Wojciech Szczesny was the Arsenal hero in Italy on Wednesday night when saving a penalty against Udinese to help the Gunners reach the Champions League group stage and the Pole is likely to be kept busy on Sunday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger’s team travel north to Old Trafford for what is traditionally one of the highlight fixtures of the Premier League season, although Manchester United were comfortable winners in both the league and FA Cup matches last term, with the bookmakers taking no chances with their quote about the Red Devils.
Paddy Power (£100 free bets) are the bravest with their odds of 8/15 that Sir Alex Ferguson’s team continue their 100% start to the season after victories over West Brom and Tottenham, with Rio Ferdinand close to being fit for this clash after making a fast recovery from a hamstring injury.
Ferguson is delighted with the way that young players like Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are acquitting themselves at the moment, with the latter breaking Spurs’ resistance on Monday night and the striker is 13/2 (bet365 – £100 free betting) to get the champions up and running.
Arsenal continue to look for reinforcements after the double departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, with Ladbrokes offering 6/1 that the Gunners pull off an unexpected victory and they might have their chances against a back four missing Nemanja Vidic, especially as the United central midfield might still be missing Darren Fletcher.
Theo Walcott’s pace could cause a few problems for the home defence, while Robin Van Persie opened his account against Udinese this week and the Dutchman will be a tricky customer. That said, Arsenal could be without Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny, with Wayne Rooney having scored in both matches to date.