The English Premier League (PL) is back after an international break. The topliner for the week is Arsenal’s trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United. The first meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger – two sworn enemies on the sidelines.
Wenger will be looking to go top of the PL in the early fixture – kick off is at 12:30 GMT. A win will not only send Arsenal top of the league – even if temporarily – it will be the Frenchman’s first win over his Portuguese competitor.
Wenger has not beaten Mourinho in 11 meetings. He has lost 6 of those meetings with the remaining ending in draws. The last Wenger victory was in the Community Shield game last year when Mourinho was in charge at Chelsea.
It's an isolated match and has nothing to do with what happened before. I don't think about previous records, we have some injuries but I'm not crying about the players we have or don't have.
The Gunners are unbeaten since the opening day of the season loss to Liverpool. Arsenal lie fourth in the PL table, only two points off the top. Arsene Wenger’s men have won seven and drawn two of their last nine league games, raising hopes they could claim their first title since 2004.
Mourinho has been talking to the club’s TV channel ahead of the fixture, “It’s an isolated match and has nothing to do with what happened before. I don’t think about previous records, we have some injuries but I’m not crying about the players we have or don’t have,” he said.
Jose Mourinho to #MUTVHD: “We have some injuries but I'm not crying about the players we have or don't have.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/lIZOzxQS3D— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 18, 2016
When the teams met at Old Trafford in February, United beat Arsenal 3-2, with Marcus Rashford scoring twice on his league debut. Rashford is likely to be deployed for the game as Swedish striker, Ibrahimovic is suspended for the fixture after picking his fifth booking of the season.
Saturday 19 November (15:00 GMT)
Watford v Leicester City
Everton v Swansea City
Sunderland v Hull City
Southampton v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Stoke City v Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, 17:30
Sunday 20 November
Middlesbrough v Chelsea, 16:00Monday 21 November
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley, 20:00
Photo credit: @premierleague
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