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Manchester United v Arsenal – Gunners’ title charge likely to falter

| 13.12.2010

Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League to average more than two points per away game but, as impressive as victories at Manchester City, Blackburn and Aston Villa are, it’s far more difficult and less out of the ordinary to take three points at Old Trafford.

Match odds

The Gunners are 11/4 despite winning five of their eight on the road but having lost their last five matches against last season’s top two, including a 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October, it’s understandable that Arsene Wenger’s side are considered outsiders.

Manchester United (evens) are comfortably the strongest hosts in the division, picking up 22 points from a possible 24, and they’ve triumphed in four of their last five at home to Arsenal, the one exception being a 0-0 draw in May 2009 when they needed just a point to claim the title.

Arsenal have looked vulnerable at the back recently too and while the north Londoners have survived Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci’s errors against Fulham and Partizan, any mistakes here will be pounced upon by Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney, Nani and co.

Total goals

Surprisingly, given the attacking approaches of both clubs, seven of their last nine league meetings at Old Trafford have had under 2.5 goals, and it’s 5/6 that the latest encounter will follow that trend.

Both of the 2009-10 clashes had three or more though and Manchester United have kept just three clean sheets in their last nine home fixtures, so with Arsenal also leaky, over 2.5 goals at 5/6, both clubs to score at 8/11 and perhaps even over 3.5 goals at 12/5 are all attractive bets.

In term of goalscorers, Arsenal fans fear that this will be the match that Wayne Rooney finally scores from open play in. The former Everton striker has netted eight times against them before, including twice last season, and is 11/10 to score.

The England man is 4/1 to grab the opener, meaning a £10 bet provides a £40 profit. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.