Arsenal v West Brom: Robinís Gunner get ya

Robin van Persie has been outstanding this season

West Bromwich Albion – a team with one defeat in their last five matches – travel to the Emirates Stadium as they attempt to stop an Arsenal side currently unbeaten in their last 10 games.

This season was always going to be a difficult one for The Gunners. All of the league’s “big boys” were enjoying a summer of lavish spending, whilst Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board tried, unsuccessfully, to hold on to two of their best players. But, after a disastrous start to the campaign, Wenger’s men are slowly getting back to their best (at one end of the pitch, at least).

Arsenal’s defence has been heavily criticised in recent seasons, and rightly so. But, the return of Thomas Vermaelen will certainly improve the back four and give extra confidence to the players around him. He is a natural leader and that is what Arsenal require more than anything. After making an appearance from the bench last week against Chelsea, Vermaelen started the mid-week game against Marseille and after seeing his side keep a clean-sheet, I believe Arsene Wenger will name him in the starting XI again on Saturday.

As poor as they have been defensively, one man is carrying the team forward at the other end of the pitch. Robin van Persie has been outstanding this season, carrying on his great goal-scoring form from the previous campaign. He is currently playing the best football of his career to date, and the statistic that keeps popping up is his 28 goals in 27 Premier League games in 2011. Of those 28 goals, seven have come in his last three games, and there could be money to be made in the goal-scoring markets. Van Persie is 4/5 with Coral to net anytime and 10/3 with Bet365 to score grab the first.

Roy Hodgson’s side will have to make do without Paul Scharner’s services this weekend after he aggravated an existing knee injury in the match against Liverpool last Saturday. Shane Long will also miss the match, as well as The Baggies next few games as he isn’t expected to return to action until December at the earliest. The man expected to take Long’s place is Peter Odemwingie. The Nigerian forward is due to have a minor knee problem assessed at some point on Friday but is expected to make the starting line-up. If he does start, Odemwingie will be confident he can produce the goods, after scoring in both fixtures against The Gunners last season.

Up until last season, Arsenal had a terrific Premier League record against West Brom, having won six of the eight meetings. However, they didn’t win any of the two games last season and lost 3-2 at The Emirates – a match in which they were trailing 3-0 at one point. However, I don’t think Arsene Wenger will be reminiscing too much about those games and, instead, will be looking for his players to continue their recent form and take all three points.

Recommended Bets:

Back Arsenal to win to nil @ 7/4 with Sky Bet

Back Robin Van Persie to score first goal @ 10/3 with Bet365

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 04/11/2011 - 16:14 PM
Filed in:- Arsenal Betting News, West Brom, Arsenal


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