Arsenal v Manchester United Betting Tips & Predictions - Wednesday 1st January 2020

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Previous Match Tips

Last year both Manchester United and Arsenal fell just short during an enthralling battle for a top four finish. Securing Champions League football is the aim again this year for both sides and the competition for places neat the pinnacle of the table means the outcome of matches like these could prove crucial come the end of the campaign.

Arsenal would extend their lead over United to six points should they secure their first win at Old Trafford in over 12 years. History is not on the Gunners’ side but it is not all bad news as United have lost three of their last six home league matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been facing increasing criticism in recent weeks.

Top Tips

Arsenal to win @ 2/1

Aubameyang to score @ 6/5

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Manchester United News: Woodward gives Solskjaer his support

Manchester United Fans in a Corner of Old Trafford Football Stadium
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There has been a growing number of Old Gunnar Solskjaer critics in the last few weeks but United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward isn’t one of them. In a reassuring statement delivered during a call with investors, the 47 year old spoke about the progress being made behind the scenes, for example with the recruitment department and training facilities. He went on to say that with these building blocks for success, those at the top of the club are confident that Ole is the man to deliver positive results in the long term.

Pogba makes his return

Paul Pogba has not scored a goal from open play since February but Solskjaer will still be mighty relieved that the Frenchman is fit enough to take to the pitch again. The midfielder played a full 90 minutes of the Wednesday evening EFL Cup clash with Rochdale, probably more than initially intended, but he completed the task without any issues, which will have relieved his boss (not to mention the United faithful).

Also back in action was Mason Greeenwood, who was missing last weekend due to a bout of tonsillitis. The 17 year old starlet scored the opening goal against the League One outfit, which was his second goal in his last two United appearances. He certainly looks to have a bright future at the club.

Arsenal News: Defensive trio make seasonal debuts

Arsenal Match Against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium
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Unai Emery had the delight of welcoming back three key defenders for the Tuesday night clash with Nottingham Forest. Rob Holding, making his first competitive appearance of the calendar year, saw out the entire clash and even got himself on the scoresheet. Summer signing Kieran Tierney enjoyed his first game in Arsenal colours, putting in a 77-minute shift before he was replaced by Hector Bellerin who came off the bench. Much like Holding, the Spanish fullback has spent a long time out side-lined but there is nothing to say the pair won’t feature on Monday.

Maitland-Niles free to play

Two yellow cards shown to Ainsley Maitland-Niles after just 41 minutes was not enough to stop Arsenal beating Aston Villa last weekend. The 22 year old has been Unai Emery’s first choice at right back while Hector Bellerin completes his road to recovery, starting in every league game so far. It is a run he could keep going too as his one game suspension was served during the League Cup clash with Nottingham Forest. Much confusion initially surrounded the terms of the missed game but Arsenal themselves have confirmed he is eligible for selection this weekend.

Analysis: Solskjaer facing crucial test

The pressure is firmly on the shoulders of Solskjaer here after winning just one of his last five league games and almost losing to Rochdale in the League Cup. Victory against a top four rival would most definitely lift the mood at the club but a loss would only see further question marks raised about his suitability for the job. Ed Woodward may still be fond of the Norwegian for now but a few more poor results and his opinion is surely going to change because of pressure from disgruntled fans.

Arsenal lifted by returning players

While Man United face injury concerns over several players such as Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw, Arsenal have a rapidly shrinking list of absentees. Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are big name to have fit again as they are all likely members of Emery’s preferred defensive line. Conceding too many goals on the road has often been an issue for the Spaniard but there is real hope that things can get better now. Bolstered at the back, this could provide the foundation for a rare Old Trafford victory (2/1) as United have been lacking offensively lately, scoring just six times in their last seven matches.

Aubameyang spearheads dangerous attack

Manchester United may have struggled for goals in recent weeks but Arsenal most certainly haven’t. The Gunners have managed at least two goals in each of their last five matches in all competitions. A team renowned for their attacking brand of football, it is no surprise that they have only failed to score in four competitive matches this calendar year.

Key to their fine strike rate is last year’s top goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Having already grabbed himself seven goals in seven appearances, the Gabonese striker is an excellent anytime goalscorer (6/5) selection. At times he can cut a slightly frustrated figure stuck out wide but the injury to Alexandre Lacazette ensures he will take up a more focal point in the Gunners attack.

Recent Matches

Arsenal were the ones left celebrating during their most recent clash with United but they have not won a league clash at Old Trafford since 2006. Emmanuel Adebayor scored the winner that day, grabbing the game’s only goal 86 minutes in, much to the delight of the travelling fans.

10th March 2019: Arsenal 2 – 0 Manchester United

Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first Premier League loss as United manager, allowing Arsenal to leapfrog the Red Devils into fourth place. It was a cruel way to end a 12 game unbeaten run in the English top flight as the visiting side had enough chances to win the game. Romelu Lukaku hit the bar when it looked easier to score and the Belgian had a further two efforts superbly kept out by Bernd Leno. Teammate Fred also hit the woodwork as United were left to pay the price for their missed chances.

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.

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