In case you’ve forgotten – and even if you had, the chances are you’ll have been given a reminder in the last couple of days – the last time Manchester United played Arsenal the reigning champions came out on top 8-2.
Perhaps a lesser-known fact is that United have come out on top in seven of their last nine matches against the Gunners and they are favourites to pick up another win when the teams meet at the Emirates on Sunday.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are priced at 29/20 for the victory in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw available at 23/10 and an Arsenal success at 9/5.
But Arsenal beat United the last time they came to the Emirates and their home record this season suggests they can earn at least a point from the fixture.
A 56th-minute Aaron Ramsey strike was enough for the Gunners to tame the Red Devils last May and although the Arsenal team which takes to the field at the Emirates on Sunday will be markedly different to the one which played eight months ago, there are signs which suggest the players involved can scale similar heights.
Of the team who played against United in May, Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere will be missing through injury on Sunday while Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have been sold to Manchester City.
The absences of Clichy, Nasri and Barcelona recruit Cesc Fabregas were sorely missed by Arsenal at the beginning of the season, not only in their 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford but also in their 2-0 loss to Liverpool in their first home game of the Premier League campaign.
But since then, the Gunners have played nine games without defeat in the league, conceding just four goals and scoring 16.
That said, Arsene Wenger’s men have not won a game at home with any conviction since a 3-0 victory over West Brom on November 5th, with two 1-1 draws and two 1-0 wins recorded since then.
The draw looks the best bet at half time as well as full time given eight of Arsenal’s ten home league games this season have been level at the break, which is more than any team bar West Brom.
And away from home, the Gunners have lost three of their last four as they suffer the effects of an injury crisis.
With their first and second-choice full-backs on both sides of the defence out injured, the Gunners have lost out both defensively and offensively in recent games.
Carl Jenkinson, Bacary Sagna, Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs remain on the sidelines along with influential midfielder Jack Wilshere, and with Gervinho away at the Africa Cup of Nations, Arsenal might not be in a position to exploit their home advantage to the full.
Nevertheless, with United losing their last away league game 3-0 to Newcastle, Arsenal can still salvage a draw.
And the draw looks the best bet at half time as well as full time given eight of Arsenal’s ten home league games this season have been level at the break, which is more than any team bar West Brom.
At odds of 23/20, a successful £25 free bet on the game to be level at half time is set to return £53.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Finally, despite the ten goals scored in their last meeting, this could be a tight game.
Six out of Arsenal’s ten home games have featured fewer than 2.5 goals, while the same can be said for six out of United’s ten away games.
Meanwhile, five of the last ten Arsenal v Manchester United fixtures have had under three goals.
Another game with under 2.5 goals is priced at 19/20 but given the chances of a draw, a better bet could be on 1-1 in the correct score market at 21/4.
Coincidently, this has been the result in two of the last league games at the Emirates.
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