Wigan v Arsenal: Perfect opportunity for Gunners to get back to winning

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Arsenal are a top priced 1.57 to beat Wigan at the DW Stadium this weekend, and that looks cracking value given their record against the Latics.

Wigan have won only one of their 12 Premier League meetings with the Gunners and have the worst conversion rate in the top flight having scored with just 9% of their shots.

Prior to their 2-1 away win against struggling Sunderland last weekend they had looked in dire straits, and it will be a major surprise if Arsene Wenger’s boys do not put them to the sword.

What is a surprise however is that Arsenal are 1.57 for victory given that they were 1.5 in the same fixture last season and come into the game on a terrific unbeaten league run which has seen them climb into seventh and put themselves in contention for a top four finish.

They are going for their third successive away win on the bounce, and although they been failing to keep a clean sheet in many games they have still proved too strong for their opponents at the other end of the pitch – thanks mainly to the goal scoring exploits of Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman has done us bags of favours in the goal scorer markets this season and not surprisingly tops the betting at 3.75 to net the opener.

That looks plenty short enough in my eyes, and the one who appeals at the prices is Alex Oxlade Chamberlain at 11 with Betfred. he is also 3.5 with the same firm to net anytime during the 90 minutes and that looks better value than the skimpy 1.67 on offer about van Persie.

In the last four meetings between the Latics and the Gunners where both sides have scored, so given that I have already highlighted the fact that Arsenal have bee struggling to keep clean sheets the 1.67 with Betfred and Paddy Power about both teams netting looks a fair bet for odds-on players.

However even if Wigan do manage to score I fully expect Arsenal to put more past them than they let in.

I fancy Arsenal to win this either 2-1 or 3-1.

The former is an 8 chance with bet365, while the latter is a 12 shot with bet365 and Boylesports.


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