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Arsenal vs Manchester United Predictions

Published on 3:30pm GMT 3 September 2023

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Both Teams To Score

Reason for tip

Arsenal and Manchester United have seen both teams score in two of their three matches so far and have defensive issues to contend with, but they are still a threat going forward. Manchester United have created the joint-most big chances this season and both teams have scored in each of the last four competitive meetings between these rivals.

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Arsenal 2-1

Reason for tip

Arsenal have scored exactly two goals in both of their home games this season, including a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Manchester United have conceded exactly twice in each of their last two games.

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Bukayo Saka To Score Anytime

Reason for tip

Bukayo Saka has scored in each of his two appearances at the Emirates this season and has found the net in each of his last three appearances against Manchester United.

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Arsenal vs Manchester United Predictions

  • Arsenal have scored exactly two goals in two of their three games this season but have only kept one clean sheet.
  • Manchester United have conceded exactly two goals in their last two matches.
  • Bukayo Saka has scored in his last three appearances against Manchester United.

Shaky start for both teams

Arsenal dropped their first points of the season last weekend as they drew with Fulham and now they face old rivals Manchester United in what could prove a narrative-deciding fixture for the opening portion of the season.

Neither side has looked at their best so far this term but, with both winning two of their three games so far, it’s far from a disaster and victory on Sunday would put them back on the right path heading into the international break.

Defensive issues make headlines

Defensively, both teams have significant issues to deal with. Arsenal lost new signing Jurrien Timber to injury on his debut and have conceded three goals in three games so far, while Manchester United are without Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane and looked dreadful at the back even before their injuries.

However, Erik ten Hag’s side are showing promise going forward. Only Brighton, Aston Villa and Manchester City have generated more expected goals than the Red Devils (7.44) and they are joint-top for big chances created (10).

The visitors should have what it takes to get on the scoresheet against an Arsenal defence still in an experimental phase, but keeping the Gunners quiet at the other end could be a step too far.

Saka can inspire home win

Both teams have scored in each of the last four competitive meetings between these rivals and I’m backing that on Sunday, while a 2-1 scoreline for Arsenal appeals. Arsenal have scored exactly twice in both home games this season, winning 2-1 once, while Manchester United have conceded exactly twice in their last two matches.

Bukayo Saka stands out as the best anytime goalscorer option. The Arsenal talisman has scored in both his home outings this season and has a fantastic recent record against Manchester United, scoring in each of his last three appearances against them.


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