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Arsenal vs Man Utd: Solskjaer revive rivalry against Gunners

FA Cup By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 25/01/2019

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revived rivalry against Arsenal after both sides go head to head on Friday night at Emirate Stadium in the FA Cup fourth-round clash.

Both sides head into the tie high on confidence as Gunners are fresh off the back of an impressive 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea, while Red Devils are on a seven-game winning streak since the appointment of the club legend as caretaker manager.

Team News

Former Manchester United players Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (foot) have both been ruled out of the clash for Arsenal.

Hector Bellerin's injury (knee) that has ruled him out for the season should see Ainsley Maitland-Niles start at right-back.

Alexis Sanchez will feature against his former club after recovering from an injury sustained in the 2-0 win over Reading in the last round of the competition.

Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo were all absent for last weekend's victory over Brighton at Old Trafford - and those three remained sidelined.

Head to Head

These sides have met on 14 previous occasions in the FA Cup, eliminating each other seven times apiece (including final victories) - neither side has been knocked out by another team more often.

This will mark just the third time Arsenal have hosted Man United in the world's oldest club cup competition, though, with the other two matches ending in victory - 5-0 in January 1937 and 2-1 in February 1988.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last three meetings with the Gunners overall, winning both league matches last season and playing out a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last month, shortly before Mourinho was axed.

Recent Form

Gunners have won three draws one and lost two from their last six matches in all competition, while Red Devil won all their last six fixtures.

Manager Quotes

Arsenal boss Unai Emery oversaw a 2-2 draw with United at Old Trafford in December but feels the test that awaits his side this weekend will be a different one now Solskjaer is in charge.

He said via Sky Sports: "It's the same players but they're playing with a big performance now. I was watching their last matches and each player has a lot of confidence, with big performances, and now they are very dangerous. For us, it's good because it's a very big test for us in this competition."

Solskjaer said of the match remembered for Ryan Giggs' stunning solo goal: "The semi-final in 99 is such an important game," 

"When Peter [Schmeichel] saves that pen from Denis Bergkamp, that gives us the advantage and we win the treble.

"If Bergkamp had have scored, they'd have won the double. That's just how small the margins are, and I think that's the standout for me.

"I was substituted so I watched Giggsy's goal from the sidelines and what a goal that was.

"I think that was the one highlight in the FA Cup, apart from walking out on the pitch at Wembley in 99."

Arsenal possible starting lineup: Cech; Lichsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Willock, Ozil, Iwobi; Lacazette,

Manchester United possible starting lineup: Romero; Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata, Lukaku, Alexis.

Score prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United
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