Charlie Nicholas thinks Arsenal are finally set to defeat Manchester United in a Premier League match at Old Trafford.
Arsenal travel to Manchester for the big-six clash on Monday, with the chance to put six points between them and their opponents. It’s been a long time since the Gunners won at Old Trafford in the league though, well over a decade at this stage.
Though Wenger’s Arsenal did win at the ground in the FA Cup in 2014, thanks to a Danny Welbeck winner, good results have been few and far between. Nicholas believes that’s about to change, predicting a 2-1 win for Unai Emery’s side.
“If Arsenal can play a more structured game on the counter-attack, I think they will come away with all three points,” Nicholas said.
“Aubameyang and Pepe had chances against Liverpool at Anfield and if they get these chances against Man United I think they will take them. It will make life easier for Arsenal’s defence with Man United’s depleted frontline.”
An ex-Arsenal Sky Sports pundit predicting the Gunners to win a match against a big-six side is a bit of a shock, and surely represents a sign that the world is soon coming to an end.
You could argue Arsenal won’t get many better chances at Old Trafford though. Paul Pogba is a ‘doubt’ (so he’ll start), Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are both set to miss the game, as are Phil Jones and Luke Shaw. United weren’t even performing very well when those players were available.
Monday’s hosts most recently scraped past Rochdale on penalties, but they always raise their game when Arsenal come to visit. I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high, whatever Nicholas and the other Premier League pundits think.