United beat the Gunners 8-2 in the same fixture last season and have Robin van Persie on their side this time around, while Arsene Wenger will have some key decisions to make following his team’s dramatic 7-5 win at Reading on Tuesday.
Rafael is the only player likely to retain his place against the Gunners and Manchester United are available at 7/10 (BetVictor free bets) to claim three points which would make them Premier League leaders for a few hours at least.
There are plenty of reasons to fancy a home win at Old Trafford, with United averaging nearly three goals per game at the moment and Robin van Persie won’t be feeling too sentimental about facing his former team, with the Dutchman available at a best price 9/2 (William Hill bookmaker) to break the deadlock.
There’s an inevitability about RVP scoring against his former club and the striker is already into double figures for the season, with Boylesports taking a chance with their 5/4 quote about him netting at any stage of the game.
As for Arsenal, they have had a string of mixed results since the season began and we shouldn’t read too much into the game at the Madejski Stadium where Wenger made a hatful of changes.
The Frenchman will be determined that his side put up a stern defence against a free-scoring United team and they have lost just one of their five Premier League away games this season, with odds of 9/2 available that the Gunners win at Old Trafford.
Theo Walcott certainly impressed against Reading and might have done enough to earn a place in the team while Jack Wilshere adds some class to a midfield already boasting Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta although you can’t help feel Arsenal are there for the taking.