Ten games played and sixteen points on the board for Arsene Wenger’s team, which is pretty impressive considering that three of Arsenal’s first four matches ended in defeat and that included an 8-2 thrashing at Old Trafford.
The Gunners are showing no ill-effects of that spanking by Manchester United, with the 5-3 victory at Chelsea being the highlight of the team’s season to date and they will be confident of continuing their rise up the Premier League table on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal are no better than 4/9 (Coral – £30 free bets) to claim victory in this match, although they were unable to break the deadlock against Marseille during the week and it is worth noting that previous home games against Stoke and Sunderland haven’t exactly been convincing.
Both matches could have resulted in a draw had Robin Van Persie not been on the pitch, although there is no denying that his lethal finishing should give the home side the edge in this game, with odds of 10/3 (bet365 – £200 free betting) available that he scores first and 16/1 that the Dutchman plunders another hat-trick.
It will be interesting to see whether the Baggies defence cope with the Arsenal captain, with Gervinho and Theo Walcott also starting to click into gear, although the north London side aren’t keeping many clean sheets which will encourage Roy Hodgson.
West Brom famously won this fixture 3-2 last season after storming into a 3-0 lead and they are on offer at 8/1 to repeat that victory, with the manager looking for an improvement after an insipid display against Liverpool which saw them beaten 2-0.