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BIG MATCH LIVE: Arsenal vs Manchester United
Hello Sports lovers, evening everyone and welcome to another edition of The Scorum Live Blog. It's super Sunday! Arsenal vs Manchester United. As usual, the Live Blog Team will be your host while you be our audience, and together we will run the commentaries under the comment section as the game unfolds. Remember there is 20 scr up for grabs which will be shared among 4 most active audience in today's Live Blog. Hosting The Live Blog With Me Today are: @Talesfrmthecrypt @lama10 @jon.bonomo ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ It's a battle for a Champions league spot, both teams know they are no where close to winning the league, but they are sure of booking a place in next season's Champions league if they don't drop points. Unai Emery's side are recovering from a 3-1 Europa League defeat to Rennes and will be looking forward not to cause their fans further headache. Arsenal were no way to be found in this season's Champions league, and grabbing a spot in nonnegotiable for them. At the other end is a high flying Ole's Manchester United who have proven to be a force to reckon with in recent times. The red devils having conquered and eliminated the French champions from Europe, they will be looking forward to continuing their fine form when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. They call him "magical Ole," and I don't think he will allow Unai stain his glory. Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United Both teams returned from France this week with differing emotions. Solskjær must now be a certainty to get the United job on a full-time basis given that his team is still in the hunt for a top 4 finish, has progressed in the FA Cup and is now in the QF of the CL - you would have got pretty long odds on that being the case a couple of months ago. Despite Arsenal's failure at Rennes on Thursday, their home form this year has been exceptional and there is no reason to believe that their talented forward line can't stretch United's defence today. Both sides have played with a lot of pace in their games of late and as a neutral I hope that the tough fixture list of late doesn't spoil what could be a great attacking game of football. I'll stay positive and go for a 2-2 draw. Prediction : Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United At the current moment, this one is the biggest fixture for both Manchester United and Arsenal, and it will surely going to play the big part on deciding whether any of these two teams will end their season inside top4 or not. The resurging Manchester United added another big win this week and after the win over PSG this week, Manchester United is now ready to offer a full job for Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Arsenal has returned home from France with the disappointing loss and that defeat had lowered their team confidence ahead of this match. Despite having an injury crisis, Manchester United is playing better and succeeded to get results on their favor. Manchester United must take all 3 points from this match as they still have 2 matches left to play with 2 of current top 6 teams, and lose against Arsenal will certainly push them away from the top4 spot. My Prediction: Arsenal 0 - Manchester United 2 United will be buzzing and sharpening their knives for an Arsenal side that has been all but convincing this season. Although the Gunners have been lackluster away from home, they’ve been able to stave off opponents at the Emirates, making them unbeaten in their last 8 home matches. However, Solskjaer has this United team performing elegantly and relentless. The most telling stat: Solskjaer is unbeaten away from home since taking charge, racking up 9 wins out of 9. I think this match makes it 10 in a row for the Norwegian manager. I'm taking both teams to score and the 2.5 over. Prediction: Arsenal 1 – 2 Man United. Match lineups Substitution Match Updates 12' Goal! Arsenal just drew the first blood with a an awesome strike BT Xhaka from outside the goal line. Nice build up from the right flank and De Gea didn't see it coming. Arsenal 1-0 Manchester United Game on! 18' Wow! Fred hits the woodwork. United are far from throwing in the towel in this game, Arsenal should better not be carried away. Game on! Half time Manchester United are really pushing for an equaliser in this game and Arsenal seems to have relaxed a bit after Xhaka scored an early goal to put them on the lead. Lukaku is not playing badly, but I think he and Rashford needs a better synergy if they must outsmart Arsenal's defense. Emrick Abumayang needs to up his game, he seems to be without composure so far. Can't really tell what happened to De Gea in that goal, but he didn't see it coming. So far so good, it's been an awesome game, let's keep our fingers crossed. 69' Goal! Aubumeyang scores a penalty for Arsenal after Lacazet was brought down in goal area by Fred. Well, for me, that penalty is debatable. Game on! Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United. 70' Substitution Ole replaces Dalot with Anthony Martial. Let's see if he will be able to do the magic for United. 75' Substitution Unai Emery replaces Mesut Ozil with Alex Iwobi. It's clear that he wants more goals in this game, and he is boosting Arsenal's attack even more. 79' Substitution Dennis Suarez comes in for Aubameyang. The Congolese hasn't made much impact so far in today's game, so am not surprised by his replacement. 85' Substitution Alexander Lacazete gives way for young Nketiah. Unai knows the job is done. He can smell victory in the atmosphere.