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The heavyweight Premier League clash, primed with Bet Builder opportunity. The game that evokes memories of the glorious early days of the Premier League. Arsene Wenger vs Alex Ferguson. Patrick Vieira vs Roy Keane. Gary Neville vs Jose Antonio Reyes. Ryan Giggs vs the entire Arsenal backline.  

The world has moved on. Both clubs are now a decade without a league trophy and have only a few cups to show for years of demise and expectation. Mikel Arteta and Erik Ten Hag are the men tasked with changing that, tasked with taking these clubs back to the top of the tree, backed by their owners to make big changes and re-create the winning identities that made them household names around the globe.  

With Manchester City enjoying the perfect start, nothing but perfection will do for Arsenal and Man United fans and victory is important after a season that has already seen Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur hurt each side. A game we are delighted to breakdown – read on for Arsenal and Man United stats and bet builder tips.  

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ARSENAL VS MAN UNITED PREDICTED LINEUPS 

Jesus could be Arsenal’s saviour up top 

Eddie Nketiah has had a fine start to the season but is a doubt ahead of this huge clash meaning Gabriel Jesus could return to the starting XI, but the Englishman remains favourite to start up top. Arteta is proactive with his solutions to tactical challenges but the expectation is that the only other likely change will be at the back. Thomas Partey is supposedly injured, or the Ghanaian FA have been told, so we could see White shifted back to right-back, and Gabriel brought into the fold. 

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Injury list presenting challenges for Ten Hag 

Erik Ten Hag has a big squad to choose from but with several bodies out injured, the numbers are thinning. He enters this game without both senior left-backs, striker Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Raphael Varane. That means Victor Lindelof will start at centre-back, Diogo Dalot at left-back while Anthony Martial could return in attack to allow Rashford to play from the left.  

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ARSENAL VS MAN UNITED TEAM STATS 

Gunners starting strong 

While concerns were raised following their draw with Fulham, Arsenal have started the season strongly. They sit 3rd for XG against having conceded the second fewest shots in the division, sit 4th for shots on target per game and have managed 67.3% of the ball on average. Corners are clearly an option worth looking at for your bet builder too – they had 24 in three matches.  

United bright going forward 

The expectation is that Man United should dominate football matches and they are at least attacking with thrust, managing the third best xG for and third most shots in the league on average. However, they are conceding a high number of shots on target and the number of corners and cards being collected raise concern.  

ARSENAL VS MAN UNITED SHOTS AND SHOTS ON TARGET  

Odegaard leading the way 

Martin Odegaard has started this season with the intention of improving upon an impressive goal tally last campaign – He’s already off the mark for the season having mustered an impressive eight shots and three efforts on target. Given that he’s a midfielder, as oppose to an out-and-out forward, his odds are a little kinder and you can back him at 8/13 to have a shot on target in your Arsenal vs Man United bet builder.  

Arsenal’s starboy remains the main man 

Bukayo Saka has started as he finished the last campaign, as key to Arsenal’s hopes and finding the back of the net for fun, already scoring twice having surpassed double figures for both goals and assists last year. His chances of being part of your bet builder are increased with the news that both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia will be absent – he’s available to score anytime at 2/1.  

Fernandes shoots on sight 

Bruno Fernandes will shoot from anywhere. In his last nine seasons, he has managed a minimum of 2.45 shots per 90 minutes and has already managed 12 efforts in three games this term. You can back him in your Man United vs Arsenal Bet Builder to have Two or more shots at 8/15 or Three or more at 9/5.  

Rashford is due a goal 

Marcus Rashford enjoyed the best season of his career last year, scoring 30 goals across all competitions. Much of his success has come from the left-hand side and Rashford could return to that role here. Even if he does start as the main man up top, this game will prove different to others in the role given the space he should be afforded against Arsenal’s high press and high line. He’s 2/1 to score anytime.  

ARSENAL vs Man United Matchups to Watch

Bukayo Saka vs Diogo Dalot

Man United find themselves in the top half of the Premier League table for fouls committed and their full-backs are a big part of that. Diogo Dalot had a tough time of it having replaced Luke Shaw at left-back against Nottingham Forest, and has committed three fouls (or 2.31 P/90), this season. Things won’t be any easier here, with Dalot likely to come up against Arsenal starboy Bukayo Saka. He’s already been fouled six times this term, and was fouled between 1.78 and 2.25 times P/90 in his last three seasons.

Kai Havertz vs Casemiro

Arsenal may not be the best team to look at from a fouls perspective – only two others teams have committed less than their 9.33 per 90. Kai Havertz hasn’t got the memo, however, committing 2.31 per 90 early doors. That’s nothing new – he committed 2.11 and 1.99 fouls P/90 at Chelsea during the previous two campaigns. Casemiro will be in the same areas as Kai Havertz, and whilst he himself is a cunning veteran and capable of drawing fouls, he’ll certainly do a number on Havertz as well. The German has already been fouled Seven times this term and who has been fouled more than once P/90 in five of his seven seasons as a pro. Not to mention, Casemiro has already committed four fouls having averaged between 1.71 and 2.05 per 90 in his last six seasons.

Takehiro Tomiyasu vs Antony

Tomiyasu has committed just the two fouls this season, but, they are the two fouls that saw him receive a red card against Palace just a couple of weeks ago. The Japanese international is likely to be deployed at left back, and whilst a solid defender, it’s certainly not his natural position. Say what you like about Antony as well, but that will make things more difficult. The Brazilian has been fouled six times in three outings this term, and will certainly test his opponent throughout.

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