By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 11th December 2018
With Manchester United injury-hit and uninspired and Arsenal coursing with confidence after a derby win stretched their unbeaten run to 19 games, the visitors have a great chance of securing their first win at Old Trafford since a 1-0 success in September 2006.
Man United vs Arsenal: Odds and Predictions
Jose Mourinho’s side are favourites in the match betting at odds of 13/10, despite topping the Premier League injury table, with eight players either out or doubtful for the visit of the north London outfit.
The suspended Ashley Young is definitely a miss, along with Alexis Sanchez, Victor Lindelof and Matteo Darmian, while Luke Shaw and Antonio are major doubts and the availability of Eric Baily, Marcus Rashford and Chris Smalling is far from guaranteed.
At 2/1, Unai Emery’s men are only slight underdogs to record their eighth away win in nine road trips, while the draw is a 5/2 pick and our Man United vs Arsenal predictions are certainly leaning toward the Gunners, despite United having only lost two home games this term.
Man United vs Arsenal head-to-head (most recent first): Man United 2-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-3 Man United, Arsenal 2-0 Man United, Man United 1-1 Arsenal, Man United 3-2 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-0 Man United.
Man United vs Arsenal predictions: correct score, best bet, scorer tips
Correct score prediction: Man Utd 1-2 Arsenal @ 10/1
The first of our Man Utd vs Arsenal predictions trades on the calling card the visitors have been leaving at all of their Premier League ports of call this season, namely at least two goals in the back of the hosts’ net.
Dour as United have been in 2018/19, they still represent the second best side the Gunners have travelled to in divisional action this term after Chelsea.
Yet, the inconsistency engendered by Mourinho’s constantly rearranging rearguard offers hope the goal-hungry visiting attack can become the fourth side to register at least twice at the Theatre of Dreams since the start of the campaign.
Top-flight clean sheets, especially those achieved away from home, remain a rarity under the new regime and Huddersfield remain the only side blanked by the Gunners on home turf in 2018.
Best bet: Arsenal Draw no Bet @ 6/5
At accumulator-friendly odds, the second of our Man Utd vs Arsenal predictions protects the pocket against United’s enduring knack of overcoming their own poor performances to claim points.
The Gunners took their resurgence up a notch with the way they disposed of a spirited Spurs side last time out and the Lilywhites won 3-0 at Old Trafford earlier this season.
Against hosts that were forced to come back from 2-0 down just to draw with Southampton at the weekend, the win must be both the aim and a realistic possibility.
Goalscorer predictions: Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to score first @ 11/2
Our Arsenal vs Tottenham preview was wrong to doubt whether the former Borussia Dortmund man could continue what was then his record of bagging with his previous eight shots on target – each of his last 10 have now found the net.
Aubameyang’s brace against Tottenham put him two goals ahead in the race to land the Premier League top goalscorer odds, yet he remains half a point behind teammate Alexandre Lacazette in the first scorer betting here.
Man Utd vs Arsenal: stats
- Manchester United have conceded 23 goals in their 14 league games this season; it wasn’t until their 30th Premier League game of 2017-18 that they conceded their 23rd goal last term.
- This is the first time United have hosted Arsenal in a midweek top-flight match since May 2002, when the Gunners won 1-0 to clinch the title thanks to a Sylvain Wiltord strike.
- Emery’s visitors have won four of their six away Premier League games this season (D1 L1) – as many as they had in 19 on the road last term (W4 D4 L11).
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.