By Warren Haughton
Last Updated: 27th September 2019
MANCHESTER UNITED facing Arsenal used to be a big game.
Even neutral fans worldwide would be desperate to see these two Premier League giants lock horns.
Since the Gunners ceased being title contenders, the game only had any bearing on the title race in terms of United challenging Manchester City, Chelsea or Liverpool.
But those days are a distant memory, like two big name boxers squaring up well past their peak.
Now fans watch on like drivers rubbernecking on the motorway looking at the wreckage of a car crash on the other side of the road, that’s how low this game has sunk.
At times the Gunners look electric going forward, but still have major issues in defence, if David Luiz is the answer, then what on earth is the question?
GUNNERS FAITHFUL STILL UNSURE
Unai Emery is still to convince the Emirates faithful he is the man to take them forward, and according to some reports, some of the players also have their doubts.
You have to go back 13 years since Arsenal last won in the league at Old Trafford.
The visitors have the hottest striker around in Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang who has bagged six in as many league games.
Aubameynag is 23/20 score again on Monday night and an enhanced 5/1 to open the scoring.
A win will get the fans believing again, defeat and it could be back to crisis mode for Emery, especially against such poor opponents.
Arsenal are 2/1 to take all three points back to North London condemning United to their second home defeat of the season.
Compared to United, it’s all going smoothly for the Londoners.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were awful against West Ham, not much better against Rochdale and things could get worse.
CAN’T BUY A GOAL
United decided to sell their only proven goal scorer in Romelu Lukaku.
And last Sunday ended up with Jesse Lingard as a central striker after Marcus Rashford limped off injured.
And the numbers are damning.
Since beating Paris Saint Germain 3-1 in March, United have scored 17 goals in 19 games.
They have only scored more than one goal in three of those games against Watford, West Ham and Chelsea.
And there is no sign of Anthony Martial returning on Monday, so teenage Mason Greenwood could be asked to lead the attack.
United are 27/20 to win and 10/11 to score more than one goal.
Even if United win, respite could be short lived with the visit of Liverpool next month.