It’s not quite the blood-and-bile fixture that it once was, and it’s certainly not going to be this season’s title decider, but Arsenal against Manchester United still feels pretty special. And given that Manchester City, eight points clear, have a home game against David Moyes’ hapless West Ham on Sunday, a win here is almost a necessity.
Irritatingly enough, Arsenal have righted themselves after their early-season crisis and come into this game in pretty decent form. They’ve clawed their way back into the top four with five wins in their last six league games. However, Alexander Lacazette has picked up a knock and will miss today’s game.
For United’s part, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are definitely missing. Nemanja Matic has travelled to London with the team but nobody knows if he’s going to be fit. Good job this isn’t the early kick-off. Time for a few more hours intensive massage.
Premier League schedule
It’s a 17.30 kickoff in the UK, which translates to a 12.30 start on the east coast of the USA and a not-too-onerous 9.30 over on the west coast. Good morning to you all.
Premier League TV channel
United are on BT Sport 1 in the UK and NBC USA in, er, the USA.
Premier League streaming
BT Sport’s live streaming service for those in the UK; NBC’s equivalent in the USA.
Assuming Matic isn’t fit, we’re expecting something like ... David de Gea; Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling , Marcos Rojo; Antonio Valencia , Ander Herrera , Marouane Fellaini , Ashley Young ; Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku , Anthony Martial. Matic is fit! Starting XI is unchanged from Watford.
Here's your #MUFC team to take on Arsenal. Our starting XI is unchanged from Tuesday night's win at Watford. #ARSMUN pic.twitter.com/r2NcFVRH9l— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 2, 2017
Full lineup to follow. This will also be our live thread for the game, so do join us in the comments below.