There could be goals galore in North London on Saturday evening, however the visitors are the ones likely to be pointless at the final whistle.
Manchester United are struggling with an injury crisis at the moment and that could well prove their undoing at the Emirates on Saturday.
Louis van Gaal has needed to deal with a few injuries since his arrival at Old Trafford and things have just got worse this week with Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, David De Gea and Daley Blind all suffering injuries in their international duties last weekend.
De Gea and Shaw may return to action in this match, however Blind looks set to be out for six weeks and joins a growing list of injuries which includes Rafael, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, Radamel Falcao, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. With the addition of Di Maria this adds up to a huge loss for the visitors on this occasion.
The Gunners have numerous injury concerns of their own with Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud all absent for this match.
Nevertheless, the hosts have firepower in huge abundance and United will be hard pushed to stop the Gunners from scoring in this clash with Tyler Blackett, Chris Smalling and Paddy McNair certain to struggle for the ninety minutes.
Danny Welbeck is in top form for England of late and following his two goals against Slovenia last weekend he will be eager to get on the scoresheet once again at the Emirates, Bet365 offering 5/1 for Welbeck to break the deadlock and 11/8 up for grabs at Sky Bet should he score anytime.
The hosts are 5/4 at Betfred to beat Man United, these odds fairly certain to fall as the match approaches. The Gunners will be fancied to triumph in this match, however worries remain as to how they have thrown away leads in recent outings such as those against Swansea and Anderlecht, matches where the Arsenal defence capitulated.
Should Van Persie and Rooney be at their best on Saturday, United could be in with a chance of points at the Emirates, with an away win available at odds of 12/5 with BetVictor. Both teams getting on the scoresheet looks a rather safe bet and is up for grabs at 13/20 with Ladbrokes, over 2.5 goals looking backable at 31/40 with BetVictor, the Red Devils being involved in more than that amount in half of their last six games and all but one of Arsenal’s six matches containing in excess of 2.5 goals.
Perhaps we should look a bit higher and as such, we’re backing over 3.5 goals at 2/1 with William Hill. We expect United to concede at least twice and Arsenal are also less than solid at the back so the visitors will likely get onto the scoresheet.
Our betting tips
Over 3.5 goals – William Hill 2/1