Man Utd v Arsenal Prediction: Premier League Match on 02.12.2021
The midweek round of fixtures from the English Premier League concludes on Thursday evening with two games on the schedule. The pick of the pair comes from Old Trafford, where Manchester United take on Arsenal. Both teams have suffered strange seasons already, full of ups and downs, making this match even more exciting than it usually is.
The home team are on a winless run but have a new manager with new ideas and a fresh approach. The visitors are improving and started the week in fifth place, level on points with London derby rivals West Ham and the top four.
Victory for Manchester United would be the first of the new regime as the club takes on their first home match since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Arsenal board have stuck with their boss Mikel Arteta through thick and thin, but things are improving, and the Spaniard has lifted the Gunners into a handy position.
Will the board be repaid for their loyalty? A win over Man Utd at Old Trafford would certainly boost morale in the away dressing room.
Two of the Premier League’s famous teams, Man Utd and Arsenal, have been involved in some cracking contests over the years. The two last season weren’t exactly inspiring, though, with Arsenal winning 1-0 at Old Trafford before the pair played out a goalless finish at the Emirates Stadium last time.
Armchair fans hope this renewal provides a few more talking points, and the weekend results of both teams suggest things are about to get more exciting.
United hold Chelsea to a draw
Manchester United played their first match without Solskjaer at the weekend and it was a solid result for a club that has struggled for positives of late. The Red Devils went to London and Stamford Bridge to face top of the league Chelsea with the Blues looking increasingly likely to finish 2022 on top of the table.
The European champions were the heavy favourites to win that match but it was Man Utd that drew first blood, silencing the home crowd with a goal on 50 minutes from Sancho.
That strike came against the run of play but United were competitive throughout the contest and no one could have denied them the lead. The celebrations were short lived though as
Man Utd shot themselves in the foot less than 20 minutes later when conceding a penalty. Jorginho stepped up and sent the ball past De Gea and into the net to bring the sides all square. As the teams battled to find a winner there were good chances at either end but the best fell to Rudiger who found himself in space at the back post but couldn’t keep his volley down. At the final whistle, both teams seemed happy with the result.
United are now three games without a win but a draw at the home of the league leaders is a great result and one that will boost confidence in the team.
They now set-up for this home match aiming to build on those efforts and would love to go one better here and claim the three points. A home win could lift United back into the European places and show they are ready to get their season back on track.
Gunners arrive in great form
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford down in fifth place but no side in the top tier of English football has a better recent record than they do with four wins and a defeat in their last five. The dozen points claimed during that run is better than league leaders Chelsea and on par with the champions Manchester City.
A title charge looks unlikely due to Arsenal’s slow start to the season, but there’s still plenty of football to be played, and if they could push themselves into the top four in time for the new year, they’d be difficult to budge.
Arsenal’s form this season reads seven wins and two draws against four defeats, with the 23 points gained putting them level with West Ham United in fourth. The Hammers have lost each of their last two, and there’s a suggestion the impressive start from David Moyes’ team may be beginning to run dry.
If the Gunners can continue to rack up wins, they will move into the prize places soon and can start to look at tracking down the three leaders.
At this stage, the Premier League title looks like a three-runner race between Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool, with Arsenal currently seven points off the board. Followers have witnessed more than a few false dawns in recent seasons but could this season be different?
The fixture list has been rather kind to the visitors of late, but they have been scoring goals and winning points. The away team will be fired up for this game.
Man Utd v Arsenal prediction
If we were to judge this match on recent form alone, it would be easy to go with the away win, but Man Utd are in a transitional period, and Sunday’s draw at Stamford Bridge suggests the players will respond to the managerial change.
Home fans will demand the best from the players here, and the atmosphere they create could inspire the locals to get a result.
Arsenal are still some way off the finished article, as we saw against Liverpool recently, but they have been playing much better than Man Utd, and this game seems to come at exactly the right time for them.
The visitors have the players, togetherness and belief to win this match, but it’s likely both teams would view a share of the points as a decent result.
Premier League odds
Man Utd are priced at 1.98 to win this match with registered 22bet members also offered 3.58 on victory for Arsenal and 3.7 about the draw. You can bet on the outcome of this game before kick-off, and there’s also in-game betting with over 100 markets set out.
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