Man United to beat Arsenal by a goal has much history onside

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Arsenal may have forged a five-point gap at the Premier League apex, but their recent record when visiting Old Trafford in the top-flight is a tale of woe, as the Gunners have lost the last four straight.

The 8-2 stuffing which Manchester United handed out to Arsenal two seasons ago is highly unlikely to happen again in a hurry, especially in the early throws of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Nevertheless, while the scoreline that day can be categorised as a cataclysmic anomaly between these great rivals, the end result was very much in keeping with the pattern of this fixture of late.

Taking into account last season’s fruitless visit, where the Red Devils prevailed 2-1 in a typically ill-tempered affair, that made it four consecutive losses for Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford.

Of course, the current formbook cannot be discarded, but you have to go back to 2006 for the last time a visiting Arsenal side made off with the spoils – which on its own could nudge punters toward the 6/5 on offer for a home win in this televised tussle.

However, those in search of a little more punting pizzazz may consider another interesting streak.

Discarding that epic tonking two seasons back, previous contests have stuck to far more orthodox-looking scorlines.

United have won three of the last four and four of the last six by a single-goal margin and this bet can be snaffled up for a princely 31/10.

It’s also worth pointing out that Man Utd have been leading both at the break and the final whistle in the last three renewals, so 11/5 on this eventuality looks another price capable of inducing a Sunday afternoon smile.

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