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3 key match-ups to watch out for in Arsenal vs Man Utd

Manchester United take on Premier League rivals Arsenal in today’s clash at the Emirates Stadium.

The Red Devils go into the game after a splendid 3-2 comeback win over Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford, and will be aiming for another victory before the international break.

United have not won a league match at the Emirates since the 3-1 win in December 2017 where David de Gea made a stunning 14 saves. They have the chance to end the dreadful run.

Ahead of the game, here are three key match-ups to watch out for.

Casemiro vs Declan Rice

Casemiro was a big miss during the reverse meeting at the Emirates last season where the Gunners secured a late 3-2 win. The Brazilian got himself suspended for the game after his yellow card in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in midweek.

He is fit and available to face the Gunners this time around and could be up against Rice in the defensive midfield department with Thomas Partey injured. Both players are strong physically and this match-up could have a big say on the result.

Sergio Reguilon vs Bukayo Saka

Diogo Dalot started as the makeshift left-back last weekend after injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia. The Portuguese was good going forward, but was caught out of possession. It is most likely that Reguilon will make his debut against Arsenal.

The Spanish left-back was signed on loan from Tottenham Hotspur and has already trained with the squad. He has a huge challenge on his hands against Bukayo Saka, who is one of the best right-wingers in world football. Reguilon will need to restrict Saka from finding space in and around the box to shoot on goal.

Marcus Rashford vs Ben White

With Partey on the sidelines, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta could revert to Ben White at right-back. This should be music to the ears of Rashford, who has found plenty of success against his compatriot. He had the better of White in both fixtures last season.

The United graduate is undeniably quicker than the Gunners ace. White was booked after just 19 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-2 win over United in January. Rashford made four goal contributions against Arsenal last season, and could make the difference today.

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