Buoyant Arsenal to add to Moyes’ Manchester misery
There were plenty of boos ringing around Old Trafford prior to the two late goals that salvaged three points against Stoke, and Arsenal should be backed at 9/4 to get the home crowd crying into their prawn sandwiches yet again.
Arsene Wenger’s team are, for the first time in years, legitimate title contenders and their midweek win over Borussia Dortmund was another example of their unwillingness to be cowed by the big occasion.
Bet on Arsenal to win at 9/4
The Gunners have played two teams in the top half of the table so far this season and won both matches, whereas United have really struggled, drawing two and losing two against those in the top ten league places.
Although it’s a small sample, comparing it to 2012/13 when United lost just four all season against the big teams, and you can see where the “must win game” cliché derives from.
That is where United are failing this season, but Moyes does know how to remedy the situation; after the 2011/12 season where Everton lost nine games against top half sides, the following season they then just lost four.
However that will all take time and there has been a ridiculous undercurrent of discontent on the red side of Manchester ever since Moyes was appointed.
He may not have helped the situation by appearing at his press conferences looking and talking like a kid in a sweetshop, but the pressure is definitely still on the “wrong Scot”.
A draw at home to Chelsea, and away defeats to Liverpool and Man City are the key moments of the season to date rather than the sloppy home defeat to West Brom, and a buoyant Arsenal can take advantage.
Bet on Aaron Ramsey to score anytime at 11/4
Wenger’s side are unbeaten in their last fifteen away games in all competitions and that has not been achieved by dour draws – they’ve scored in each of their last 22 matches.
Interestingly it was Moyes’ Everton who were the last to stifle The Gunners in April, but Arsenal look likely to find the net once again.
The absence of Jack Wilshire through injury has not weakened the team, as Aaron Ramsey and, in particular, Santi Cazorla, have both been tremendous in recent performances.
Bet on Van Persie to score first at 9/2
Ramsey’s goal threat from midfield, where he has an amazing 11 goals from 17 appearance in all competitions, speaks for itself and the Welshman is 11/4 to score anytime in Sunday’s game.
Robin Van Persie missed a penalty against Sociedad in the Champions League but the Dutchman loves this fixture – he has scored in the last four meetings betwwen the two sides (for both teams) – and he is 9/2 to score first.
It should be pointed out that United haven’t lost a home league fixture to Arsenal for 11 years, however their dominance came under Sir Alex Ferguson and, so far at least, it is evident that David Moyes is unable to inspire his side in the same way for these key matches.
Arsenal to beat Man Utd at 9/4