It was Thierry Henry that came to the rescue as Arsenal struggled to break down Leeds in the pair’s FA Cup third round tie at the Emirates Stadium and the Frenchman could be thrust into the fray again as the Gunners entertain Aston Villa in the same competition.
Henry is 5/1 with bet365 to again break the deadlock for Arsene Wenger’s troops although if he is set to be used from bench, BetVictor’s 5/4 for the 34-year-old to notch at any stage could represent better value.
Another man capable of finding the net is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is a 7/1 shot in Skybet’s first scorer and the exciting youngster’s performance against Manchester United last Sunday suggests that he could be a key figure for the hosts in this encounter, which is 4/7 (bet365) to end in victory for Arsenal.
William Hill’s 3/1 for tie to require a replay, could attract cash given that more than half of Villa’s Premier League matches on the road have ended all square but the Gunners have performed well on their own patch this term and should ultimately have the edge.
Ladbrokes rate them at 7/1 to nick it 1-0, just as they did against Leeds and as Arsene Wenger’s men have been pretty mean defensively on home soil, conceding just eight times in eleven top flight outings at the Emirates Stadium, a case can be made for an Arsenal triumph ‘to nil’ at 13/8 with Blue Square. Nevertheless, the Gunners could be made to work hard for their fifth round berth and Betfred quote them at 10/3 to only secure the success after an even first period.
Draw/Arsenal in HT/FT betting – 10/3 (Betfred)