Sanchez Could Ruin Wenger’s Farewell Tour

Gabe Morency

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:47 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 5:47 PM UTC

Arsene Wenger will have one last chance to secure victory over Man Utd when he leads his Arsenal troops into battle at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Frenchman is standing down at the end of.
<p>Arsene Wenger will have one last chance to secure victory over Man Utd when he leads his Arsenal troops into battle at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Frenchman is standing down at the end of the season, following a 22-year reign at the London club.</p><p></p><p>The first half of his tenure was laden with trophies and largely defined by his rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd teams. The Gunners have faded as an elite force over the past decade, but there is still plenty of enmity between the clubs and Wenger would love one last win. But standing in the way is his fiercest adversary, Jose Mourinho, who has branded him a specialist in favour and a voyeur during a lengthy war of words. It is therefore poised to be a classic contest.</p><p>Arsenal are huge underdogs, priced at 13/2 with Betfred and Bet365, 67/10 with Marathon Bet and 6/1 with many others, and that is a reflection of their abysmal away form. At home the Gunners have the second-best record in the league, with 2.44 points per game, but on the road they have been shockingly bad. They have only taken a mere 13 points from 16 away games, a rate of 0.81 per game. They have won three, drawn four and lost nine – the worst form of Wenger’s long reign – and that leaves them 12th in the away table, below the likes of Bournemouth, Watford and relegation threatened Crystal Palace.</p><p>Man Utd have the third-best home record in the league, with 13 wins from 17 games, and Mourinho will be desperate to stick the knife into Wenger one last time on Sunday. Man Utd are second in the table, 17 points clear of the Gunners, and they are the heavy favourites to win this clash. They are 1/2 with Ladbrokes, Sky Bet, Bet Victor and Bet Stars.</p><p>These teams met earlier this season at The Emirates and it was one of the most remarkable games of the season. Two ridiculous unforced defensive errors left Arsenal 2-0 down after a quarter of an hour, and after that Man Utd just sat back and soaked up the pressure. Arsenal had 75% of the possession, 33 shots on goal and 16 on target (compared to eight and four for Man Utd) and 12 corners to Man Utd’s one. It was outrageously one-sided, but Arsenal still contrived a way to lose the game.</p><p>They were sloppy in front of goal, but David De Gea also produced one of the best goalkeeping performances ever seen, with a sensational double save providing the highlight. Paul Pogba was sent off and Arsenal pulled one back through Alexandre Lacazette, but Utd hit Arsenal on the break and it ended up 3-1 to Mourinho’s men.</p><p>If Sunday’s game is half as good, we will be in for a treat. Arsenal are mainly focusing on the Europa League now, while Man Utd have an FA Cup final to look forward to, so this is not a priority for either team. But pride will be at stake for both managers, so we should see them field strong teams and go for the win. Man Utd deserve to be the clear favourites, as Arsenal have been utterly dreadful on the road.</p><p>But at such short odds, it is a risky time to be opposing the Gunners. Wenger’s resignation could galvanise the previously disenchanted players, and Arsenal might just surprise everyone and get a shock result. It might be better to look to goals instead. Arsenal have been banging in plenty of goals recently, and conceding with alarming regularity, while Man Utd are brilliant in attack, so both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks good with Sky Bet and Boyle Sports.</p><p>It will also be the first time Alexis Sanchez has faced his former employers since engineering a move to Old Trafford in January. He has the pace, intelligence and motivation to torment Arsenal’s beleaguered defence, and he looks a good bet to score at any time in this game, priced at 9/5 with Paddy Power and Betfair.</p>
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