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Gunners seek to keep run as United go hunting at St. Mary's

This weekend, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City will all win their games.

In Summary

•The Gunners seem relentless and this kind of form to them was witnessed 18 years ago and that should send shivers to their opponents.

•Gabriel Jesus is the anchor, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka are in great form but the whole team should be wary of Alexander Mitrovic

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta
Image: REUTERS

Arsenal continued with their good run in form,  blanking AFC Bournemouth 3-0 to remain top of the log despite wins for Tottenham and Manchester City.

The Gunners seem relentless and this kind of form to them was witnessed 18 years ago and that should send shivers to their opponents.

This weekend, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City will all win their games.

I will not talk much about Liverpool but this weekend they have no choice but win maximum points. The defeat at Old Trafford is still hard to take; Just how could we lose to a relegation-bound team? 

Southampton vs Man United (Saturday, 2:30 pm)

My prediction: Saints 1  Red Devils.....2

The Saints have been blowing hot and cold this season and seem not to have replaced Danny Ings yet. They host a Manchester United side that was buoyed by their 2-1 home win over arch-rivals Liverpool on Monday night.

No Ronaldo no problem, No Maguire, we defend better; that was the message sent to the universe on Monday.

The Reds were on top of things against Liverpool, dominating better parts of the game and this was what they just needed to kickstart their shambolic season. Against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, they will need to maintain the same tempo and hope that Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford remain clinical in front of goal.

Chelsea vs Leicester City (Saturday, 5 pm)

My prediction: Blues...1   Foxes...1

Chelsea are undergoing a rough patch and need to wake up or else someone will be on the firing lane. A 3-0 thumping at Eland Road compounded by Kalidou Coulibaly’s red card added to Thomas Tuchel’s woes. He knows that his team has to wake up early or else they will be struggling to catch up against their London rivals and the Manchester clubs. Raheem Sterling is yet to find the back of the net and Kai Havertz is misfiring. Leicester City on the other hand are struggling to keep a clean sheet and take control of games. Brendan Rodgers knows that a point on the road will be enough to give his side the much-needed confidence.

Arsenal vs Fulham(Saturday, 7:30 pm)

My prediction: Gunners: 2  Cottagers:1

The Gunners will not be stopped any time soon. They host their London neighbours at the Emirates and the confidence in the squad should see them pick yet another win.

Gabriel Jesus is the anchor, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka are in great form but the whole team should be wary of Alexander Mitrovic. The towering defender seriously exposed Trent-Alexander Arnold on match day one and Ben White must have picked some lessons from that.