Arsenal’s stunning 5-3 victory over Chelsea was their eighth win in nine in all competitions and although they are still vulnerable at the back, Arsene Wenger’s charges now look a far cry from the team hammered 8-2 at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign.
One of the Gunners’ recent triumphs was a fortnight ago in Marseille, where a last-gasp Aaron Ramsey strike helped them to a 1-0 success and as the pair renew hostilities at the Emirates Stadium, it’s hard not to fancy in-form Arsenal to overcome the French outfit once again.
Betfred make the Gunners 4/6 to come out on top and bet365 post 6/1 against another 1-0 scoreline but it could be a touch more comfortable and Stan James offer Wenger’s troops at 9/5 in the handicaps, where they kick-off a goal in arrears.
However, it’s simply impossible to ignore the form of Robin van Persie in north London. The Dutch striker bagged a hat trick at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to take his club tally to a dozen this term and he’s a 4/1 shot via Boylesports to break the deadlock in this one.
Stunned by the Gunners at the weekend, Chelsea should bounce back as they face Belgian outfit Genk. In the reverse fixture a couple of weeks ago, Andre Villas-Boas’ men smashed in five without reply and although a repeat of that result is unlikely, a fairly routine victory is on the cards.