Arsenal must beat Blackburn, but can they overtake Chelsea in the next month?

Arsenal need to get back to winning ways in the league and they are a top priced 1.3 with Betfred to just that in their game against Blackburn at the Emirates.

The Gunners have not won any of their last four games in the Premiership and currently sit in seventh place as a result.

That is the lowest they have been in the table at this stage of the season since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996, and three points are vital if they are to close the game on fourth placed Chelsea to try and automatically qualify for the Champions League.

They are currently five pints behind the Blues, and given that their next four league games after this are against a rejuvenated Sunderland on Wearside, Tottenham at home, Liverpool at Anfield and Newcastle back at the Emirates, they simply can’t afford not to win this.

So far as the stats are concerned they really should to the business against Rovers.

The Gunners had won the last seven successive home league games against the Lancashire outfit – scoring 25 goals – prior to their goalless draw last season.

They have also not lost in seven home games against sides from the bottom half of the league, winning five and drawing two.

So everything points to a win, and the question we now need to ask is who will bag the opener and fire them to that victory.

Well there are two players who have particularly good records in fixtures between the two sides

Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in 12 games in all competitions against Blackburn, while Mikel Arteta has scored five goals in the Premier League against them.

The former is a 3.5 chance with Betfred and Paddy Power to net first, while Arteta is a tasty looking 10 with bet365 and Betfred.

I would suggest split stakes on both to hopefully secure a decent profit.

Arsenal have also generally managed to keep clean sheets at home against “weaker” opposition and the 2.1 with Paddy Power about them doing so again also looks a bit of value.

I fancy them to win 2-0, and that’s a standout 7 with Boylesports.

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