Big Game Focus: Manchester United v Arsenal


Manchester United welcome rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday in a huge Premier League showdown. A few years ago, this fixture was a staple in Premier League calendar and the title would be fought between the two. Nowadays, it’s been reduced to a battle for who will finish in the top four. Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford in the league since 2006. Can that change on Monday? Here’s the Big game Focus with some betting tips. Bet on the Premier League here. 

United are in a crisis at the moment. They’re already out of the title race and have lost twice in their six league games this season. However, the Red Devils have dominated Arsenal at Old Trafford in the league. Unai Emery’s side have not tasted victory there in 13 years. The likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial could be available after missing the last few games. Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men bounce back?

Ten-man Arsenal produced a stunning comeback to beat Aston Villa 3-2 last weekend. However, questions still linger about Arsenal performances this season. Emery has come under a lot of criticism for the team’s unconvincing performances. The Gunners failed to beat any of the top six sides away from the Emirates last season. Can they end this jinx against a heavy-footed United side?

Betting preview

The Gunners haven’t won at Old Trafford in the league since 2006. United have also beaten Arsenal three times in their last five meetings. Since winning 2-0 at Manchester City in 2015, the Gunners’ record reads, lost 14, drawn eight and won none in 22 games accumulating eight points from a possible 66. For that reason, backing a Home Win with the security of a Draw No Bet looks good at odds of 1.65.

Both teams have scored in this fixture in four of the last five meetings. Arsenal have conceded in four of their last six matches in all competitions while the hosts have kept just two clean sheets in their last six matches in all competitions. Therefore, you can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.50.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored two goals in four appearances against United. The Gabon international is also in red hot form. He has scored seven goals in seven appearances this season, with six of those goals coming in the Premier League. You can back Pierre Emerick Aubameyang as Anytime Goalscorer at odds of…….

Team news

United have been ravaged with injuries this season with Marcus Rashford the latest casualty. However, Pogba and Martial could be ready to face Arsenal.

Long-term absentees Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin have been building their fitness with appearances in the League Cup and in the Under-23s and could play a part on Monday. Alexandre Lacazette will miss out due to an ankle injury.

Possible line-ups

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Pogba, Fred, Lingard, James, Martial

Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Saka, Pepe, Ambameyang