With both teams looking dangerous in attack but suspect at the back, Al Hain-Cole expects another exciting derby clash between Spurs and Emery’s men
Arsenal have the chance to close the gap on neighbours Tottenham Hotspur to just a single point when they visit Wembley on Saturday.
The Gunners have reclaimed fourth place thanks to a run of five wins in six Premier League matches, while two successive defeats for their north London rivals means there is a lot more than just bragging rights at stake.
Having run out 4-2 winners in a thrilling reverse encounter back in December, they are available at 5/2 (3.50) with bet365 to move to within touching distance of third by coming out on top here.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have lost just one of their last 10 home fixtures against this opposition in the league, and are even odds (2.00) favourites to reassert their recent superiority with a win in this one.
The hosts are still the only team in the division yet to draw a league game after 28 rounds this season, but you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them being forced to settle for a single point on this occasion.
Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier will face fitness tests after missing the Chelsea defeat through injury and illness respectively, while Dele Alli will also be hoping to return to the squad from a six-week layoff.
Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, and Danny Welbeck are all sidelined, although Stefan Lichtsteiner and Alex Iwobi should be in contention.
While Harry Kane’s recent return to the starting line-up is a real boost considering his excellent record in this fixture, Spurs will be concerned about their carelessness at the back of late.
With just two clean sheets to their name in nine league matches, they will be wary of a visiting side that has scored more goals than anyone but the top two this campaign.
Nevertheless, Unai Emery’s team is unlikely to prove too robust in defence themselves after conceding on average two goals per league game on the road so far – failing to keep a single clean sheet.
All in all, odds of 10/11 (1.91) are well worth backing on both teams getting on target and over 2.5 goals being scored in another high-scoring north London derby clash.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.