Date:29th August 2023 at 7:41am
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Arsenal will host Manchester United at the Emirates on matchday 4 of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

Both teams are coming off a matchday 3 that was action-packed. United, however, fared better because they were able to grind out a home win despite looking lost against Nottingham Forest.

Arsenal, meanwhile, almost lost at home to Fulham for the first time in over a decade. Mikel Arteta’s tinkering almost cost them the game so he will be wary not to make too many random changes to his starting XI when the Red Devils come knocking.

Speaking after the draw with Fulham, the Spanish manager said that his side were ten times better than they were at this stage last season. He was unhappy with the draw but also confident that changes could occur in the team’s game as the league progresses.

Erik ten Hag will hope that his injury list does not affect his chances of taking home his third set of three points. The Dutchman is playing with a severely deleted squad and is making the most with what he has.

The fans may not be as kind as he hopes but he will understand because he is a manager in top flight football.

Read on for more match information, ticket information, potential lineups and predictions for the Arsenal vs Manchester United matchday 4 tie.

Match Tickets

Arsenal vs Manchester United tickets are up on sale on the websites of both clubs. As usual, it is expected to sell out in the coming days which means that fans will have to turn to ticket reselling websites for a chance to get their tickets to the game.

Arsenal tickets and Manchester United tickets will see high patronage this season which also means that a lot of fans will be visiting ticket resellers like Seatsnet.com for their tickets.

The game will be played at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday 3 September 2023 at 4:30 PM. Fans in and around the United Kingdom where Sky Sports’ coverage reaches will be able to enjoy the game at that time.

The Premier League is broadcast to 212 total provinces in the world, which means that fans outside the United Kingdom have to tune in to one of the league’s broadcast partners in their province for the game.

Team news

Arsenal have not added to their injury list since Jurrien Timber, which is something the fans will be happy about.

Despite the additions of David Raya, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Timber, the squad still looks like they could use a few more signings. They have been linked to Crystal Palace’s Marc Guéhi and Barcelona’s Eric Garcia thanks to Timber’s long-term injury, and are also believed to be preparing to lose Thomas Partey if a good bid comes in.

Folarin Balogun and Kieran Tierney have been moved on to AS Monaco and Real Sociedad respectively, giving Arsenal space for additions.

The biggest news is the return of Gabriel Jesus to action. The Brazilian played for the ten-minute duration of additional time in their matchday 3 draw with Fulham at the Emirates.

He is a big boost for Mikel Arteta against Manchester United, who do not have fond memories of the striker.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are close to signing a backup goalkeeper for André Onana. Fenerbahçe let their goalkeeper, Altay Bayındır, go to Old Trafford for £6 million. He will replace Dean Henderson, who is set to leave Old Trafford.

Luke Shaw is out for a couple of months thanks to an unfortunate injury on matchday 2 and the club are believed to be lining up a move for Marc Cucurella to cover for the English left back whose return date is unknown.

Lineups

Thomas Partey seems to have found a new position in defence since the acquisition of Declan Rice. This is similar to how Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola used Oleksandr Zinchenko at Manchester City and how Arteta is currently using the Ukrainian.

This sees Gabriel being sacrificed amidst rumours of Arteta looking to move the Brazilian on. If any of Guehi or Garcia joins the Gunners before the 1 September deadline for transfers this summer, Partey could return to midfield. However, he is likely to remain in that role for the Man United match.

Gabriel Jesus will also return to the starting XI for Man United.

Arsenal: Partey, Saliba, White, Zinchenko; Ødegaard, Rice, Havertz; Martinelli, Jesus, Saka.

Manchester United will likely repeat the same starting XI that ground out a draw against Nottingham Forest on matchday 3. This means right-back Diogo Dalot will fill in at left-back once again thanks to Shaw’s injury.

Anthony Martial will also keep his place as the starting striker while Marcus Rashford will return to his favoured role on the left side of the attack.

Manchester United: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Dalot; Eriksen, Casemiro; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.

Prediction

Arsenal and Manchester United will go at each other from the first blast of the whistle because this is what fans have come to expect from this tie. United have started to find the back of the net more often this season so Mikel Arteta’s defensive tactics will have to be top-notch. Marcus Rashford is yet to score, making the threat even bigger for the Gunners. Arteta will have the talents of Gabriel Jesus to work with, which also increases the goal threat that the Gunners will bring to the game. 

The midfield will be a warzone and it will be where the game will be won. A tight game that is likely to end in a draw rather than a loss for either side.

Arsenal 1 – 1 Manchester United.

 

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