|Arsenal to Win by 2 Goals||7/2||Bet 365|
|Arsenal to Win 3-1||11/1||BetHard|
Leicester City always seem to put in a pretty good showing at the Emirates Stadium, but the outcome tends to remain the same; Arsenal take three points - and that ain't about to change when they clash this Monday night.
It’s four wins from four at home to the Foxes by the Gunners, since the visitors were last promoted from the Championship, but the East Midlanders’ woes in the red half of North London are much more deep rooted than that.
You have to go back to the days of big hair and even bigger platform boots, September 1973 to be precise, for the last time Arsenal were beaten at home by Leicester. With that in mind, coupled with an impressive nine-match winning streak for Unai Emery’s men, the 11/2 (Bet365) on a Foxes triumph seems a tall order.
If you believe Claude Puel’s visitors will at least run the hosts close - and on their last visit they did lead 3-2 before succumbing 4-3 - then Jamie Vardy is certainly your best bet for a goal.
The evergreen striker is well rested after his retirement from international duty, well suited to exploiting the holes Arsenal’s defence leave in behind, and well respected in N5.
Vardy has bagged six goals from his last six starts against the Gunners (a club he spurned the advances of) and looks decent value at 2/1 (888 Sport) to score any time in Monday night’s encounter. He does love to save his goals up for games against the big boys.
Plenty has been made of Arsenal’s slowness out of the traps this term. They are one of only four clubs not to have led at half-time, but I sense this could be the evening that changes that trend.
Full of confidence, and no doubt determined to shrug off this reputation, I envisage Emery’s side racing into an early lead for once. After all, it’s not as if their opponents are first half specialists.
Leicester City have a 0-4 goals record in the opening 15 minutes of matches in 2018-19, and their half-time record away from home is scored one, conceded four. To me the 11/10 (Mansion Bet) backing Arsenal/Arsenal is a price well worth considering.
There is an added air of excitement in the North London air right now, that’s not solely related to results. The new Arsenal head coach opted to start the last match away to Fulham with a traditional 4-4-2 formation; a shape the majority of fans have been praying to see in action for ages.
With the outstanding Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both firing on all cylinders, it makes perfect sense to pair them together in certain matches, with the intention of blowing the opposition away.
While it was the Welbeck-Lacazette combo that got the nod at Craven Cottage, I’d expect Arsenal’s two main men to be paired together this time, and that’s a frightening prospect for Leicester City.
While Foxes fans may view Wes Morgan’s suspension as a blessing in disguise, it will be a severe test for Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans if the Gunners kick off with that front duo.
The one issue/drawback for Emery is what to do with fit-again Mesut Ozil? The German missed the last outing with a back spasm, and may sit this one out too if Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan retain their places.
If that’s the case (and it would be fair thing to do) then Arsenal will at least have serious quality that’s ready to be unleashed from the bench. On the back of his second half double at Fulham it’s hard to imagine Aubameyang not starting, so at 13/4 (888 Sport) to notch the first goal he may provide the value bet.
Like many matches at Emirates Stadium this season I do expect the game to ebb and flow, but ultimately Arsenal’s goal threat looks too fierce. My selection is Arsenal to win by two goals (7/2 Bet365) or if you’re after a more specific scoreline my pick would be a 3-1 home success (11/1 BetHard).