Arsene Wenger famously said that once the supporters taste caviar, then they don’t want to eat sausage anymore and it appears that the Frenchman’s early success at Highbury has led to disappointment in recent seasons, with Arsenal unable to clinch any kind of silverware over the past few seasons.
Trophies are not easy to come by for the Gunners now that Manchester City are spending untold amounts of money and it might be the case that the Eastlands outfit wrest Samir Nasri away from the Emirates before Saturday’s match against Liverpool takes place.
Arsenal do look short on quality as far as an assault on the Premier League title is concerned, with Wenger’s side scraping past Udinese in their Champions League play-off on Tuesday, although they will welcome back Robin Van Persie from suspension for this game and the home side are 13/8 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory in front of the Sky cameras.
The Gunners will be missing the suspended Gervinho for this game, although Van Persie has a good scoring record against the Merseyside team and the Dutchman can be backed at 9/2 (Victor Chandler – £25 free betting) to break the deadlock, while Tuesday’s scorer Theo Walcott is a 9/1 chance with Sky Bet to once again be the first name on the scoresheet.
Liverpool came out of the traps flying against Sunderland last weekend and should have had more to show for their first half dominance, although Kenny Dalglish has some thinking to do after the Reds went off the boil and could only manage a 1-1 draw.
The visitors are available at 9/4 with bet365 to win at the Emirates and put Arsene Wenger in a very difficult position, with many supporters struggling to see how the Gunners will finish in the top four this season. They will have to keep close tabs on Luis Suarez who can be backed at 7/1 (Victor Chandler) to score the first goal.