Arsene Wenger’s men know that only a win will boost their chances of featuring in next season’s Champions League with closest rival Spurs breathing down their neck
Roberto Martinez’s side will hope to secure their English Premier League status at the Emirates, three days after their shock FA Cup success over Manchester City. This encounter is of paramount importance to both teams and will not be willing to drop points at this very crucial time.
Still fresh from their first FA Cup title, the Latics will be hoping to cause an upset just like they did against the Citizen in other to remain in the EPL next season.
With no injury worries for the Gunners, a win for them will see them inch nearer a top four finish which will heighten their possibility of joining Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City as England’s flag bearers in next years Uefa Champions Legaue.
They are huge favorites with Ladbrokes at 1/3 (1.33) to grab maximum three points off their visitors who will also represent England in next seasons’ Europa League. Martinez side are underdogs in this one as they are available with the same bookies to silence their hosts at 15/2 (8.5), while the draw is pegged at 4/1 (5.00).
Although Wenger will be without Olivier Giroud who will be serving the final match of his three-game ban, he will be banking on Lukas Podolski to wreck necessary havoc against the visiors, and he is a 9/2 (5.5) bet to find the back of the net first on Tuesday night and 6/5 (2.2) to net at any time.
Looking at the goalscorers market, it seems Arsenal players are tipped to do all the scoring, but should the Lactics finally get the chance to score, it will come off the boots of Ivorian striker, Arouna Kone at 10/1 (11.00).
However, Roberto Martinez remains without Ronnie Stam, Jean Beausejour and Maynor Figueroa who are all out due to one form of injury or the other.
Arsenal have scored 43 goals at home in the Premier League this season, so backing them to win with over 1.5 goals at 1/3 (1.33) proves to be mouth watering offer for punters.
It will be recalled that the previous game between the two sides was settled 1-0 in Arsenal's favour thanks to a penalty from Mikel Arteta.