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Manchester United look a good price as they travel to the capital to take on Arsenal. United haven’t had the strongest season so far but they still find themselves in 5th place and in touching distance of the top four. It’s a totally different story for Arsenal who are in the bottom half of the Premier League heading into the New Year.
Arsenal’s current form is terrible, they have only picked up one win in their last 12 league matches. They haven’t won at the Emirates since October and they have lost their last three at home in succession. After a shaky start to the season, Man United have seriously improved, having only lost once in their last nine outings in the Premier League.
Over 2.5 goals is a selection which looks good because there has been many goals scored at the Emirates with this selection winning in eight out of ten matches so far this season. Arsenal have conceded at least twice in five of their last six at home, so Manchester United will be arriving looking to target this weakness. I fancy them to grab a couple, but I also believe Arsenal will find their way onto the scoresheet and it will be a high-scoring game.
Arsenal have played ten home matches so far this season and they have conceded in all but one of them. They have been conceding to sides, who with all due respect, aren’t the most dangerous. Each of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Brighton have managed to find at least a couple of goals on their visit to the Emirates.
In fairness, away from their terrible defensive record, the Gunners nearly always find a way to score at home. Arsenal have only failed to score in one of their last 28 home league matches, and that came recently against Man City earlier this month.
This could end up being a tough evening for Arsenal’s holding midfielder Lucas Torreira. He has booked in each of his last two outings, and I think there’s a high chance he could make that three matches in succession on New Year’s Day.
Coming up against the pace and trickery of Martial, James and Rashford, it seems very likely that he will find himself in trouble at some stage of the match.
Marcus Rashford is the man I fancy to score at anytime during the match, and I think he’s pretty good value at above evens coming up against that mediocre Arsenal defence. Rashford has scored 12 league goals in 20 appearances, he is the Premier League’s third top goal scorer, trailing just Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.