Live Man Utd v Arsenal Betting Blog FA Cup – the Red Devils will start tonight’s game as narrow 2.40 favourites with the Gunners rated at 3.10, the draw is priced at 3.40.
A huge game that is either side’s only opportunity to win silverware this season. Each team has won the FA Cup 11 times. Will massive flop Angel Di Maria finally start to prove his worth? Or will fellow South American Alexis Sanchez show him how it’s done as he has been doing all season? Or could United old boy Danny Welbeck come back to haunt his old team mates?
United have defensive issues with Jonny Evans suspended for six games for spitting at Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse and Arsenal will have to cope without Gabriel Paulista who is ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring problem.
In the build up to kick-off Man Utd boss Louis Van Gaal has said that a top four place that will secure Champions League football is far more important than winning the oldest cup competition in world football. Is the Dutchman playing down things? Of course he is! There will be 70,000 Man Utd fans inside Old Trafford expecting United to give their all against their old foes from north London.
Manager Arsene Wenger says that whoever gets through this tie will be the favourites to win the FA Cup at Wembley – with just Aston Villa, Reading, Bradford, Liverpool and Blackburn left in the hat it’s hard to disagree with the Frenchman. However, Wenger will be conscious that Arsenal haven’t won at Old Trafford for 10 matches.
The Red Devils have won 11 and lost only once in their last 15 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
Don’t forget there’s live Man Utd v Arsenal Betting available throughout at online sportsbook Bodog.
The line-ups have been announced:
Manchester United 01 de Gea, 25 A Valencia, 12 Smalling, 05 Rojo, 03 Shaw, 21 Herrera, 17 Blind, 07 Di María, 31 Fellaini, 18 Young, 10 Rooney Substitutes 02 Rafael, 04 Jones, 08 Mata, 09 Falcao, 11 Januzaj, 16 Carrick, 32 Valdés.
Arsenal: 01 Szczesny, 39 Bellerin, 04 Mertesacker, 06 Koscielny, 18 Monreal, 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain, 34 Coquelin, 19 Cazorla, 11 Özil, 23 Welbeck, 17 Sánchez Substitutes 03 Gibbs, 12 Giroud, 14 Walcott, 16 Ramsey, 21 Chambers, 26 Martinez, 38 Akpom.
Maybe an important stat to take note of for anyone interested in backing the anytime or first scorer market – Wayne Rooney has scored seven in his last eight FA Cup games. He’s trading at anytime scorer odds of 2.60 for this one and is 6.50 to bag the first.
1 mins And we’re underway, it’s an electric atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams, Arsenal are wearing their blue away kit and it’s United in their traditional red shirts.
2 mins first effort on goal comes from Arsenal after a lively run and shot from 12 yards from Alexis Sanchez. Chris Smalling makes a good block and De Gea gathers safely.
3 mins Bellerin gets a yellow card for a foul on Ashley Young. Free-kick out wide left for United. Foolish from Bellerin who now must play 87 minutes on a yellow.
6 mins United corner, Arsenal’s defence looks nervy. Di Maria whips the cross in and Rooney gets a head to it but the contact is unclean and the danger is averted. But United retain possession and build the play comfortably.
9 mins And it’s probably honours even. Arsenal look dangerous when Sanchez and Cazorla get on the ball and the same goes for Rooney and Young. Mesut Ozil hasn’t had a touch though, he must do more for a player of his calibre.
12 mins United starting to look menacing. Fellaini is played through by Smalling but makes a hash of things as the ball gets stuck under his feet.
15 mins opportunity missed for Arsenal as Cazorla plays Welbeck in but he can’t take a quick pass in his stride. Both sides looking lively. Be a surprise if we don’t see a goal before half time.
17 mins Latest odds Man Utd 2.38, Arsenal 3.40 with the draw 2.88.
19 mins Oooh. Nearly the opening goal. An off balance Young can’t get on the end of a Fellaini pass and screws the chance high and wide.
20 mins Good move from Arsenal but Oxlade-Chamerlain wastes the opportunity, neither a shot or a cross.
22 mins Great run from the Ox this time and he wins the free-kick but Arsenal fail to test the United defence.
24 mins Pressure from United but Di Maria fails to find Fellaini at the far post with the cross. Poor considering the Belgian is the tallest man on the pitch.
25 mins GOAL Arsenal. Great footwork from the Ox before finding Nacho Monreal who drives a lovely angled finish inside De Gea’s right hand post from 10 yards.
Latest Man Utd v Arsenal Betting: Man Utd 3.30, Arsenal 1.66, draw 3.50.
28 mins GOAL Man Utd. It’s 1-1 after Rooney glances a fine header following an inswinging left foot curler from Di Maria.
30 mins Chance Welbeck from an Ox cross but can’t get enough power on it to test De Gea.
32 mins a looping speculative cross from Di Maria sees keeper Szczesny make a mess of things but he eventually gathers it safely.
Latest Man Utd v Arsenal Betting: Man Utd 2.50, Arsenal 3.40, draw 2.75.
36 mins Awful from Di Maria as he coughs possession and earns a yellow card too but Arsenal waste the free-kick.
38 mins Game’s developing into a great cup tie. Neither side fancies a replay that’s for certain. More goals surely beckon.
42 mins Oohh Di Maria should have scored, pace sends him clear of the Arsenal defence as he runs onto a Valencia pass, but his right foot shot was weak from 7 yards and easily saved by Szczesny.
44 mins Fellaini shoots from 22 yards but its straight at Szczesny and it’s looking like 1-1 half-time.
Half-time it’s 1-1 an entertaining game and the Man Utd v Arsenal Betting reads: United 2.63, draw 2.50, Arsenal 3.50.
45 mins We’re back underway and Michael Carrick has replaced Ander Herrera whilst Phil Jones is on for Luke Shaw.
48 mins Valencia wedges one in from wide right for Fellaini and then Rooney tries a header to no avail. Oxlade-Chamberlain pulls up lame as Arsenal clear. It looks like a ham-string. That’s a blow for the Gunners. But Aaron Ramsey replaces him, he moves into the centre with Ozil now operating out wide.
52 mins Awful mistake from Smalling culminates in Sanchez missing a half chance. How does Smalling get in the England side ahead of Ryan Shawcross?
54 mins Olivier Giroud is warming up. The tempo of the game has slowed a little, maybe Wenger will bring him on alongside Theo Walcott? Likewise will Van Gaal throw Falcao into the fray?
Latest odds: draw 2.10, Man Utd 2.88, Arsenal 4.00.
58 mins and finally Fellaini gets a yellow card. The big Belgian has been extremely combative tonight to put it mildly and that card hasn’t come a moment too soon.
59 mins Ashley Young yellow card.
60 mins great ball from Fellaini and Di Maria screws his shot wide.
61 mins GOAL Danny Welbeck is gifted a goal by a combo of a poor back pass from Valencia and De Gea’s all at sea. The former Man Utd man makes no mistake. 1-2 Arsenal. It’s not a muted celebration either.
Latest odds: Arsenal 1.44, draw 3.75, Man Utd 11.00.
63 mins Bellerin brings down Young and the crowd bays for a second yellow. He escapes this time. Wenger sees that Bellerin is extremely vulnerable with a quarter of the game to go and takes him off and brings on Callum Chambers.
67 mins Great cross from Ashley Young but Fellaini cant get any power in the header. Arsenal are heading to Wembley unless United can find something. They are 15.00 odds to win the game now.
71 mins Sanchez free-kick fizzes in but its straight at De Gea.
72 mins Janujaz is on in place of Marcos Rojo. That’s LVG’s last throw of the dice.
73 mins What a save by De Gea he’s somehow kept United in the cup with a save from Cazorla.
75 mins RED CARD Di Maria! The Argentine disgraces himself first with a dive and then pushes referee Michael Oliver. £60 million what a waste of money the Arsenal fans sing.United are finished with only 10 men surely.
Latest odds: Arsenal 1.11, Draw 7.00, Man Utd 51.00.
79 mins Free-kick in a dangerous position right side of edge of Arsenal penalty area but Rooney hits it over the bar with a tame effort. Would have suited a left footed player better but Di Maria is having a shower.
83 mins United throwing caution to the wind but they might just leave themselves exposed to an Arsenal counter. United it should be said are playing better than with 11 men.
86 mins Janujaz goes down looking for a penalty but referee Oliver books him for simulation.
88 mins United are running out of time. Janujaz tries another lively run down the right but runs out of space. Goal kick Arsenal.
90 mins FIVE minutes of extra time to be played. It’s last chance saloon time for the Red Devils but Arsenal are holding their shape well. Will United get another chance? They seem to be lumping everything long to Fellaini.
90 + 3 Sanchez should have made it three but another fine save from De Gea.
Final whistle! Man Utd 1 Arsenal 2 and the Gunners are into the hat for the semi-finals. Thanks for tuning in to our live Man Utd v Arsenal Betting Blog FA Cup. Arsenal probably just about deserved to win. United didn’t show enough as the home side to warrant those pre-game 2.40 odds.