Arsenal are back in Premier League action next Monday when they visit promoted side Sheffield United.

The Gunners are currently third in the table, eight games into the season, having won half their matches.

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Arsenal ace Eddie Nketiah backed to end Leeds United loan deal early




Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has been backed by Darren Bent to look for a move elsewhere in January after struggling to nail down a spot during his loan spell at Leeds United.

Nketiah joined Championship side Leeds on a season-long loan from Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

He has scored four goals in his nine appearances under Marcelo Bielsa but is yet to start a league game.

And Bent does not want the 20-year-old to fall by the wayside like Saido Berahino did.

“[Nketiah] needs to be playing games,” Bent said on talkSPORT.

“We’ve seen for England Under-21s, we’ve seen over the years to be fair, a lot of strikers, you look at Saido Berahino, you look at his England Under-21 record, it’s as good as anyone’s, he couldn’t nail it down in the league.

“I think for Eddie Nketiah, he’s not playing at Leeds because [Patrick] Bamford’s in the way of him at the minute, and to be fair to Bamford he works extremely hard, and I think that’s the inly thing that’s keeping him in the team at the minute.

“Bielsa likes a hard-working side, he certainly puts defenders under pressure, shuts people down.

“But for someone like Nketiah and Arsenal Football Club, Arsenal are probably looking at this situation and saying ‘listen, we really believe in this kid but he needs to be playing games’.

“At the minute he’s got an impossible task trying to move [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette but he’s never going to get the opportunity to do that if he’s not playing games.

“So I think he may in January have a look at going somewhere else.”

Nketiah scored a hat-trick for the England Under-21s in the 5-1 win over Austria on Wednesday and he impressed former Spurs striker Bent.

“The first one was instinctive, the cross comes in, someone knocks it down, he was just in the right place at the right time, swivels, puts it in,” Bent added.

“The second one a header, again gets himself in the six-yard box between the centre-halves, no one really picks him up, comes in, great header into the far corner.

“And the last one was arguably my favourite, which is a tap in.”

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says his team are confident as they prepare to host Gunners




‘We fancy our chances and we are bullish’: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says his team are confident ahead of Arsenal test as they prepare to welcome Gunners to Bramall Lane

  • Sheffield United take on third-placed Arsenal at home on Monday night
  • The Blades have won twice and lost three as the promoted side look to stay up 
  • Unai Emery’s Arsenal have won four games and lost just once and sit in third
  • Chris Wilder says he believes his players can get something from the game  

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has promised his players will be full of confidence going into Monday night’s home clash with Arsenal.

The Blades have made a decent to the Premier League season and are 13th having picked up nine points from eight games, with two wins and a point away at Chelsea.

While Arsenal are sitting in third place, just a point behind second-placed Manchester City, Wilder believes his side can come away with a result after narrowly losing to leaders Liverpool in their last home game.

Chris Wilder's men took a point away at Chelsea and narrowly lost to league leaders Liverpool

Chris Wilder’s men took a point away at Chelsea and narrowly lost to league leaders Liverpool

‘Arsenal are an historic, iconic club and it is another brilliant fixture for us as a football club,’ he said.

‘I thought we played well against Liverpool but we need to pick up something from the game this time and we believe we can do that. We went after Liverpool when we could and picked our times, and we will do that against Arsenal.

‘We are competitive and we fancy our chances and we are bullish. At the same time, however, understanding the threat and pace and power that Arsenal have in the top end of the pitch – we must respect that.’ 

The Blades will make their return to Premier League action in front of the television cameras on Monday night, giving boss Chris Wilder extra time to finalise his plans following the international break.

The Blades are hopeful of making an impact in the league this season after being promoted

The Blades are hopeful of making an impact in the league this season after being promoted

The Blades are hopeful of making an impact in the league this season after being promoted

Injured trio John Fleck, Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick will be given every opportunity to prove their fitness ahead of the game. McGoldrick missed Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with the groin injury, while fellow striker McBurnie pulled out of the Scotland squad with a knee problem.

Meanwhile, midfielder Fleck made his Scotland debut in the defeat in Russia before also withdrawing from the squad through injury ahead of the win against San Marino.

Wilder said: ‘We’ll give them as much time as possible. They are important players for us so we will give them enough time and opportunities to be available for Monday night. 

‘We can’t take risks on them and take a big gamble of sticking them out there, that wouldn’t be fair on the fit players either.’ 

Arsenal will provide a stern test at Bramall Lane, with Unai Emery's side unbeaten since August

Arsenal will provide a stern test at Bramall Lane, with Unai Emery's side unbeaten since August

Arsenal will provide a stern test at Bramall Lane, with Unai Emery’s side unbeaten since August

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson has already returned fit and well from England duty and Wilder is hoping Republic of Ireland trio Enda Stevens, John Egan and Callum Robinson do likewise.

He said: ‘The international boys will be back in today, so fingers crossed that they come back healthy – and early indications are that they are okay.

‘We’ve talked about how proud we are that a few of our boys are involved on the international scene now and a couple of them had tough games last night for the Republic (of Ireland).

‘We want as much time to prepare as possible and playing on the Monday night does give us an extra couple of days to do that, which we need when we are coming up against a side as tough as Arsenal.’ 

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