How will the Gunners perform when they face Erik ten Hag’s team again on Sunday? Arsenal’s lone Premier League loss this season came at the hands of Manchester United.
Chris Sutton, a football analyst for BBC Sport, remarked that United’s victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford in September was “very fortunate.”
“I believe Erik ten Hag’s team has what it takes to win this match as well, even if they only use the counterattack at Emirates Stadium.
“But Arsenal must be the favorites because they are full of confidence and goalie Aaron Ramsdale is doing exceptionally well.”
This season, Sutton is competing against a range of guests to make predictions for every match in the top division.
He will face Liam Fray, the lead singer of The Courteeners, in this weekend’s games.
The Courteeners reissued St Jude, their debut album, on January 13 in honor of its 15th anniversary. On June 9, they perform in Heaton Park in Manchester as part of a homecoming celebration.
The Courteeners’ St Jude first became available in April 2008. It received the inaugural Guardian First Album Award and peaked at number four on the UK album charts. Since then, the group has published five additional albums, and each of them has reached the top six.
Liam, a Manchester United supporter, is celebrating his team’s victory in the Manchester derby last weekend and believes Ten Hag should receive all the credit for their comeback.
Going into a derby, Liam said to BBC Sport, “It had been a while since we’d been on an equal playing field with City.”
“We had the confidence to succeed, and we did. Our performances and form have been excellent. There are indications both on and off the field that it is not merely a passing phenomenon. Everything has changed because of the manager.”
Only a late equalizer by Crystal Palace on Wednesday prevented Ten Hag from securing a 10th straight victory across all competitions after United lost their opening two league games under his leadership.
Liam continued, “I don’t think anyone expected us to be doing so well, so fast.
“Ten Hag had performed admirably for Ajax both domestically and internationally, but I had no idea how he would do in the Premier League.
“People don’t always adjust well when they get here because it’s a different beast, as might happen with some players.
“Although it’s still early, he has already demonstrated, in just six months, that he can be just as effective and successful as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, if not more so.
“Whatever he is doing on the practice field is working brilliantly, and his attitude and disciplinary techniques are a welcome change from the overt dressing room problems that have surfaced in recent years.
“Ten Hag has a terrific attitude and approach, and it feels more like the beginning of a long-term project for him than a temporary cure.
“The success of the men’s, women’s, and youth teams shows how contagious his work has been throughout the entire club. Being a supporter of United at this time is incredibly thrilling.”
When they won their 20th league championship in 2013, the Courteeners’ lead singer Liam Fray United sang the classic Courteeners song “Not Nineteen Forever” at Old Trafford. Liam thinks his choice would be “No One Will Ever Replace Us,” but because title number 21 is taking a while to come, they could always play another Courteeners song, “What Took You So Long?,” when it does.
The Thursday match between Manchester City and Tottenham, which was moved from week seven when guitarist for Asking Alexandria Ben Bruce was the guest, is included in the fixture grid below.