Arsenal vs Man City – Preview 12 September 2014

This entry was posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014

It’s the first real test of the season for Arsenal on Saturday as Pellegrini’s light blue army arrive in London hoping to reassert some authority on the Premier League after the shock defeat to Stoke last weekend. Wenger has of course signed Danny ‘Welbz’ Welbeck since the disappointing draw at Leicester and all eyes will be on the England forward as he looks to get off to the perfect start.

The first thing going against ‘Welbz’ and his new teammates, such as ‘Chambo’ (Alex Oxlade) and ‘Chambo’ (Callum) is that Manchester City haven’t lost consecutive league games since October 2010. Mind you Arsenal haven’t lost in their last nineteen home league games – last years opening day defeat to Aston Villa. Which probably means it’s hard to look far past the draw at 5/2 with Ladbrokes.

Arsenal have yet to put up anything resembling a ‘good’ performance yet this season but they have an opportunity to put that right on Saturday lunchtime – a kick off time that saw them lose 6-0 at Chelsea, 6-3 at Man City and 5-1 at Anfield last season. Key to their hopes will be their new signing up front and it seems written in the stars that he will help the Gunners get off to a dream start. One thing we know about Arsenal is that they’ll create chances and unlike Sanogo, Welbeck can finish them. Welbeck is the 7/1 value shot for the opener with Paddy Power.

Arsenal have only found themselves behind at half-time in two of their last 20 home league games so we’re happy to lay City at 2.98 on Betfair to lead after 45 minutes. We were tempted to back Draw / Draw in the HT/FT market, but the value is surely with Arsenal taking the lead only to be pegged back by City as the game wears on. Back Arsenal / Draw in that market at 14/1 with Bet365.

For a speculative punt why not combine two bets and get Welbeck to score first with a 1-1 final score at 35/1 with Paddy Power.

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