GunnersGaming by Betsson, Arsenal’s Official Betting Partner, give us the rundown on some of the markets on offer ahead of Saturday’s match against Sunderland...
Arsenal bounced back to form last weekend with a record-equalling win at Emirates Stadium. Blackburn were brushed aside by seven Arsenal goals, including a hat-trick for captain Robin van Persie. It was the Dutchman’s second of the season and saw him pass 20 league goals for the first time in his career. He is priced at 28/1 (29.0) to follow it up with another treble on Saturday.
Arsène Wenger’s side know they will need to show this form on a consistent basis in order to maintain their challenge for a place in the top four. And their credentials will certainly be tested in Saturday’s trip to Sunderland.
Not only have the Gunners not won at the Stadium of Light since 2008, but Martin O’Neill has transformed the Black Cats into the Premier League's in-form team with five wins and a draw from their last six matches. They have also kept three clean sheets in a row at home.
Arsenal edged it 2-1 when the two sides met earlier in the season, thanks largely to a brace from Van Persie. Wenger's side are 11/10 (2.1) to do the double and pick up all three points again.
Arsenal are the Premier League’s third-highest goalscorers this season with an average of 1.91 goals per game so look good value at 11/10 (2.08) to score more than 1.5 on Saturday. GunnersGaming tip the Gunners to win 2-1, currently available at a little under 7/1 (7.8).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been the player on everyone’s lips of late and by scoring his first two Premier League goals last week, expectations have risen even further. The youngster is 35/2 (18.5) to score more than 1.5 goals again on Saturday. Mikel Arteta, another of last week’s scorers, looks well priced to score again at just under 9/2 (5.45).
However, final word must go to Thierry Henry in what looks likely to be his final game in the Premier League. Returning legends rarely live up to past memories but with the winning goal against Leeds on his 'debut' and a goal in his final appearance at Emirates Stadium, Henry has, if anything, surpassed expectations. Would it be too much to ask for him to mark his farewell to the Premier League with another goal? He is 6/4 (2.55) to score in what would be a fairytale ending.
GunnersGaming would like to wish the team all the best against Sunderland on Saturday. Don’t forget that we are giving three lucky fans the chance to win VIP tickets for them and a friend to watch next month’s north London derby! To be entered into the prize draw simply place a £25 bet online with GunnersGaming.com before February 13.
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