Arsenal v Manchester United Betting Tips & Predictions

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An increasingly fascinating race to finish in the top four is set to take another turn this weekend as Arsenal host fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester United. It’s looking increasingly likely that at least one of these teams will miss out and how important might this game be in deciding who must settle for Europa League football next season.

Only a win will be enough to push Arsenal back into the top four but they are facing a United side that has won nine consecutive away matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That includes a hugely morale-boosting 3-1 at PSG last time out and so United head to London in fine fettle. Their formidable record of late is part of the reason why the Red Devils find themselves trading at 11/10 for a top four finish while Arsenal are available at a considerably longer 15/8. Of course, a win for the home side here will see a huge change in those prices.

Top Tips

Draw @ 5/2

Both Teams to Score @ 4/7

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Arsenal News: Torreira appeal rejected

Arsenal Match Against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium
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Few people saw issue with Anthony Taylor’s decision to brandish Lucas Torreira with a red card in the north London derby but Arsenal still sought to overturn the call. Unsurprisingly, the FA ruled to uphold the three match suspension meaning the midfield terrier won’t be able to keep tabs on United’s creative outlets this game. The Uruguayan, who has taken part in every single league game this season, will also miss a home contest with Newcastle and an away trip to Everton. The Gunners remain a little flaky and so his absence will certainly be felt in those games.

Manchester United News: Confusion over Solskjaer contract situation

Manchester United Fans in a Corner of Old Trafford Football Stadium
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Speaking about his future ahead of the midweek clash with PSG, United’s interim manager Solskjaer said he believes his contract with Molde has now expired. In a confusing press conference the Norwegian stated “I only have a contract with Manchester United” and that “there may have to be another contract” in order to return to Molde. This contradicts what the Eliteserien side have been saying, so much so that managing director Oystein Neerland texted a Norwegian news channel to confirm that Solskjaer had penned a three-year-deal at Molde before Christmas.

Martial to return but injury list remains long

Anthony Martial was in contention to feature against PSG on Wednesday but his manager felt it would have been too much of a risk to involve him. The Frenchman is facing a likely return to the squad this weekend though but Solskjaer will still be without a whole host of other players. The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Nemanja Matic, and Ander Herrera are just three of nine players unlikely to feature at the Emirates due to injury. The latest name to suffer a problem was Eric Bailly whose knock ended a torrid evening playing out of position in Paris after just 36 minutes.

Luk Who's Back

Romelu Lukaku is a controversial figure who divided opinion at Everton and has done so even more at United. Despite his incredibly consistent goalscoring record, many fans question his fitness, movement, touch and commitment. After an especially poor recent run many United supporters felt he should be sold in the summer but he has bounced back in style.

He has now scored six goals in three games, including two at PSG, something of a blow for those who claim he is a flat-track bully. He looks back to his best and with Arsenal still not a side who like a physical challenge he could be set to score once again at the weekend.

Analysis: Arsenal not excelling against top six

Arsenal have faced 11 matches against top six sides this season but only twice have they walked away victorious. Big matches remain somewhat of a weak spot in the Gunners’ armour but they have at least shown more backbone than during the latter parts of the Arsene Wenger era. Gradual improvements are being made under Unai Emery but you still have to question if they have what it takes to get all three points here.

Little to separate the two sides

Solskjaer has already won away at Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and PSG so United are in exceptional hands ahead of their second trip of the Emirates this year. Despite his relative inexperience, the Norwegian manager is able to rally his men for the big occasions and is more than capable of overcoming the odds.

When also factoring in how rarely Arsenal excel against the big sides, this is not a clash you should back the visitors to lose. You may want to stop short of backing an away win however given how injury plagued United are. Having nine players missing will prevent the Red Devils from reaching their best so opt for a draw (5/2) at the Emirates this weekend.

Crowd in for a thrilling encounter

This fixture has a history of goals and more look set follow given the attacking mind-sets of the two managers in charge. Unai Emery has sometimes experienced difficulty getting his men to play away but at home, it’s a completely different story. Goals come easily to the Gunners at the Emirates, with them having scored in every league game there since the season opener with Manchester City. Solskjaer has helped his men find the net with similar ease since taking charge of the club. Under his guidance, the Red Devils have converted at least once in every domestic away test so both teams to score (4/7) is definitely a smart choice for this match.

In-form Lukaku too hot to handle

Romelu Lukaku’s scoring record against the big teams is a poor one, even if it isn' as bad as some people suggest, but he was certainly a cut above everyone on the pitch when he last took on the Gunners.

There’s every reason to think he’ll be just as problematic for the Arsenal defence here as he approaches this match in fine form. As said, the powerful Belgian has netted six times in his last three outings and is playing with an abundance of new found confidence. His struggles earlier on in the season made it easy to forget that Belgium’s all-time record goalscorer can still perform under the right manager. Solskjaer looks like being that person so strongly consider the 25-year-old as any anytime goalscorer (2/1) here.

Recent Matches

Regularly an entertaining fixture, the past 11 meetings between the two clubs have seen both teams scored on nine occasions. United have shaded proceedings in this time and approach this game with a fine overall Emirates record. The Red Devils have won six times at Arsenal’s current home, more than any other visiting side since the stadium opened its doors in 2006.

25th January 2019: Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it eight wins in a row in charge of Manchester United as his men kept their FA Cup hopes alive. Alexis Sanchez, the former Gunner, opened the scoring for the visitors after calmly rounding Petr Cech. Romelu Lukaku grabbed the assist for that goal and he turned creator again two minutes later as he set up Jesse Lingard. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang tapped in from two yards to give his side a lifeline but hopes of comeback were ended when Anthony Martial pounced following a rapid counter.

5th December 2018: Manchester United 2 – 2 Arsenal

Arsenal’s unbeaten run extended to 20 matches in a game that witnessed four goals of the lowest quality. Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring after De Gea made a complete mess of his header but Anthony Martial quickly levelled despite being surrounded by a sea of green shirts. Some calamitous defending, ending in a Marcos Rojo own goal, put the Gunners back ahead again but once again they were quickly pegged back. One long punt up field from kick-off wasn’t dealt with by a sleeping Arsenal defence, allowing Jesse Lingard to swoop in and poke home. A thriller for sure but a classic, certainly not.

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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