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Wilshere and Walcott to serve up another Arsenal hiding to Southampton

| 31.12.2012

Four straight December wins with 15 goals scored and all is starting to look merry again at Arsenal. This makes it is hard not to expect another scoring spree when they visit Southampton next.

Arsenal have already beaten Southampton 6-1 at the Emirates this season and it was the midfield fluidity of Arsene Wenger’s men that undid the Saints.

On that day Francis Coquelin played in midfield and Gervinho led the line and it is not wrong to say that the Gunners should be even more of an attacking force with an in-form Theo Walcott up front and Jack Wilshere pulling the midfield strings.

Taking Arsenal’s recent form and their previous demolition over Southampton into consideration, 9/4 looks a great price on Wenger witnessing his side score more than 2.5 goals here.

The one positive for Southampton is that although only Aston Villa have conceded more Premier League goals this season, it is only Manchester United that have put more than two past them on their own patch and this included two Robin van Persie goals in the final three minutes.

Meanwhile, they have been beaten just once in four games and looking solely at their last four at home, none of these fixtures have resulted in more than two goals being scored.

Still, Sunderland, Fulham and Stoke do not possess the same attacking riches as Arsenal.

One of Southampton’s problems is that they have not beaten a team currently positioned above 15th in the Premier League table, taking a paltry five points from these 14 fixtures.

This bodes well for Arsenal to make it five successes on the bounce at 8/11, with 27/20 the price in the Total Result market that they secure three points in a game that has over 2.5 goals.

Southampton are 7/2 to win, but this is no value given that it is a shorter price than both Aston Villa and Reading were to win at home to Arsenal at times when the Gunners were in less dazzling form.

The draw can be backed at 11/4.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.