Manchester United v Arsenal Betting Tips & Predictions – Wednesday 5th December 2018

Arsenal have rarely enjoyed visits to Old Trafford over the last few years but they are a different prospect now under Unai Emery. The high flying Gunners made it 19 games unbeaten when seeing off London rivals Tottenham in emphatic style on Sunday and they'll be confident of extending this run here.

By stark contrast, Manchester United are in disarray coming into this match. The Red Devils have failed to get going all season and already find themselves eight points behind the top four. Should this poor form continue then surely Jose Mourinho will be a man without a job soon.

Top Tips

Draw @ 13/5

Both teams to score @ 8/15

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Manchester United News: Mourinho with long injury list

Manchester United Fans in a Corner of Old Trafford Football Stadium
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Coming into this match, the Man United boss has eight players with some sort of injury as well as Ashley Young out suspended. It’s not all bad news however as several of those with problems are in contention to feature this Wednesday. Only Alexis Sanchez and Victor Lindelof are definitely out of contention at this point. Marcus Rashford is expected to make his return while Mourinho also believes that Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling stand a good chance of being fit. Luke Shaw is more of a doubt after being taken off against Southampton but Diogo Dalot is available to deputise if required.

Pogba faces even more criticism

Following the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, reports emerged that Paul Pogba had been branded a ‘virus’ by his manager because he kills the mentality of players around him. Harsh words if true but they are easy to believe given that Mourinho has a history of criticising the Frenchman. A less personal dig came when the beleaguered boss said his midfield has a lack of ‘mad dogs’ that are prepared to fight hard and outwork the opposition. When taking a look at United’s poor number of sprints and distance covered stats for this season, it would appear the 55-year-old does have a point.

Arsenal News: Ruthless Aubameyang fires again

Arsenal Match Against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium
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There’s been plenty of standout performers for Arsenal this year but few deserve more plaudits than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese forward tops the Premier League scoring charts with 10 goals following his brace against local rivals Tottenham at the weekend. What’s more impressive is that this return has come from just 25 attempts at goal, giving him a lethal conversion rate. If able to sustain such impressive form, he could well be the man regularly selected to lead the line for Arsenal, rather than placed out wide to accommodate Alexandre Lacazette.

Analysis: Derby win shows times are changing at Arsenal

The passion and belief to come from 2-1 down during Sunday’s north London derby shows how Emery is leading a steady revolution at Arsenal. It wasn’t a faultless display from the Gunners but one that was a marked improvement on many towards the later end of the Arsene Wenger period. Given the change in mood at the club and all the plaudits coming the way of Arsenal, Man United may well find this game harder than they have done in the past.

Mourinho to have a trick up his sleeve

Man United have endured a poor start to the season but they have still been able to produce a couple of big surprises. They became the first side to beat Juventus at home since April and were seconds from beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Although unable to impress against Southampton, this isn’t to say they can’t play much better against a side against whom they’ve only lost two of the last 13 league meetings. The Gunners travel to Old Trafford looking a better side than they have done in the past but this will never be an easy test for them. With the hosts able to raise their game, a draw (13/5) does not look beyond their reach.

Returning defenders will not solve issues

Even if Smalling, Bailly and Shaw are passed fit for this test, it’s hard to see United holding out for a clean sheet. It’s something they’ve managed just once in their last 10 league matches, the sole time coming against a Crystal Palace side who’ve struggled for goals this season. Arsenal have been quite leaky at the back themselves, failing to record a single clean sheet in their last seven league contests. A change to five at the back hasn’t seen any drastic improvements and the absence of Granit Xhaka (suspension) won’t be helping either. Goals should be on the menu as a result, making both teams to score (8/15) a highly tempting wager.

Red-hot Aubameyang set for more

As goals look likely for both teams in this match, a dip into the anytime goalscorer market is also something worth considering. Lacazette is a rotation risk but the same is not true of fellow striker Aubameyang (6/5). The Gabon international has scored half of his Premier League goals this season away from home so he is not somebody who does not travel well. He was fantastic against Tottenham last weekend and could have had a hat-trick had he just delayed his runs behind the defence a little. A little more patience this time and the ex-Dortmund man should find the net here.

Recent Matches

Arsene Wenger lost more matches at Old Trafford than at any other away stadium during his long stay as Arsenal manager. Although he regularly failed to produce the goods at the Theatre of Dreams, could Unai Emery experience better fortunes during his time in charge of the Gunners?

29th April 2018: Manchester United 2 – 1 Arsenal

Sir Alex Ferguson greeted Wenger for a pre-match presentation to mark the Frenchman’s final trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager. It turned out not be a happy farewell for the long-standing Arsenal manager as Marouane Fellaini once again proved to be the late hero for United. The Belgian had headed against the post just a few minute earlier but made no mistake when handed another sight of goal following Ashley Young’s cross.

2nd December 2017: Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester United

Mourinho had a day to remember as he secured his first win in 12 attempts away at a top six rival. A combination of astute tactics and a stunning display from David de Gea made the difference as Arsenal slipped out the top four. The Gunners had 33 shots in total, including 16 on target but only Lacazette’s strike just after half-time found its way in. Pogba saw red with 15 minutes to go for a stamp on Hector Bellerin but a resolute United were able to hold on.

7th May 2017: Arsenal 2 – 0 Manchester United

A 25 match unbeaten league run came to an end for Manchester United here, damaging their hopes of a top four finish. The defeat left them four points behind local rivals Manchester City in fourth, with just three games to play. Both sides lacked creativity in the contest and the deadlock was only broken courtesy of Xhaka’s deflected long-range effort. Danny Welbeck added another three minutes later, handing Wenger his first competitive victory against Mourinho on the ninth attempt.

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