Kick-off: 1630, 22/01/2023
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Title-chasing Arsenal are fancied to make another statement of intent by seeing off Manchester United’s challenge at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The Red Devils looked a tired team late on when drawing at Crystal Palace in midweek and are now without key midfielder Casemiro.
We’re going with the Gunners to prevail at 87/100 for our opening Arsenal vs Man Utd prediction.
Arsenal fans are really starting to believe after they secured a first Premier League away win over arch-rivals Tottenham since 2014 with last Sunday’s 2-0 triumph.
A Hugo Lloris own goal and Martin Odegaard’s long-range strike put the Gunners in control and they fended off a late fightback from Spurs.
Defender William Saliba said: “We are so happy because the derby is a big game and it was an away game too. We know it’s not easy to win here.
“We are focused on ourselves. We are not focused on our rivals. We have to keep going like this and stay focused only on our ourselves.”
Arsenal suffered their only league defeat of the season when going down 3-1 to United at Old Trafford in early September, but were the better team for large parts of that contest.
“We know we have a big game next week,” added Saliba. “They are the only team to beat us this season in the Premier League and we want to beat them at home.
“We have to be focused on keeping going and trying to win. It’s better to have this pressure when you are at the top than when you are down at the bottom.”
The Gunners will be going all out to prove a point here and we like Arsenal vs Man Utd odds.
Last Arsenal line-up: Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko, Partey, Saka, Odegaard, Xhaka, Martinelli, Nketiah.
Manchester United Odds
United looked on course for a 10th straight win in all competitions when Bruno Fernandes fired them into a half-time lead at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
The Red Devils controlled proceedings for an hour but then a busy schedule may have started to take its toll, as they definitely laboured late on.
David de Gea managed to keep the Eagles at bay but he could do nothing about Michael Olise’s stunning stoppage-time free-kick.
Casemiro’s 80th-minute booking for a challenge on Wilfried Zaha means the Brazilian is suspended for this trip.
Erik ten Hag said: “Casemiro is obviously a really important player for us and he is one of the reasons that we are in the position that we are now.
“That’s Casemiro, but last time we beat Arsenal without Casemiro (when he was only introduced as a late substitute soon after joining from Real Madrid).
“We have a squad, so we have to fill that gap and make a proper plan and the squad have to fill it and make sure that there is a team. We already showed how to beat Arsenal.”
However, United finished with Fred and Scott McTominay in midfield at Selhurst Park and they just don’t have Casemiro’s class or composure.
Arsenal’s engine room of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka should now be able to set things up for Odegaard to have the run of things.
The Norway international has netted eight times in the Premier League this season and is 5/1 to open the scoring here.
United can also be guilty of giving opposition wingers too much time and space and Bukayo Saka has struck in the last two encounters between these teams.
Let’s add 16/5 for him to score at any time in a home win to our Arsenal vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last United line-up: De Gea, Martinez, Varane, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fernandes, Rashford, Eriksen, Casemiro, Antony, Weghorst.
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(Assist: Bruno Fernandes)
(Assist: Granit Xhaka)
(Assist: Takehiro Tomiyasu)
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