Opta Big Match Stats: Arsenal will defeat Man Utd

Aaron Ramsey can lead Arsenal to glory at Old Trafford

Lewis Jones has cast his eye over the Opta stats and says get on Arsenal to dish out a beating to Manchester United...

"Arsenal have won at Old Trafford three times in the Barclays Premier League era and have won the title in two of those seasons (97-98 & 01-02)."
Best Bet: Back Arsenal to beat Man United @ 12/53.35

Arsenal have won at Old Trafford three times in the Barclays Premier League era and have won the title in two of those seasons (97-98 & 01-02)

The boos that rung around the Emirates Stadium when Aston Villa pulled apart a raggy Arsenal side at the start of the season have evaporated into thin air. The Gunners can boast a five point lead at the top of the table after 10 games while Manchester United, you could say, are doing a bit of an Arsenal with a snail-like start to the campaign.

There would be no better place for the rampant Gunners to cement their title credentials than by winning at Old Trafford, where 13 Premier League crowns are resting in the trophy cabinet. With confidence sky-high after their midweek 1-0 win in Dortmund, Arsenal's record on the road makes them a five-star bet to do what West Bromwich Albion did and win at the Theatre of Dreams. The north Londoners haven't lost on the road in 15 Premier League games and have only conceded 18 goals in their last 24 away days. Arsene Wenger's men must be backed at any odds above 3.00.

Best Bet: Back Arsenal to beat Man United @ 12/53.35

Arsenal are the only side to have scored in all 10 of their Barclays Premier League games this season

A conundrum that continues to baffle many football analysts is how the centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker can be strong enough to build a successful season on. The much maligned pair have repelled Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Robert Lewendowski this week without much fuss, but can they can keep a hat-trick of top-class shutouts with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie lurking? It looks a tall order. Before their impressive win over the Merseysiders, Arsenal had kept just one domestic clean sheet in 12 games. All this evidence bodes well for a lumpy bet on both teams to score.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 8/131.60

Aaron Ramsey has scored six goals and provided three assists in his last seven Premier League appearances

It's impossible not to mention the goalscoring form of the Welsh hitman at the moment. Gone are the days of the slow, unimaginative and predictable attacking moves from the Arsenal man and what we have now is a player who looks capable of mixing it with the very best in world football. Everything he has touched this season has turned to goal. It would be completely foolish not to pay close attention to his market chances of notching at Old Trafford.

Recommended Bet: Back Aaron Ramsey to score first @ 9/110.0

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