Faltering Arsenal are without a victory in four and with that run putting paid to their title bid, the Gunners are under a huge amount of pressure to lift the FA Cup to avoid ending what started out a promising season, without any silverware.
They’re likely to be a touch nervous then, as they prepare to take on holders Wigan in the semi-final, despite the fact that the Latics are now in the Championship and Uwe Rosler’s men will hope to capitalise on any jitters from the North London outfit.
Nevertheless, bookies aren’t looking past Arsene Wenger’s troops, Skybet’s 1/2 favourites, and as Wigan (13/2, BetVictor) are wobbling ever so slightly themselves lately, it’s hard to oppose the Gunners, especially in light of their opponents’ recent punishing schedule.
Nevertheless, Arsenal’s injury problems don’t exactly hint at plain sailing against a team that has already accounted for Manchester City so it’s worth considering Coral’s 9/4 about Wenger’s charges prevailing in a fixture that sees both teams find the net.
Alternatively, punters can back the Gunners at 21/5 via Stan James to triumph either 2-1 or 3-1 and for those looking for a modest speculation in the ever-popular first scorer market, bet365′s 6/1 shot Lukas Podolski arguably looks like the value call.
Arsenal to beat Wigan 2-1 or 3-1 – 21/5 (Stan James)