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Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates for a 4th round rematch of the two most decorated clubs in FA Cup history.
The two sides’ last FA Cup match was in the 6th round of the 2015 competition—Arsenal beat United 2-1 and went on the win the cup that year. Despite Hector Bellerin’s season ending in knee surgery this week, necessitating some lineup and formation changes, the Gunners have a decent chance of moving on today. Unai Emery’s counterattack-focused style of play works better against teams of United’s caliber, and Arsenal might actually be missing fewer players than United.
United have bounced back quickly with Ole Gunnar Solskær in charge, but they are by no means a healthy team. Marcus Rashford left United’s last match with a knock, and Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, and Marouane Fellaini are all out. There is also a rumor floating around that David de Gea won’t be in the squad, which makes no sense to me, but would be helpful if true.
Arsenal’s only injuries are the long-term ones—Bellerin, Rob Holding, and Danny Welbeck have been out for a while and will be out for a while longer.
WHAT: Arsenal vs. Manchester United, FA Cup 4th Round
WHERE: The Emirates
WHEN: Friday, January 25th 11:55 AM PT | 2:55 PM ET | 7:55 PM BT
US TV: Streaming on ESPN+ (not free).
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