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Craig Porter 1st Dec 2017 - 11:43

Arsenal v Man Utd: Myth-busting Gunners have Red Devils in their crosshairs

Arsenal's storied shortcomings against elite rivals have long been regarded as a key factor behind their 13-year Premier League title drought, but recent results suggest this particular weakness isn't as prevalent as some would have you believe.

The Gunners host Manchester United next, with odds of 6/4 making them favourites for this heavyweight bout. Still, those odds are very much worth entertaining, despite the visitors not being far behind at 2/1, and the draw a 9/4 shout.

At the Emirates, Arsenal have won 12 Premier League matches in a row, their latest victory a 5-0 decimation of Huddersfield. This was the fourth clean sheet they've recorded in five top-flight home games, while Petr Cech's net has been rustled just once since Leicester City struck three on the opening weekend.

Across this 12-game homestead hot streak, Arsene Wenger's men have prevented nine adversaries from scoring, arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Man Utd among them.

This brings us on to Arsenal's improving record against their 'big six' brethren. Their previous 10 meetings with such foes across all competitions have yielded just three defeats, all of which came on their travels.

As for United, they're yet to beat one of their elite rivals on the road under Jose Mourinho, failing to win eight trips across all comps (five of which they lost) and drawing blanks on seven instances.

Dating back to his second stint in charge of Chelsea, the Portuguese is winless in 13 away games against the Premier League's finest; his teams are scoreless in 10 across this dismal run. Including a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the 2015/16 Community Shield, played on neutral turf, worsens both stats by one.

Indeed, Mourinho's dominance over his Arsenal counterpart is as well documented as the Gunners' struggles against their would-be title rivals, but recent showings suggest this record is beginning to creak too.

Wenger scored four points from two meetings with his nemesis last term, while the north Londoners lost only one of three tussles with the United boss' Chelsea team, keeping two clean sheets along the way.

All of this evidence points to a home win, with victory for the hosts coupled with a clean sheet paying at 16/5, while an Arsenal triumph and under 2.5 goals is on offer at 4/1.



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