Nobody at the start of the season would have envisaged that Arsenal’s game against Bolton would have more to do with the bottom of the table rather than the top.
But the worst start since the 1953-54 season sees the Gunners currently sitting in 17th position the in Premiership league table.
It’s a situation which Arsene Wenger will quickly want to address, and this looks a golden opportunity for his side to bag a much needed three points in what has become a must win game.
They are generally 1.44 shots for victory, and the stats suggest that is what they will get.
Arsenal have won nine and lost none of the 12 Premier League home games against Bolton, with the Trotters last league win in north London coming back in January 1962.
Bolton have also conceded 13 goals in the opening five games of the season, and a back on song Arsenal attack should be able to reap rewards.
Although they had come to come from behind to beat Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup in midweek, there were plenty of positives in the performance and the win will surely have provided a much needed confidence boost.
Robin van Persie needs just two goals to reach his century for the Gunners and there would be no better time for him to achieve that milestone.
He is 4.2 chance to net the opener with Victor Chandler, and he is an obvious starting point for those playing in the first goal scorer markets.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was outstanding in midweek, could be worth a saver at 10 with Paddy Power and if Wenger decides to give him a start.
For those looking to play in the correct score markets, it’s worth bearing in mind that Arsenal have conceded more goals than any other Premier League club.
They definitely need to tighten up at the back, but they have managed to keep clean sheets in 8 of their last 12 games at the Emirates.
I expect them to win what promises to be a hard fought affair, and split stakes on a 2-0 victory at 7.5 with bet365 and Paddy Power, and 2-1 at a 8.5 with bet365 looks worth a punt.