One of the biggest grudge matches in football will take place this weekend as Manchester United make the trip to London to take on Arsenal.
Even with both sides currently outside of the top four there is an air of excitement around the fixture and both sides are desperate to win.
The draw, a result that has happened on United’s last two visits to the Emirates, is also on at 12/5 but Ladbrokes News is highlighting three reasons that suggest the away win is the way to go.
1) Arsenal’s own injury problems
United may well be without the likes of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick and Radamel Falcao but the Gunners have injury concerns of their own with Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby all likely to miss out.
It is the first two absentees that will hit Arsenal hardest and with the hosts likely to field a back four of Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertersacker, Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal United’s available attackers – Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney – will fancy their chances.
2) Wayne Rooney’s form
Much of the talk over the international break was about Danny Welbeck and how he could come back to haunt United, however Wayne Rooney showed against Scotland that he is still the main man for England.
His brace against the Scots made it seven goals in nine games for club and country and the confidence he will take from closing in on Bobby Charlton’s Three Lions record could give him just the boost he needs to make the difference in the capital.
3) United’s recent record against the Gunners
United were woeful under David Moyes last year, with everyone filling their boots against the Red Devils … everyone that is except Arsenal.
The Old Trafford outfit managed to take four points from Arsene Wenger’s men last year and have now gone six games without defeat against the Gunners.
United have won four of the last six meetings and with the game likely to be a high scoring affair United’s firepower could just tell once again.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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