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Arsenal v Manchester United: FA Cup 4th round; the form.

By Bulldog Drummond

As you will remember Arsenal are constantly being criticised in the media.   And yet for a team which is being heavily criticised, especially for its defence, Arsenal’s home form remains unquestionably good…

Home games only

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 12 11 0 1 40 10 30 33
2 Liverpool 11 10 1 0 31 6 25 31
3 Arsenal 12 9 2 1 26 10 16 29
4 Chelsea 12 7 4 1 21 9 12 25
5 Manchester United 11 7 3 1 23 14 9 24

Nine wins, two draws and a single defeat at the very start of the season to Manchester City as Mr Emery was getting the hang of the club, the players and the Premier League.   Our goals against total at home is 10, exactly the same as Manchester City.

Manchester United’s away form is good, but not quite as good as Arsenal’s.

Away games only

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 13 11 0 2 30 13 17 33
2 Liverpool 12 9 2 1 23 7 16 29
3 Manchester City 11 7 2 2 22 7 15 23
4 Chelsea 11 7 1 3 19 10 9 22
5 Manchester United 12 6 2 4 23 19 4 20

Six wins, two draws, and four defeats for Man United at home, which is no mean achievement given the povetry of displays under their previous manager.

So trying to separate the teams is hard – although if we look at current form we can see quite a boost for Manchester United

Date Game Res Score
22 Dec 2018 Cardiff City v Manchester United W 1-5
26 Dec 2018 Manchester United v Huddersfield Town W 3-1
30 Dec 2018 Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth W 4-1
02 Jan 2019 Newcastle United v Manchester United W 0-2
05 Jan 2019 Manchester United v Reading FAC W 2-0
13 Jan 2019 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United W 0-1
19 Jan 2019 Manchester United v Brighton and Hove Albion W 2-1

The one thing that might benefit our defence – especially with the injuries we have is that Manchester United’s scoring has eased up recently but the list of victories cannot be denied.  Arsenal by comparison has…

Date Game Res Score
22 Dec 2018 Arsenal v Burnley W 3-1
26 Dec 2018 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal D 1-1
29 Dec 2018 Liverpool v Arsenal L 5-1
01 Jan 2019 Arsenal v Fulham W 4-1
05 Jan 2019 Blackpool v Arsenal W 0-3
12 Jan 2019 West Ham United v Arsenal L 1-0
19 Jan 2019 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-0

Arsenal have four wins, two defeats and a draw, compared with seven straight wins for Manchester United.

In the injury charts Manchester United have five men down, Arsenal four.

Fellani, Mojo and Smalling are said by Physioroom to be out for Manchester United with Shaw and Rashford in doubt.  For Arsenal Bellerin, Welbeck and Holding are all out, and Mkhitaryan is slowly coming back to full fitness.  I’ve no idea if he will be fit for this game but the media is saying not.  On the other hand Alexis might play.

Mr Emery spoke about Manchester United since their change of manager saying, “It’s a different team. It’s the same players but they’re playing with a big performance now.

“I was watching their last matches and each player has a lot of confidence, with big performances, and now they are very dangerous.   For us, it’s good because it’s a very big test for us in this competition.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said,  “That’s the one fierce football rivalry of my years here as a player.   We were always the closest rivals. They won the double, we won the treble. The games were just fantastic. We had a great team, and they had a very good team. There were some tackles flying in between the two teams. They were fantastic games.”

So he’s not giving any particularly great compliments to the Arsenal of the era.   And here’s a fact that I’ve not picked up previously: There has been a red card in five of the past eight FA Cup ties between the sides. So we might well expect a red, and if so we can guess who will get it.

We have managed to get to the 5th round in seven out of the last eight seasons – as you will recall the last time we didn’t was against Nottingham Forest where we went out as Cup holders at the first attempt.

So there we are.    We can but hope.

2 comments to Arsenal v Manchester United: FA Cup 4th round; the form.

  • Mikey

    Aside from a fortuitous win at the Spuds, they haven’t played a team above 12th since Solskjaer took and three of the teams they have beaten sit in the bottom four. Two of those three (including the club rooted at the bottom scored against them. They have certainly improved but only the media would have us believe they are a top side. In fact when the beat Cardiff in Solkjaer’s first match, the media behaved as though they’d just won the Intergalactic Championship!

    Man U will always be the media favourites, the only thing that has changed (if only slightly) is that they do tend to pick up more cards than they ever did under Fergie. Although against us I fully expect the red Manc loving Mike Riley to give out some very strong orders to his servants.

  • Gord

    That the schedule looked to be “nice” might have been part of the reasoning behind getting rid of moaninho when they did. Probably makes it easier to get the players back on track and the medja back in line.

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    I see that Monaco sacked Henry. So we probably don’t need to worry about him poaching any more staff (he got one for sure, don’t know about others).