Putting in another eye-catching display away at Turf Moor over the weekend, Manchester United will look to extend their winning run when they make the trip to the Emirates on Wednesday night in what could be a lively encounter.
Despite their shock 2-0 defeat away at relegation scrappers Watford last month, the former Premier League champions have bounced back in some style and now have their sights firmly set on mounting a top-four charge this year.
On the flip side, while Arsenal may have once again shown a string of improvements against Chelsea on Sunday, new Gunners boss Mikel Arteta saw his side fail to capitalize and left North London empty-handed.
Still enduring their worst run of form in over five decades, the New Year’s Day hosts are in the midst of a remarkable woeful run that has seen them win just one of their last 15 matches across all competitions.
With many across England expecting some New Year drama in midweek, you might be interested to know that four of the last five top-flight matchups between the two sides have seen both teams find the net and a similar outcome can be found at 8/15 with Coral.
Arsenal’s North London curse continues
While Mikel Arteta may have seen his side make some obvious improvements in what was the Spaniard’s Emirates welcoming party, Bernd Leno’s costly mistake saw Chelsea eventually leave North London with a dramatic 2-1 victory.
There is no doubt that Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man will be most concerned by Arsenal’s continued issues on home soil.
Now suffering four consecutive defeats at the Emirates, Wednesday’s hosts have remarkably failed to win any of their last eight home matchups across all competitions, a run that stems all the way back to the 24th of October.
Opening the New Year sat down in 12th and any European charge long since going up in smoke, Arsenal’s continued issues at the back will also be giving Arteta plenty of sleepless nights.
Shipping at least a pair of goals in each of their previous five appearances in the capital, you might be interested to know that the Gunners are priced at 11/10 with Paddy Power to suffer a similar fate and one again concede over 1.5 strikes in midweek.
United shine in the final third
Picking up a deserved 2-0 win away at Burnley over the weekend and recording an even more impressive clean sheet, United’s back-to-back victories have seen them leapfrog Spurs to fifth and now within touching distance of reclaiming their spot in the top-four.
Really starting to shine in the final third and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praising the mood in his camp, the former champions are currently pencilled at 5/2 with Ladbrokes to secure a Champions League return come May.
One man who really appears to be enjoying one of his brightest runs in Manchester and once again caught the eye over the weekend is forward Anthony Martial.
Scoring the opener at Turf Moor on Saturday night, the 24-year-old has now bagged three goals in his last two appearances and has been directly involved in 10 goals in his 13 Premier League starts this season.
You might be interested to know that the one-time Monaco man can be found priced at 13/8 with William Hill to extend on his tally on New Year’s Day.