Bet365 Bookmaker Latest Betting Odds: Arsenal 19/10, draw 12/5, Man Utd 13/8
The 28th August 2011 is a day both Arsenal and Manchester United fans will never forget – for rather contrasting reasons.
United ran out 8-2 winners that day which caused shockwaves around the world of football. Was Arsène Wenger finished at Arsenal and was this the greatest United team that have ever lived?
Well, nearly five months on and you can safely say the answer is a resounding no to both of those aforementioned questions.
Wenger has steadied the sinking Arsenal ship and has steered them to just four points away from a Champions League qualification spot while the Red Devils have rather stuttered their way through the campaign but still are right in the hunt for the Premier League title, just three points behind Manchester City.
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This match should be a lot closer that the last time the two sides met and the current prices on offer represent that theory. United are slight favourites (13/8 Paddy Power) and have a superb record against the Gunners, winning seven and losing only one of their last nine matches in all competitions.
At home though Arsenal do relish playing the Premier League holders, winning three and losing only one of the five league meetings and are 19/10 (Coral) to continue their fruitful record. The draw is a 12/5 (Victor Chandler) shot.
Arsenal are renowned for their sloppiness in defence and Wenger’s refusal to spend any significant money on a new centre-back has caused much topic for debate within the Arsenal supporter ranks. These defensive lapses have played a bit part in the Gunners dropping eight points from winning positions in their last four Premier League matches.
Ladbrokes and William Hill have installed an intriguing market on that subject, making Manchester United 9/2 to come from behind in the match and get a win or a draw.
Thierry Henry’s arrival back at the Emirates has made global headlines over the past two weeks and if he plays on Sunday, United will need to be wary of him as he’s scored seven goals in eight home appearances against them.
Henry rates as an 8/1 (Bwin) chance to open the scoring, the same price to notch the last goal and 9/4 (Ladbrokes) on him scoring anytime.