Arsenal v Manchester United Premier League Betting Tips
One of English football’s most heated rivalries is reignited as Manchester United travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned his United team around and they now look favourites for the top 4, knocking Arsenal into 5th place. Unai Emery has tried to maintain Arsenal’s strong start to the season, but with the Europa League now a real possibility for Champions League qualification, it will be interesting to see where his priorities lie.
Arsenal - 13/10* To Win
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In the first of 2 consecutive derbies for Arsenal, the North London Derby ended 1-1 at Wembley. Arsenal started off the stronger side and deservedly took the lead after 16 minutes. In his final North London Derby before his move to Juventus, Aaron Ramsey rounded Hugo Lloris and finished into an empty net. Arsenal failed to get a serious foothold in the game however and allowed Spurs to take control. After going into the break 1-0 down, Tottenham continued to push and were eventually awarded a controversial penalty. Harry Kane was in an offside position from Christian Eriksen’s free kick, but was arguably not interfering with play when fouled. The incident has called for a complete rethink of the offside rule as well as another argument for the permanent introduction of VAR. Harry Kane didn’t care whether it was a foul or not, he happily took and dispatched the penalty for his second goal since his comeback. There was more drama late on as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty after being fouled by Davinson Sanchez. The Gabon international fired a poor penalty to Lloris’s right which was easily saved. The draw keeps Arsenal in 5th on 57 points, 1 point behind Manchester United.
Manchester United - 21/10* To Win
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Manchester United came from behind to win 3-2 against Southampton at Old Trafford last weekend. Southampton took a surprising lead after Yan Valery unleashed a rocket into the top corner from 30 yards, his first goal for Southampton. The Saints preserved their lead into the second half before Andreas Pereira scored a beauty and then set up Romelu Lukaku in quick succession. With 15 minutes remaining, Southampton were awarded a foul 5 yards outside the box. James Ward Prowse stepped up and curled his effort into the top corner, the 3rd goal to be scored from outside the box during the match. Despite the setback, United continued to press and were rewarded for their attacking efforts with an 88th minute winner. Lukaku’s first time effort from 20 yards caught Alex McCarthy off guard, who couldn’t reach the bottom corner. With seconds remaining, United had the perfect opportunity to make it 4-2, but Paul Pogba saw his penalty saved. United’s win took them into the top 4, now just 3 points behind Spurs in 3rd.
The Biggest Moments of the Arsenal v Manchester United Rivalry
When Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal, it started a rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United that would see them become the two best sides in England. Although there are plenty of matches to choose from, there are 3 matches that stick out in Bet UK’s mind. The first is in 2003, during the ‘Battle of Old Trafford’. The sides met at the end of September and although it was a hard fought game, it is remembered for its final minutes. United were awarded a penalty in the last minute, which Ruud Van Nistelrooy hammered off the bar. Martin Keown immediately ran up to Van Nistelrooy and celebrated in his face, prompting a brawl as the referee blew his final whistle.
In 2005, the club captains couldn’t even wait until they got on the pitch before they started fighting. In the tunnel before the match, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira got into an argument that threatened to derail the game before it had even started. Vieira called out Gary Neville on challenges he made in the previous fixture, before Roy Keane stepped in and told Vieira to ‘pick on someone his own size’. After some more back and forth, Keane uttered the now infamous line - ‘See you out on the pitch’.
More recently, Sir Alex Ferguson inflicted the biggest defeat of Arsene Wenger’s career in a 8-2 win at Old Trafford. Just 3 games into the 2011/12 season, Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford for an afternoon they’d rather forget. United raced into a 3-0 lead, before a late consolation before the break from Theo Walcott. In the second half, Wayne Rooney completed a set piece hattrick and Carl Jenkinson was sent off as United ran riot. A young Arsenal team featuring Francis Coquelin, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey couldn’t handle United; attacking line and suffered the largest defeat in the history of this fixture. One thing that is always consistent between Man United and Arsenal is cards. This weekend, over 4.5 Bookings is 20/21* at Bet UK’s online betting.
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Just a few weeks ago, we saw Man United win 3-1 at the Emirates in the FA Cup and I fully expect a similar result this time around. Arsenal do show signs of improvement but United are a different beast under Solskjaer.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.