The Gunners’ 3-2 defeat at Swansea on Sunday leaves Arsene Wenger’s team four points behind Chelsea and ten behind arch-rivals Tottenham, something which means the Europa League is currently on the cards instead.
What a confidence boost Arsenal would get from beating Manchester United, with odds of 9/5 (bet365 bookmakers) available about the home side which seems a large price considering the Red Devils were recently beaten 3-0 at Newcastle.
While Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen are injured for the Gunners, Robin Van Persie remains a constant menace for any opposition defence and the Dutchman can be backed at 5/1 (Coral) to score the first goal of the game. He is likely to be up against Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand at the Emirates.
Manchester United are having an odd season, which could yet see them clinch the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League. Their recent form has been a mixed bag considering they were beaten by Blackburn and Newcastle in successive games, while that 3-2 FA Cup win at Manchester City was not exactly convincing considering the early red card.
The best odds about an away win is 13/8 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) and you do wonder if the attacking play of Nani and Valencia could help to undo the Arsenal defence, even if Wayne Rooney continues to blow hot and cold.
The first port of call for United will be to keep the home supporters quiet before imposing themselves on this game and a 1-0 win in their favour looks the best option on the Correct Score market.