Arsenal might have received a mid-week boost in making it through the group stages of the Champions League, but a chronic player shortage means they are unlikely to follow this success up with a win at Old Trafford today.
Manchester United are 9/20 favourites to win the game in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with Arsenal big outsiders at 6/1 and a draw priced at 16/5.
The Gunners’ chances have been hit by the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri this transfer window and the inability of the club to bring in replacements for either player.
Not only this, but they are also without Alex Song, Gervinho and Emmanuel Frimpong through suspension and Jack Wilshere because of injury.
With doubts also surrounding the availability of Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna, Arsenal are down to the bare bones and unlikely to be able to compete with a vibrant Man Utd team already firing on all cylinders.
They remain comfortable in possession, but Arsene Wenger’s side have looked vulnerable defensively and with United putting three past Tottenham in their opening league game this term, the Red Devils may even have enough to beat their old rivals with a 1-0 handicap working against them.
Man Utd are 6/5 to beat Arsenal by two clear goals and 3/1 to beat them with a three-goal cushion.
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If anyone can exploit Arsenal’s defensive weakness it is likely to be Wayne Rooney, who has scored three goals in his last five appearances against the Gunners.
With this in mind, a wager on the England striker to score the first goal at Old Trafford could pay off at odds of 7/2.
Punters could also bet on Arsenal’s disciplinary problems to continue.
With red cards in their first two league games of the season, Arsenal look enticing prospects at 4/1 to receive the first red of the match.
However, in such a weakened state it could be that another suspension is the only thing they come away with from the match.
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