The Premier League returns this weekend and Arsenal are looking to make it two wins from two when West Ham are the visitors to the Emirates on Saturday night.
Fresh off the back of a 3-0 win over Fulham last time out, Mikel Arteta’s men will hope for more of the same against a Hammers outfit that lost to Newcastle on home turf seven days ago.
Paddy Power trader Brian McDonnell has cast his eye over the matchup in north London and has picked out three tempting bets – and you can watch him explain his selections in the video below.
It’s been a great week for Arsenal. I thought they looked sharp against Fulham last week, which continued on their form from the last couple of games last season.
But it is a bit early to read too much into that performance, in terms of an outlook for the whole season, as there’s still a lot of question marks over Arsenal’s squad.
Who’s going to be there, or not be there, at the end of the transfer window? They have a squad of over 30 senior players and there is a lot of deadwood in that team so it’s going to be a much different Arsenal at the end of the season to what we’re seeing at the start of this season.
The new players we did see at the weekend though – Gabriel came in and for a young centre-back he had a big, physical presence and calmness to him which is what Arsenal have needed at the back. They really didn’t look like giving anything away against Fulham.
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Willian was good as well, with the way he drifted in and found those little pockets of space to pick the ball up in dangerous areas. Arsenal haven’t really had a midfielder who can find those spaces since Santi Cazorla left a couple of years ago.
More so than the personnel changes though, Mikel Arteta has created a spirit at the club which hasn’t been seen there for years. The players are enjoying themselves, they want to win and they want to win for each other. The players that don’t fit that ethos are out.
I think it will be a comfortable win for Arsenal. West Ham weren’t great against Newcastle last week and they’ve got a horrible run of games coming up now. After Arsenal, they have Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool so it’s hard to see them picking up many more points from those games. David Moyes could be under pressure.
We seem to talk about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang every week, and if you want to boost up the price you can do Arsenal To Win And Aubameyang To Score.
Willian in the Anytime Assist market is also a nice price. He got three last week and you would think he’ll get a lot more chances at home.
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