The Monday night football match in the Premier League tonight is a clash between two sides that have fallen slightly from their lofty perches in recent years as Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
Both sides have had mediocre – by their standards – openings to the season and will be desperate to win this one to not lose touch with the top 4, as well as getting one over on old rivals.
The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Arsenal have only won on 3 of their 27 visits to Old Trafford in the Premier League era.
* Old Trafford isn’t the fortress it once was – the Red Devils have lost 3 of their last 6 home matches.
* Defence is Arsenal’s main problem: they’ve conceded twice in each of their last 4 matches and have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11.
* But then United can’t score. They love scored more than one goal once in their last 11 matches – the 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season.
* Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the man United’s defends needs to stop – he has 13 goals in his last 13 PL matches.
Tottenham Hotspur are thinking about making another move to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in January and are open to Christian Eriksen moving the other way as part of the deal.
Spurs wanted to sign Dybala in the summer but failed to agree a deal with the Italian champions.
However, Mauricio Pochettino remains interested in his fellow Argentine and could go back for him in January, according to Tuttosport in Italy.
The publication further claims that Spurs could be willing to let 27-year-old Eriksen move the other way.
Eriksen stayed publicly that he was looking for a new challenge in the summer after spending six years in north London. However, despite attracting interest from a number of top European clubs and Manchester United, no deal was forthcoming.
Eriksen is in the final year of his contract and could leave for nothing next summer. With little sign of the Dane signing a new deal – despite Spurs’ best efforts to tempt him – they may decide to cash in on him in January.
However, Spurs could face competition for Dybala. Paris St-Germain have been rumoured to be interested and could also return with a bid for the player who has been unsettled in Turin since the arrival of Christiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United are lining up a bid of in excess of £90 million for West Ham United midfielder this coming January, according to reports.
The Daily Express claims that United are mulling over a bid as they look to bolster their midfield.
United were said to be interested in 20-year-old Rice in the summer, but didn’t make a bid. West Ham’s bosses had also been clear they wouldn’t sell.
However, United may well firm up their interest when the transfer window reopens as they look for a long-term defensive midfielder. Given the current transfer market, it has been speculated that it could take a bid of £90 million for West Ham to part with one of their most prized assets.
Rice has risen to prominence in the last 18 months, establishing himself in the Hammers side with a series of impressive performances before breaking into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
The player himself has said he is happy at the London Stadium, but whether concrete interest from a club playing European football would turn his head remains to be seen.
Italian champions Juventus are planning to make a move to sign Manchester United star David de Gea in January if his contract situation isn’t sorted out.
Spanish international de Gea is out of contract next summer and has so far stalled on signing a new deal at Old Trafford. Talks shave been ongoing for more than a year but a resolution isn’t in sight.
Juventus bosses are aware of this and know that from January de Gea will be able to sign a pre-contract with other clubs.
The Turin-based side have form with this sort of move, having signed Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal and Emre Can from Liverpool for nothing after their deals ran out.
Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain are also thought to be monitoring the situation. Both clubs could afford the rumoured £350,000 a week de Gea wants.
Real Madrid have had an interest in de Gea for years – almost signing him in 2015 – so could also come in for him.
While United want to keep hold of their keeper, and remain in talks with him and his representatives, they are thought to be lining up a replacement if he does go. Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak is thought to be top of their wish list, but it would take a mighty offer to get Diego Simeone to part with one of his key players.
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