Arsenal-Southampton Betting Preview: Gunners should have too much firepower for solid Saints

Arsene Wenger's men slipped to defeat last time out, against Manchester United, but our tipster is backing the north Londoners to bounce back in style this weekend
After seeing their lead in the Premier League table reduced to two points before the international break, Arsenal will be keen to get back to winning ways when they take on high-flying Southampton at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners, beaten by Manchester United last time out, are chalked up as warm favourites at 4/7 (1.57) with bet365 to claim all three points from this weekend’s crunch clash.

Saints come into this encounter with the best defensive record in the league and, having already held United and beaten Liverpool on the road this term, they will be confident of springing a surprise in north London.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) with bet365 to win, while the draw is rated as a 3/1 (4.0) chance with the same firm.

It is worth noting, though, that the Saints are without a win in their last three games on their travels, including a 2-1 reverse at the hands of Sunderland in the Capital One Cup, although they did make plenty of changes for that game.

Arsenal have led at half-time and full-time in their last four Premier League matches on home turf and, should that pattern be repeated here, there may be value in backing the 7/5 (2.40) quote from bet365 for
Arsene Wenger’s side to lead at both half-time and full-time here.

Olivier Giroud has failed to net in any of his last six matches for club and country and can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) with bet365 to end his goal drought by breaking the deadlock against the Saints.

Better value, though, may lie in backing Arsenal’s mercurial midfielder Mesut Ozil to find the net this weekend.

Ozil is a chunky 9/1 (10.0) to break the deadlock but punters are, instead, advised to snap up the juicy 3/1 (4.0) quote from bet365 for the Germany international to score at any time on Saturday.

                BEST BET                                  VALUE BET
Arsenal to lead at half-time and full-time at 7/5 (2.40) 2pts stake with bet365 Mesut Ozil to score at any time at 3/1 (4.0) 1pt stake with bet365

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