After their comfortable Europa League win over Dundalk on Thursday, Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday, with the Gunners taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
With Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding ruled out of this weekend’s clash, and David Luiz a major doubt, Shkodran Mustafi is expected to return to Arsenal’s starting lineup against United.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could go with a back three, with Gabriel, Mustafi and Kieran Tierney, or could revert to a back four, with Tierney at left-back and Hector Bellerin at right-back.
So, what will the final score be? And what team will Arteta go with against United? We used FIFA 21 to simulate the outcome of this weekend’s game.
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United vs Arsenal score predicted using FIFA 21
To set up this simulation, we used kick-off mode within FIFA 21 but didn’t select a team to control; we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a prediction.
The AI difficulty was set to legendary, with the line-up updated with the latest transfers, injuries and suspensions.
We predict that could set up in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with their line-up as follows: De Gea; AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Pogba; Fernandes; Greenwood, Rashford.
We predict that Arsenal could set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the line-up as follows: Leno; Mustafi, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Xhaka, Partey, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
In our simulated FIFA 21 game, the first-half of this match followed a similar pattern to United’s previous league game against Chelsea, in what was a tight and cautious tactical battle. Arsenal were particularly cautious, not really making any impact in the United half.
All the action would come in the second-half, with United blowing Arsenal away in a 20 minute spell. The first goal came just after the hour mark, with Fred playing…