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Football betting preview: Manchester United v Arsenal

18/2/2016
Louis van Gaal will be hoping that his team’s wounds have healed before their home game against Arsenal next weekend.

Manchester United fans were left heartbroken before Valentine’s Day after their 2-1 loss to Sunderland, while their side also missed out on three points prior to this when Diego Costa equalised in stoppage time for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Red Devils remain in fifth position, but Van Gaal and players know all too well that this has been an unconvincing season, with the team losing a number of home and away games to underdogs.

The Gunners on the other hand fired two goals past Leicester City in a 2-1 victory at the Emirates, a crucial game which will play an important role come May when the champions are crowned.

Arsenals have not won the Premier League since 2004, however this may fuel their hunger in the upcoming fixtures.

United striker Wayne Rooney has been ruled out for two months having suffered a knee injury, while Matteo Darmian is likely to miss the match at Old Trafford after sustaining a shoulder injury against Sunderland.

Bastian Schweinsteiger remains on holiday, while Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo are making slow recoveries back to fitness.

Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs may return on time, having picked up a light injury, while fellow defender Gabriel pulled a hamstringing a few weeks ago and he too is likely to miss the game.

Midfielders Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky will both miss the big clash against United.

Without Rooney at hand to cause a nuisance to the opposition defence, it is up to youngsters such as Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay to step up to the big occasion.

A United win comes at best odds of 2/1, courtesy of BetVictor.

After back to back wins, the smart money may lie with the Gunners.

If top scorer Olivier Giroud and Chilean winger Alex Sanchez are on form then they are likely to create chances.

An Arsenal win comes at best odds of 9/5 with SkyBet.

Edward Obeng
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