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Vermaelen and his Gunners to strike four or more against Wigan

| 15.04.2012

Wigan travel to the Emirates this weekend to face an Arsenal side they have never beaten in London, and they are not expected to change that record here at 10/1 to get a win against the Gunners.

Wigan have produced some fantastic football of late and beat champions Man United last time out, but Arsenal have a brutal record against the Latics clocking up an impressive 21 strikes against Roberto Martinez’s men in the last seven clashes between the sides.

Goals are therefore expected in North London and predominantly for the home side, Arsenal have put four past Wigan on three occasions in the last four seasons alone and it looks set to be another unfruitful trip for the Lancashire club, with Arsene Wenger’s side as short as 2/1 to score four or more goals.

Thomas Vermaelen is enjoying another plentiful season in front of goal netting five times in only 23 league starts, an impressive tally from a centre-half, and the Belgian loves scoring against Wigan, he has been on the scoresheet three times in just two appearances against the relegation candidates.

In each of the games Vermaelen has played against the Latics, Arsenal have enjoyed 4-0 triumphs and pairing an opener from the defender with a 4-0 home victory is the bet worth putting some money behind here, as it produces odds of 100/1.

This offers fantastic value when you consider the fact he did open the scoring two seasons ago, scoring the second in this campaign’s earlier meeting at the DW Stadium.

For those looking for a slightly more cautious punt, change the double to leading scorer Robin Van Persie to hit the target at any time, as he has done 27 times in the league already this season, and the final score to be 4-0, and this will return odds of 16/1.



Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.