There’s no getting around it. If Arsenal want to lift their first Premier League title since 2005 they need to start picking up wins against their main rivals and at home to a Chelsea side which is without a win in their last five league games, they have a great opportunity to do just that.
This could be a tough one to call! Didier Drogba has a habit of scoing goals for fun against Arsenal. With his recent dip in form he is an attractive 11/2 to hit the net first. With Fank Lampard back in the frame and back on penalty duties, he could also be a good punt at 8/1 to get the first goal.
This game should produce goals and with a free £20 bet, why not throw it down on over 3 goals at a decent 2/1 shot!
On the other hand, Chelsea could really have done with Didier Drogba putting his penalty away against Spurs and though Ancelotti was happier with the overall performance their winless run is still going. If Arsenal can start quickly and score first at 10/11 then the Blues could struggle. The Blues haven’t scored more than a single goal in their last seven league games so if Arsene Wenger’s side can take some early chances then they should be good to win this one at 8/5.
The good thing about the United game was Walcott, Van Persie and Fabregas getting some much needed game-time. The Dutchman scored both goals the last time Arsenal beat Chelsea and if he starts then he’s worth a bet at 6/1 to score first. The fans will be hoping to see Cesc Fabregas start and the captain will be determined to go for the win and at 8/1 to open the scoring he’ll be a good bet to put in a captain’s performance. The player of the season so far Samir Nasri is another strong candidate at 15/2 toscore first.
This is a game Arsene Wenger will be looking to win by any means necessary and though Chelsea have been struggling they’re still a dangerous animal. A big impressive win would be nice but a hard fought 2-1 win at 8/1 will provide all the festive cheer Arsenal fans will need.
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