Seeley’s Selections – Arsenal v Newcastle
Arsenal v newcastle
All is not well at the Emirates and the “Wenger Out” brigade will be in full force on Saturday evening when Arsenal host in-form Newcastle in North London.
Arsene Wenger has been a man under some increasing pressure over the last couple of seasons and every time his back is up against the wall, he always gets a shift out of his players, and I think it will continue again in this one.
Last weekend’s 3-2 defeat, after being 4-0 down against Stoke, was as low as it gets for Gunners fans but then just three days later, they travel to Galatasaray and produce one of their performances of the season to win 4-1.
It’s been no surprise to me that Arsenal’s recent bad run in the Premier League was due to the loss of Laurent Koscielny and if he plays in this one, they win.
Wenger will be without Callum Chambers who is suspended but he does welcome back Mathieu Debuchy from injury who looks set to start against his former side.
Arsenal are just at 4/9 to win this one with Boylesports which is very short when you consider their opponents have won seven of their last nine matches, and although I expect them to win I couldn’t get involved at such short quotes.
Alan Pardew has done a fantastic job at St James’ Park where he looked a certainty to be the pundit for this match in the Sky studio rather than in the Emirates dug-out. Last week they ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season but the problem for Newcastle backers at Boylesports’ 7/1 is they “never” beat Arsenal at the Emirates.
The Gunners have only lost once in their last 14 home meetings to the Magpies and there has been some heavy defeats in that period as well.
Now that the Wenger boys are getting players (defensive) back, I really can see a comfortable night’s work for them in this one. Instead of taking the 4/9 on them just to win, I’m all over the 11/8 with Boylesports on them to win to “nil” which looks a much sexier alternative.
There has been a staggering 26 goals in this fixture in the last seven meetings and I expect goals again, but only for the home team.
A 3-0 Gunners win is available at Boylesports’ 17/2 and with four wins in the last seven years by that score-line, that’s a wager again.
Olivier Giroud loves playing Newcastle the Frenchman has netted in four of the last four clashes between the two and is 9/2 to open the scoring here. Don’t forget DOUBLE BUBBLE – double odds if your winning first goalscorer selection scores within the first 20 minutes of the game!
Arsenal to win to nil @ 11/8
Arsenal to win 3-0 @ 17/2