Arsenal vs Manchester United betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Arsenal vs Manchester United prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

It’s not been the fairytale managerial start Mikel Arteta might’ve hoped for, and the Spaniard will be desperate to pick up his first win in charge.

Arsenal have lost four consecutive league matches at home for the first time since December 1959.

Manchester United’s relatively strong finish to 2019 means they’re just four points outside of the top four.

Arsenal vs Manchester United: Who will win?

The Gunners have won just one of their last 15 matches in all competitions. United, meanwhile, have won six of their last eight. Manchester United are marginal favourites to win the match at 31/20. Arsenal are 8/5 to win the match while the draw is priced at 13/5.

There have been at least three goals scored in each of the last five matches at the Emirates. Bet on over 2.5 goals at 8/13.

Anthony Martial has scored four goals in his last four appearances, taking his goal tally for the season to 10. Martial is 11/2 to open the scoring and 6/4 to score anytime.

Arsenal vs Manchester United Premier League match preview

Free-falling Arsenal host their old rivals Manchester United at the Emirates on New Year’s Day.

Arsenal’s disastrous run of form continued on Sunday as they were beaten 2-1 at home by London rivals Chelsea. Despite the result, there were plenty of positives for Arsenal to take from their first-half performance. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 14th league goal of the season gave Arsenal a narrow half-time lead.

The home side struggled to keep up their intensity in the second half which allowed Chelsea back into the game. An uncharacteristic howler from Bernd Leno gifted Jorginho an equalising goal. Arsenal can count themselves hard done by as Jorginho should’ve been sent off moments before scoring. Minutes later Tammy Abraham finished off a quick counter-attack to win the game.

2019 was a bad year for Arsenal, they picked up just 56 points in the league – their worst points return in a calendar year since 1976. The Gunners begin the new year in 12th position, with their hopes of even a Europa League finish fading very quickly. Their winless streak of six home league matches is their worst since 1995.

Manchester United head to The Emirates with momentum

Manchester United are up to fifth following Saturday’s 2-0 win at Burnley. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford scored as the Red Devils kept their first away clean sheet in the league since February.

In recent years it has been Arsenal’s away form that has let them down but this season they’re struggling just as much at home. Only five teams have picked up fewer points at home than Arsenal’s 13. Manchester United have won three and have drawn three of their 10 matches on the road.

Arsenal held United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in Matchweek 7 in September. Scott McTominay’s long-range strike gave United the lead on the stroke of half-time. Aubameyang equalised in somewhat controversial circumstances with the linesman incorrectly raising his flag for offside during play.

Arsenal and Manchester United have faced each other 55 times in the Premier League. United have won 24 of those matches, losing 14 and drawing 17. Last season’s corresponding fixture at the Emirates ended in a 2-0 win for the Gunners. Granit Xhaka’s deflected shot opened the scoring before Aubameyang’s penalty secured the three points for Unai Emery’s side.

Arsenal team news vs Manchester United

Mikel Arteta could be without six first-team defenders on Wednesday.

With Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac both sidelined, teenage winger Bukayo Saka could be handed another start at left-back. Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue at right-back as Hector Bellerin is still out injured.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was forced to miss out against Chelsea as per the Premier League’s concussion protocols following his head injury against Bournemouth. Shkodran Mustafi could be set for a rare Premier League start after Calum Chambers picked up a knee injury against Chelsea.

Illness was the official reason given for Granit Xhaka’s absence on Saturday, but rumours of a move to Hertha Berlin continue to surround the Swiss midfielder. It’s unclear whether he will be involved on Wednesday.

Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding are back in full training and face late fitness tests. Gabriel Martinelli missed out against Chelsea with a hamstring injury and could also be involved.

Nicolas Pepe could replace Reiss Nelson, who has started both of Arteta’s first two matches.

Manchester United team news vs Arsenal

Having made his comeback from injury on Boxing Day, Paul Pogba was rested entirely against Burnley. The World Cup winner is expected to start on Wednesday.

Luke Shaw will battle it out with teenager Brandon Williams for the left-back berth.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was an unused substitute and should replace Ashley Young at right-back.

Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata were also unused substitutes at Burnley and could benefit from any rotation.

Jesse Lingard is another option for Solskjaer to consider. Lingard had a terrible 2019 but has a good personal record at the Emirates.

New Year’s Eve update: Paul Pogba has not travelled to London with the Manchester United squad. It remains possible that Pogba travels later but all signs point to the Frenchman missing this Arsenal fixture. Leaving Manchester United quite short of central midfielders.

Wednesday’s game comes too soon for Eric Bailly who has only just returned to training. Joining him on the sidelines are injured quartet Scott McTominay, Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Back Arsenal at 11/1 or Manchester United at 15/1!