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Manchester United v Arsenal Preview: Goals, Goals, Goals

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Another big game awaits Manchester United this weekend as Arsenal, their chief rivals from the last decade but not so relevant these days, travel to Old Trafford. Although the Gunners have failed to maintain any sustained title challenge in the recent past, this still remains one of the biggest rivalries in England owing to its rich recent history.

Despite their League Cup exit to Chelsea, United fans can be quite pleased with the club’s recent form in the league. The Red Devils have managed to catch up with early league leaders Chelsea and are just one point behind the London club at the moment courtesy of a memorable win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend. United have had a tough run of fixtures off late and the 2-3 loss to Tottenham remains the only blip in their recent league record.

William Hill are giving odds of 5/2 for Robin van Persie to score and United to win. If you’re backing United to win, it’s a good bet to put your free £25 on!

Manchester United have the best striker force in the league and off late they have been scoring for fun. United have managed to score 18 goals in their last five games (in all competitions). In fact they have scored the most number of goals in the league; three more than Chelsea. But interestingly, this in-form United attack will come up against an Arsenal side which boasts the best defensive record in the league. The Gunners have conceded just six goals in the league so far.

So this Saturday, statistically, League’s best attack will go up against the league’s best defense. Something’s got to give, and looking at Arsenal’s defending against United in recent seasons, it’s bound to be the defending on both sides.

The only worry for Sir Alex has been United’s shaky defense this season, which has got much to do with the number of injuries they had to deal with. The absence of Vidic hasn’t helped the cause. United have conceded a staggering 11 goals in their last four games (in all competition).

Arsenal are coming into this match on the back of a thrilling 7-5 victory over Reading with a second string side. But the first team has struggled in the league and Europe to score goals off late. The fact that they are missing Robin van Persie is quite obvious.

Interestingly, United have the worst defensive record among the top six clubs in the Premier League at the moment (along with Tottenham) having conceded 13 goals so far, and this weekend they will come up against an Arsenal side who have the worst goal scoring record among the top six clubs (having scored 14 in nine games).

The good news for United fans is that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are close to returning to action, although they will not feature in this game against Arsenal. Vidic and Kagawa remains the only long term injury concerns for United as of now.

Manchester United will start as favorites against Arsenal this weekend. United have won eight and lost just one of their last 10 matches against the Gunners in all competitions. Last year’s 8-2 demolition must still be fresh in the minds of the traveling fans, but there is unlikely to be a repeat of that scoreline this time around as this season Arsenal’s defense is far more organized. But Arsenal’s scoring record at this ground in abysmal; the London club has managed to score just 10 goals in their last 20 visits to Old Trafford.

Match Predictions: I would predict United to win this match by at least a two goals margin. Manchester United to win with a 3-1 scoreline is at 12/1 with William Hill*, while a 4-2 win is at 80/1* (do you think Arsenal can’t score twice against this United defense?).

Manchester United v Arsenal betting

Robin van Persie to score first is at 7/2* and given how fired up he will be to perform against his former team, this could be a very good bet.

You can also expect plenty of goals going in this game looking at recent matches involving both sides, and Over 5.5 could be a cheeky bet at 8/1* seeing that 5+ goals in a big game wasn’t uncommon last season and that doesn’t seem to have changed this season either.

The outcome of the game is far from certain and there are plenty of good bets to be made on the game. With a free bet offer, great prices and 100s of betting options available (including in-play betting), William Hill are an ideal choice for betting on Manchester United v Arsenal (and other Premier League games).

Check out the latest betting odds for Manchester United v Arsenal on William Hill* and don’t forget to check on their priority prices and in-play betting options closer to game time.

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Admin Returns :roll:

    Off topic: Get in you Redssss!! ;)

  2. CoppelRED says:

    3 points will do nicely thank you!!

  3. mick says:

    Agree pretty much, one thing though, arsenal will toy with our midfield, i wouldnt be surprised if they pass us off the pitch

  4. GunnerPete says:

    Good write up my boy. And there was I going to ask you if you knew any good betting offices anywhere?

    The 8-2 of last year was a sick joke for us gunners due to the fact (now missing from records) that our team that day consisted of not one of our usual back six players and only two of our forward five. The very fact that two untried stiffa were called back from loans to play in that game also hurt.

    You say that this games rivalries is due to the past decade or two…..well that shows your age and knowledge of our clubs. I was only 13 when seeing the babes at Highbury beat us 4-5 in a thriller, the last game for that great side ever in UK. All things changed between us when Manure decided to copy the Liverpool formulae of success ie; massive buying every year without regard to debt. It workd for 20 years for them and its worked about the same for Manure. Now Chelski & shitty are also buying trophies……dont worry even though AFC is now owned by two of the worlds richest men, there is no chance of my lot sinking to that level.

    So this game..well naturally I would love us to have back three of our long term injured especially Gibbs
    but that will not happen. If and its a big if…..Arsene ( the GOD of real football) keeps the same team that beat QPR…..we will lose. If he includes Koscielny in DMF and brings in the OX, we will win………Simples !

    So far, I have been very unimpressed by Manure and cannot see how they can afford so many brown envelopes to officials year in year out….as in the Chelski farce, but maybe its just practice? One day perhaps they will have to win matches like the rest of us without help……..but I understand that is the real reason RVP left the home of real football to join the bribers….ie’ he is guaranteed a trophy or two by the FA.

    Hope its a great game and somehow Fergie does not get to pick the ref this time.

  5. Xyth says:

    Any win will do!

    RvP latest player to reject Shitty’s filthy money! (300k pw).
    Just for that he is a Legend!

  6. Robin van Gora says:

    We are up against possibly the worst arsenal team of the wenger era. Quite simply, if we want the title we have to win.

  7. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Just rewinding back to costas’ post about anderson’s fitness issues and although i had reservation at first, i think he’s spot on. United have a fantastic midfielder in there but yet to get the best out of him regularly. He has everything in his game in order to be a complete midfielder. Power, forceful drive, ability to carry the ball and slalom past central midfield players (which gives the team a different dimension). Possesses creativity and is a very good passer of a footballer. I think he needs to work that extra harder to get back to peak fitness in order become a true dominant midfield player. He was the best midfielder on the pitch against chelsea, that says something big when you have mata as an opponent. People weep for that ideal midfielder, yet we’ve had that all along but yet to extract enough out of him due injuries, a lack of professionalism from him at times and his inability to complete a game in the physically demanding premier league. What i would like to see is fergie giving more regular game time, the brazilian will be in tip top confidence after his performance, he should be rewarded. A tough arsenal side filled with invention and tenacity would be the type to give him his chance.

  8. Proverb says:

    Happy match day eve
    Let’s spank them arseholes come tomorrow after.
    That’s not too much to ask I guess

    My money is on robin van persie to score a hattrick and I’d place 100k on arsehole fans to boo him

    “She said NO!!!!” ;)

    Come on you mighty REDSSSS 6-1 please!

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  10. redbilly says:

    ltes jst rember Arseal will still bon a high afr their fantastic midweek comeback. That said, I think it will be a antastic match with 3 point for us. Come on reds.

  11. Costas says:

    Hmm, not so sure. After this week’s games and last year’s battering, this could be a tight one.

  12. theboogeyman says:

    Costas – Depends on how our defence plays, really. I doubt they’ll be able to stop us scoring, but our fucking defense seems to love cocking about now and then, and that might hurt us.

  13. RedKamer says:

    I would really like to see Anderson on the pitch. Still thinking of where to play or who to drop to have him in the team. Hmmmm


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