Manchester United v Arsenal: Gunners Look to Bounce Back from European Disappointment
It’s been a strange few days for Arsenal: Following the announcement that Arsene Wenger would be leaving the club in the summer, the Gunners responded in fine style with an emphatic win over West Ham United last Sunday.
On Thursday night, it seemed as though Wenger’s side would be taking a small, but useful lead back to Spain in their Europa League semi final but a late goal from 10-man Atletico Madrid made it a disappointing night overall.
While Arsenal have experienced a mixed few weeks, Manchester United have been progressing quite serenely in the league and FA Cup but while the home side are clear favourites for Sunday’s game, the visitors can cause an upset if they can put midweek disappointment behind them.
United are some way in front at the head of the market and the best odds on Jose Mourinho’s men currently stand at 47/100 with MarathonBet. The draw follows on at 19/5 with Unibet while a win for Arsenal is available at 29/4 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa.
It’s an old cliché in football but with Arsenal, you never really know which side is going to turn up. They are capable of beating any team on their day and they still have plenty to play for here as they are not completely out of the running for Champions League places. The draw looks tempting and it offers good value too at that 19/5 price but before we commit to a verdict, let’s take a look at the players who can decide the destiny of this fixture.
Individual Goal Scorers
The first goalscorer market is a relatively tight one but United’s Romelu Lukaku starts as the favourite to find the net first at 37/10 with Sport Pesa. Manchester United players dominate the head of this market with former Gunner Alexis Sanchez leading a clutch of options at the same 5/1 price. Alexis can be backed at that figure with Boylesports while Anthony Martial is at 5/1 with Unibet and Marcus Rashford at the same 5/1 with William Hill.
Jesse Lingard sneaks in at 11/2 with Boylesports and then we come to Arsenal’s representatives. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his Premier League debut against Everton and has been a threat since so he will attract interest at a best of 7/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.
Elsewhere, Alexandre Lacazette is a man in form and available at best odds of 19/2 with Unibet and 888Sport to open the scoring while options from midfield include United’s Juan Mata and Paul Pogba at the same top price of 10/1 with Sport Pesa or Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey at an excellent 18/1 with Sport Pesa again.
We mentioned Lacazette’s form and after a slow start to his Arsenal career, the French striker is fit and seemingly boosted by the new faces introduced in January. We’re looking at Lacazette to find the net but prefer the relatively safety of the anytime market where he is listed at a best of 18/5 with 888Sport to score in 90 minutes.
Other Side Bets
The indicators for Both Teams to Score are good for this game: When the sides met at the Emirates in December, Manchester United came away with a 3-1 win and recent overall form shows that only one of the last ten combined matches has seen either side draw a blank.
BTTS is available for this one at a decent best price of 19/20 with SportingBet and we think that will land. We feel it will be a fairly low scoring game however so Under 2.5 goals is also an option at 3/4 but of those two picks, BTTS is safer and comes with a better price.
You may have deduced from those two suggestions that we’ve opted for a low scoring draw so you could also look at a Correct Score of 1-1 – assuming you agree with our assessment – which is quoted at 81/10 with 188Bet.
Both teams have plenty to aim for and at this late stage in the season, neither will want to lose it. We could therefore see a far less open game than we witnessed in December and a subdued share of the points is our predicted outcome for Sunday’s match.
- The draw at 19/5 with Unibet
- Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime at 18/5 with 888Sport
- Both Teams to Score at 19/20