Get top price on first scorers for Man United’s Arsenal trip

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Ahead of Manchester United’s much anticipated trip to north London we have already laid down the reasons why their trio of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata will be eagerly awaiting kick-off, having enjoyed fruitful careers against the Gunners to date.

However, the news is also music to the ears of Ladbrokes customers, as the firm go best price on all first scorers between now and kick off.

It means that strikers of the quality of Van Persie and Rooney can be snapped up at a mind-boggling price of 6/1 and 8/1 respectively to score the game’s first goal, while Arsenal’s leading candidates are Olivier Giroud, also 6/1, Lukas Podolski (15/2) and Nicklas Bendtner at 8s.

Mesut Ozil probably owes Arsenal a star turn after his recent fall in form, culminating in the former Real Madrid man being left out of our Arsenal and Manchester United combined XI, and he headlines a trio of goalscoring midfielders whose price won’t be beaten.

The German string puller is 12/1 to score first, a price shared with Mata, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was at the double against Crystal Palace recently, is a 14/1-chance to kick-off proceedings.

It’s not just the first goal scorer market that will be best price between now and the match, as all correct scores will also carry top-price with Ladbrokes.

If you fancy Arsenal to take the points, then why not have a dabble in the correct score market? The Gunners have won seven games 2-0, which is their most frequent scoreline, and it’s 14/1 that they add another to the tally.

3-1 is their next most common result – it’s happened four times – and that is an even bigger 18/1 to be the score tonight.

For United, two scores share the spotlight, each occurring three times this season. They are a 2-0 win (22/1) and 2-2 (14s).

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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