Arsenal v West Brom: Gunners’ to continue their comeback

Arsenal’s good form continues and they are a top priced 1.44 to beat West Brom at the Emirates and carry on their march up the Premiership table.

Arsene Wenger’s men are now unbeaten in last six matches in all competitions and come into this following a fantastic 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

That win made it three wins on the bounce in the Premiership and took them into seventh place in the table – just three points off a top four position.

The Gunners actually lost this fixture last season 2-3 after finding themselves 0-3 down at one point, but they come into this on a charge and are expected to gain their revenge.

Robin van Persie made it 28 goals in his last 27 league games with a fantastic hat-trick against Chelsea, and he will surely be relishing the prospect of terrorising the Baggies defence.

He did us a massive favour when scoring last week at a juicy 3.3 to net anytime, and there is no reason not to stick with him again.

The flying Dutchman is a standout 4.33 with bet365 to net the opener, and that has to be worth a punt given that he is generally a 3.75 shot.

Unfortunately there is no odds-against available about him netting anytime during the 90 minutes this weekend, with 1.73 the best price on offer with bet365 and Boylesports.

That looks fair and well worth a few quid, but I think I may have found a more attractive betting opportunity in when the first goal is scored.

There have been four goals scored in the opening 10 minutes of the last four league meetings between Arsenal and West Brom, and the Baggies have scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes (five) than any other Premier League team this term.

Paddy Power go 1.91 that a goal is score in the first 22 minutes, and the stat suggests that’s a great bet.

However they also go 4 about a goal in the first 10 minutes while bet365 offer 4.5 about the opener coming between 11 and 20 minutes.

Therefore if you are prepared to sacrifice a couple of minutes you could back both offers with split stakes you will get a better return on your investment.

If the first one cope you get even money (2), while the latter will pay 2.2 – compared to 1.91 for a goal in the first 22 minutes.

I fully expect Arsenal to win this, and for those that like to play the correct score market 3-1 looks the value bet at a 11 with bet365, Boylesports and Betfred.

26 Responses to “Arsenal v West Brom: Gunners’ to continue their comeback”

  1. Dave
    November 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Arse 1 Baggies 3

  2. Oli
    November 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Haha! Dave you’re a funny guy 🙂

  3. pires
    November 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    they beat us at the grove last year ffs. the complacency on here is staggering . we need to be organised and play quicker football . as long as RVP and Rambo start we should be fine. expect a tense 2-1

  4. steve
    November 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    They beat us because we had a fucking clown in goal. Also just because they got one result doesn’t mean they’re suddenly a team to be feared.

    Different manager, different circumstances. Last year they were on a roll under Di Matteo, freshly promoted and full of confidence. Now they’ve had a rotten start (sorry, a wotten start), produced a spineless display against the Mickeys and will be out to defend with their lives.

    I’ll be having my usual 0-0 bet, with a side bet on the first goal being in the 81-90 minute period at around 25s or 33s. Mind you I lost that one after 20 odd seconds against Sunderland

  5. sistable
    November 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    In really thought that I’d already run out of patience with Arshavin, but somehow I’ve just found a little bit more to run out of! Now he’s saying that he knows he hasn’t been great (understatement of both this and last century) because he’s used to being the main tool of the team, not just one of the tools. If it makes you feel any better Arsh, I think you are very much a tool, but I probably mean that differently to what you were talking about. Whatever other problems you’re having with your game, whether it’s lack of confidence, the system or being played out of position, there is absolutely no excuse for just not bothering.

  6. leftcoastgooner
    November 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    @Steve They scored 5 on us at home and 4 away last year. We got one point out of a possible 6.
    I’m going with pires on this one I think we will win but 2-0 or 2-1. If we get off to a good start maybe it won’t be so hard but the team looked tired against OM in the midweek match so there are bound to be some changes. BFG may get his first day off since joining us that means either TV5 and Kos or Kos and JD. neither pairing has had a great go of it so a clean sheet will be a big ask.
    I have no idea of who will play up front. Robin again or Park/Arshavin? Does Chamahk even figure for us anymore? Poor fellow I feel bad for him at least he continues to try. If he could only get a break like a goal going in of his bum or something. he could reaqlly use a lift. Oh well, at least he’s still getting a check.
    COYG!!!!!!

  7. terrysgunners
    November 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    just retd from a cruise holiday and caught the game.i was in coruna on sat when i heard the chelsea result and i must be honest i could not believe,yes to conceding 3 gls but scoring 5 was not real. i still feel however that wenger needs to address the weaknesses we have and not continue to stay loyal to players not good enough for us. i was not a fan of eboue but he is better than jenkinson or santos,cj is not ready yet and santos can go forward but defensively he looks hopless. sagna wont be back for a couple of months yet and im not sure about gibbs. i believe our best central partnership is kos and tv as metersacker is too slow and when exposed one on one he never wins the ball.midfield to is a problem as jw is a big loss and diaby is never fit. up front we desparately need a striker as without rvp we are in deep trouble,there is no creditable back up. i wished i could be more positive about my club but we still need 3/4 players to make us competitive,last night we are blaming the effort we put in sats game,when will aw wake and admit its not tiredness,its lack of quality in defense,midfield and the striking dept.if we can hang on till jan perhaps aw will do something but i seriously doubt that.

  8. Leroy
    November 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    The stalemate at the Emirates was further proof of what we all know: Arsenal need at least a couple of exceptional players if they are to become contenders for major trophies again. No doubt the Marseilles fans will say the same about their own club; two good sides battling it out and neither with any realistic hope of winning CL. Opinions will differ about who Arsenal need. My own view is that in Ramsay and Wilshere (when he returns) we already have two exceptional midfielders. Another would be a welcome bonus but more important in January would be an out and out goal-scoring striker with RVP (another exceptional player) in the Bergkamp role. The defence is improving (Cszesny amd TV both exceptional) and with Sagna and Gibbs returning might even become very good, but even so in January another outstanding (and versatile) defender is an absolute priority. A team that is forced to rely on players like Djourou and Arshavin is unlkely to win anything.

  9. berlio
    November 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    I have to say, it was not Arsenal’s best performance agaisnt Marseille. I definitely think that Robin should have started the game and this game was quite important for us, we can clearly see after Wenger’s reaction when the referee blew the final whistle. Defensively, we were not great in the first half but we still looked quite stable and dominant. I believe that Park needed support up front and at the moment, I cannot see him playing as a lone striker, due to the fact that he was dropping back and looking for the wide players (Walcott and Gevinho) most of the time. The second half was more promising and we defended much better. Mertesacker has had a much better game but I still believe that he needs to improve and has not quite yet adapted himself to the english game. It seems that he puts in better performances agaisnt teams from other leagues around europe, perhaps because the football is not played at the tempo to that of the premier league. I am extremely glad to see Vermealen back, he definitely has the figure of the leader and it was good to see him control the defence today. I still believe that Wenger needs to bring in another forward, because if Van Persie is not able to play, we do not currently have any forwards in form at the moment. Let’s just hope that he stays injury free and he continues to shine like he has done this season. It was not the poorest of results and at least we have improved in a way, defensively, by keeping a clean sheet, well done! Now let’s move on, focus on the next game and bounce back this weekend agaisnt West Brom! Common Arsenal! GUNNERS FOR LIFE!

  10. Chinedu
    November 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    I think RVP & arshavin should start.No much aeriel threats-koscienly,TV5,djourou.I think west brom are good on d wings & weak in midfield.We control d MF,cut off any through balls,apply more pressure on d wings 2 cut out dr attack.A win may not be far away.

  11. Chinedu
    November 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    I think Afc is interested in Albiol & real madrid in sagna,lets make it a swap deal.koscienly can play d much needed fatherly role for jenkinson@RB

  12. Frankie
    November 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Come on Arsenal, lets build on that great win at Stamford Bridge!!!

  13. ^_^GUNNER^_^
    November 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    @Chinedu: Swap Sagna ??!! You should start watching games regularly mate 🙂

  14. the flyindutchmen
    November 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Pires,you might just be on da money,but I feel this isn’t the same west brom like last season,just hard type of players that can pull up a result,last season our boys were just too predictable n some just plain below ordinary players that were playing
    Leftcoastgooner,well u just keep that caffeine coming nescafe if that your choice ,west brom shouldn’t be a banana skin like newcastle but I do believe the gunnars should be weary of the counter attack.

  15. the flyindutchmen
    November 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    My choice

    Szczney

    Jenikensen. Vermeulen. Koscienly. Santos

    Song. rosicky

    Arteta

    Gervinho. Park

    Rvp
    Subs chamakh,walcott,djourou,arshavin will breathe fresh air once the team is a few goals up

  16. Joe-Arsenal
    November 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    If we are to finish in the top four these are the kind of games we need to be winning often. Obviously a cruise to three points would be lovely, preferably with a couple of players other than van Persie scoring, but I would take a desperate last-minute winner if it meant 3 points.

  17. 1NilToTheArsenal
    November 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I said after the Chelsea game that it was now official: we longer suck. Our guys need to show us the difference between last and this year and between August and November of this campaign by coming back strong after such an emotional and draining performance at Chelsea and the tough game against OM on Tuesday.

    Looks like Man City are not dropping points anytime soon. Man U is in the thick of celebrating Fergie’s 25th anniversary so there’s no way they’ll lose this weekend, and Chelsea will surely get their mojo back sooner than later. To say nothing of Newcastle, Spurs and Liverpool. As Joe-Arsenal said, we simply MUST WIN against teams like the Baggies. If are to continue to salvage this season, we cannot drop points before the others in the top places.

    If RvP continues to stay healthy and we can manage his on-pitch minutes, I couldn’t give a toss if no other Arsenal player scores a goal this year. It’ll bring him that much closer to the Golden Boot. The man is having a season for the ages (not that FIFA seems to recognize it, having left his name off the list for the Ballon D’Or).

    3-nil to the Arsenal. Szczny gets a clean sheet, van Persie gets a brace sandwiching a goal by Arteta, and we all celebrate for another week. You read it here first.

    Up the Arsenal…

  18. leftcoastgooner
    November 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    I’m with you 1-nil but I want Park to score also.
    We’ve done well with Chelsea in a game we addmitedly weren’t suppose to win. Now can we win the ones we’re supposed to.

  19. Goonerfromafar
    November 5, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Dude, when did this site become a betting website… more analysis and less betting info please!

  20. Isaac Yohane
    November 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I think that the team has greatly improved and lets be optimistic that this will continue. I’m of of the view that we need a world class player who can be dependable like RVP.

    For todays game i feel we have 95% of winning.

    Gunners woye!e!

    Once a gunner always a gunner

  21. dennis10
    November 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Since we have had our November in August, since the team seems to be coming together, since Van the man seems unstoppable and since Verminator is back, hopefully it will all mean three points in the bag.

  22. Opus
    November 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Team in full: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Song, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie (c).

    Substitutes: Fabianski, Djourou, Mertesacker, Benayoun, Rosicky, Arshavin, Park.

  23. voley_gun
    November 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    The difference is our new addition Gervinho along with improvising Walcott and Ramsey.

    I see Vanpersie is doing what he is always capable of and nothing new for the goals. With Arshavin losing his form and walcott lacking confidence to shoot ,our team attack was primarily Van Persie .But now with Gervinho threatening every move like old Rosicky cutting towards goal and unpredictable, Walcott getting his confidence back , defenders worry a lot and give our captain space to showcase his abilities.

    The team has changed his style a lot where now it looks like our forward attack is ready to shoot from any distance.

    Ramsey has been a revelation ,both creative and in attack.

    If Arteta gets back his best form along with our back four defense, we really can go for the title.

    Our Wing attack is strong with Benayoun,OxladChamberlan and Arshavin

    Still injuries are a cause of concern,if team loses van persie as we are not sure about park.

  24. Opus
    November 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Great guys, keep it up.

  25. billi
    November 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    great great great, *smile*

  26. leftcoastgooner
    November 7, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    It sure was nice to have a post to post clean sheet win without having to white knuckle sweat out the last 10 minutes. If only S**** could have lost at Fulham today it would have been the perfect weekend. However, 3-0 and eight of nine and four in a row in the league will do very nicely heading into the break.
    Last year about this time we spent the week bickering with each other about who we need to sign and who has to go… Or was that just last September?
    Time sure flies when your team is winning games.
    Come On You Gunners!!!

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