After a largely uneventful 2019, Arsenal will be hoping to start the New Year and decade on a bright note as they host one of their fierce rivals, Manchester United, in the pick of the bunch among the day’s Premier League fixtures.
For Mikel Arteta, getting his first win as Gunners manager in this epic fixture will be a welcome development after falling to a home defeat in the London derby against Chelsea.
It is not any easier for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side whose next five away games see them travel to Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham.
On their part, the Gunners would have to be up and doing if they are to change the trend that has seen them win just one of the last six meetings between these two sides,
Arsenal will be banking on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has scored in each of the last three editions of this fixture, including the reverse contest in September when he earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba is absent from Manchester United’s first game of 2020 against Arsenal tonight, amid reports the club are frustrated with the midfielder and his agent, Mino Raiola.
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Kickoff is 9.00 p.m.
Kickoff at the Emirates
Bright start by Manchester United as Marcus Rashford smashes in a shot on target. Bernd Leno saves the gunners from an early goal.
Early booking for Kolasinac who gets the first yellow card tonight
Goal… Arsenal take the lead as Pepe fires in the ball
Pepe with his third Premier League goal
The Gunners scored first against Chelsea the Last time. But they were beaten by the Blues.. Hope it will be different for the Gunners tonight
Torreira almost doubles the lead for the gunners
Pepe wins a free kick for the gunners
Manchester United survive another scare as Pepe’s shot hits the bar
Goal!! Arsenal double their lead
Sokratis is the scorer for the Gunners
One minute added time
Harry Maguire almost secure a goal for United
Half Time… Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United
Second half already underway at the Emirates
Free kick for Arsenal
The Gunners have scored eight goals via corners in the Premier League this season, two more than any other team
Fred with a shot for Manchester United.. Saved by the Bernd Leno
Substitution: Jesse Lingard makes way for Andreas Pereira
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) is making a second substitution, with Mason Greenwood replacing Daniel James.
More substitutions.. This time for gunners as Arteta takes off goal scorer Pepe for Reiss Nelson.
Rashford tries a shot but off target
Manchester United have lost 12 of their last 13 Premier League away games when they’ve trailed by two or more goals at half-time, last winning 3-2 vs Man City in April 2018… They have a mountain to climb here in London.
Sead Kolasinic is replaced with Bukayo Saka as Mikel Arteta makes his second substitution
Manchester United players are appealing for a penalty after Wan-Bissaka looked to have been taken down just inside the 18
Granit Xhaka injured
Game momentarily halted
Game back on and Xhaka on his feet again
Lacazette with an attempt but it’s off the mark
Bukayo Saka gets his shot on target but fails to score for Arsenal
Juan Mata is replacing Nemanja Matic for United
Guendouzi comes on to see the match out and preserve the clean sheet, replacing Lacazette
Andreas Pereira tries a shot but blocked by Arsenal’s defenders
Four minutes added time