Aaron Ramsey’s resurgence to form has been one of the stories of the season and 11/1 first goalscorer odds about a player who has scored 11 times this campaign have to be backed when Arsenal travel to Manchester United.
This high-stakes clash is generating huge betting interest with the hosts 5/4 to win their third straight Premier League game while the league leaders can be backed at 2/1 and the draw priced up as a 12/5 poke.
Aaron Ramsey has scored six goals and provided three assists in his last seven Premier League appearances.
When analysing any positive Arsenal result, it’s difficult not to allow the talents of Ramsey to enter calculations considering his lethal start to the campaign.
His progression from being barely able to pass to a teammate last term to one of the hottest players currently in world football is a testament to himself and Arsene Wenger’s ability to bring the best out of an individual.
When the ball gets played to him in and around the penalty area, more often than not, the ball has ended up in the back of the net, therefore it would be an idiot tactic not to lay down the reddies on the Welshman scoring first at 11/1.
United have a habit of conceding goals to attacking midfielders in the mould of Ramsey.
One of the areas that Red Devils boss David Moyes has yet to really get to grips of is the defensive midfielder role in United’s set up.
Michael Carrick’s form has dropped, Marouane Fellaini looks all at sea and it’s pretty obvious Phil Jones is a centre-half playing out of position when tasked with protecting the back four.
Uncharacteristically for a United team, opposition players running from deep have prospered to maximum effect against this weak core through the middle.
Adam Lallana, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Morgan Amalfitano have all found a way to the onion bag this season and Ramsey should be able to join that list.
Arsenal have scored in every game this season and are averaging 2.2 goals per game on the road.
United have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League matches and come up against a Ramsey-focused attack that are dining out on poor defending this season.
Given all the evidence, not only should punters be lapping up the 10/1 for Ramsey to bang one in first, the 11/1 about the marauding midfielder scoring at any time in an Arsenal win looks dripping with value.