The Gunners then enjoyed an eleven-match winning run although recent form has been altogether more circumspect, with Unai Emery suffering defeat in four of their previous eight matches and this explains why they’re the outsider to win the Saturday teatime encounter against Chelsea.
Bet365 are prepared to chalk up 19/10 about a home win despite the fact that the 4-2 win over Tottenham lingers long in the memory, with Manchester City remaining the only team to record a three-point haul at the Emirates Stadium this season.
Chelsea Likely to Get Champions League
Chelsea are currently on course to land a Champions League spot come the end of the campaign, although they sit just six points ahead of Arsenal and a rejuvenated Manchester United team who are coming hard on the rails after a toxic few months under Jose Mourinho.
The bookies regard the Blues as slightly more likely to win this London derby and William Hill have 13/10 about Maurizio Sarri’s team completing a Premier League double over the Gunners, with Chelsea having won seven of their ten matches on the road this season.
When Sarri arrived at the Bridge, there was much talk centring around an exciting style of football that we should expect to see under the former Napoli manager, although supporters aren’t exactly seeing this at the moment.
Chelsea recently ground out a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace and it was a similar type of exercise when beating Newcastle 2-1 last weekend, with the draw perhaps offering the best value in the Match Result market and that is priced at 11/4.
It would at least keep the visitors six clear of their London rivals as we enter the business end of the campaign, with the bookmakers anticipating a high-scoring encounter and it certainly now looks as though Arsenal will need to win in order to stay in the hunt for a top-four spot.
William Hill offer a best price 4/7 about both teams scoring in this clash and it’s a similar story in the Over 2.5 Goals market where bet365 are trading 4/6 that we see Over 2.5 Goals which was the case when the teams met in the reverse fixture.
As mentioned, Arsenal served up a treat when destroying Tottenham in a previous London derby and we’re taken by the prospect of them winning this match and both teams finding the net at 15/4 with bet365.
Chelsea continue to rely on Eden Hazard who is currently playing in the false nine role for his team and the Belgian has previously scored a spate of goals against Arsenal, with Ladbrokes quoting 6/1 that the penalty taker breaks the deadlock in this encounter.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offers the home team a deadly goal threat and Paddy Power’s 13/2 looks interesting considering that the Gabon forward has fourteen goals on the board thus far and will be looking to get the better of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger in the Chelsea defence.
If this is to be a high-scoring encounter, then perhaps we can chance our arm when it comes to fancy correct score prices and we like an Arsenal 3-2 win at odds of 28/1, while a 4-2 victory for the Gunners is available at 66/1 with Black Type which would give supporters some renewed belief that they can be a top four entity this season.