EPL bettors watch Arsenal win big vs. Man U

This Saturday Arsenal beat Manchester United at home, as they leapfrogged Man U to take sole position second place in the Premier League. Soccer bettors backing the Gunners were thrilled as they inched nearer the top of the English Premiership table.

Currently both Liverpool and Chelsea are leading the league with 29 points each, while Arsenal has 23 points and Manchester United has 21 points.

Arsenal came into the game with low morale, as in the Premier League they were coming off a 4-4 draw with Tottenham and a loss to Stoke. And in the Champions League, they had a disappointing home draw 0-0 against Fenerbahce last week.

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It was an ugly afternoon at Emirates Stadium with a heavy downpour and Arsenal got an ugly goal to start the scoring. Samir Nasri took a clear from Man U’s Dimitar Berbatov and fired a shot that was deflected by Man U’s Gary Neville and found the back of the twine to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead.

Man U had several chances to even the score and the best chance was when Wayne Rooney had a point blank shot from the top of the box, but the ball sailed over the goal.

In the beginning of the second half, Nasri struck again, as he was unmarked and took a great pass from Cesc Fábregas and buried the shot from inside the box to give the home team a 2-0 lead.

Manchester United had several more chances in the second half, but could not score until injury time, as Rafael tacked on a late goal to cut the score to 2-1.

For the game, Manchester United had more shots, 23 to 15, and led in time of possession, 54% to 46%. Arsenal was very physical throughout the game and committed 18 fouls while Man U committed only 8.

In their next Premier League match Arsenal plays at home against a tough Aston Villa club, currently sitting in fifth place in the league, while Manchester United hosts Stoke.