Arsenal face Manchester United as battle for Champions League qualification intensifies

Arsenal face Manchester United as battle for Champions League qualification intensifies

Manchester United have won every away game since Solskjaer took charge and only Tottenham and Liverpool have picked up more points on the road, which suggests the game on Sunday could be close.

Arguably Arsenal’s worst home performance of the season against Wolves came after a Europa League tie, while they were also beaten 3-2 by Southampton just three days after playing in European competition in December.

It’s also makes interesting reading to look at Arsenal’s leagues performances the weekend after midweek fixtures. Since October 25th, Arsenal have won just four of their 11 Premier League games at the weekend after playing in midweek, with three of the wins coming against Huddersfield, Burnley and Southampton.

With Emery having used a full-strength side in Rennes on Thursday and his players forced to cope with just ten men in the second half, there could be plenty of Arsenal players fighting fatigue.

Arsenal will be boosted by the return to the starting line-up of Alexandre Lacazette, who is seeking to become the first Arsenal player since Thierry Henry in 2004 to score in six consecutive home league matches, and are 13/10 favourites to win the game, but that price is far from tempting given those recent statistics.

There will be plenty of punters willing to back Manchester United at 2/1 to continue their remarkable run of form and they will be buoyed by the return of Paul Pogba, but enthusiasm is tempered by their continual injury problems.

It could, therefore, be well worth backing this game to end in a draw at 5/2, while Arsenal have scored in every home game bar the one against Manchester City and Manchester United have scored in every away game, which suggests it might be worth backing 1-1 and 2-2 at 6/1 and 12/1 respectively.

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