Blistering Arsenal form can continue at Everton’s expense
Arsene Wenger’s men are unbeaten in the Premier League since October, and having rested several key players in their midweek European clash, they look good to pile the misery on an inconsistent Everton outfit.
Arsenal are 8/15 to win the game, and this looks a generous price considering the London side have won six and drawn one of their eight Premier League home games so far.
Visiting Everton, priced at a big 6/1 to score a victory away from home, have struggled to put a consistent run together so far, failing to put together a run of more than two wins in a row to see them sitting in 10th place in the league.
The draw is 11/4, and although Arsenal’s last domestic home outing resulted in a 1-1 draw against mid-table opposition, it could be wise to avoid backing this outcome as the Gunners have drawn just two games this season, in comparison with Everton’s sole stalemate.
Whilst the gulf in class between the two sides is not as evident as it once was, the nature of Arsenal’s attacking options seems to give a clear indication as to the direction this game will swing.
In Robin Van Persie, the North Londoners have one of the most in-form striking talents in world football, smashing 31 goals in 30 Premier League games in 2011 as he reaches the pinnacle of an injury-plagued career.
Even at odds as short as 5/2, he is still a good bet to be the first goal scorer in this clash.
This will also be the first time the teams have met since Mikel Arteta’s controversial deadline day switch to the Emirates from the Toffees.
With a mixed reaction likely from the away support, the Spaniard will be eager to follow up on his opening strike against Wigan with the first goal against his former club, and he is available at a long 10/1 to do so.