Arsenal could not ask for a better game after the week they’ve just had. Surely they can’t slip up at ‘Boro, can they?
Arsene Wenger is being pilloried once again following the 3-0 humiliation at Crystal Palace, but the good news is Middlesbrough have failed to score on an incredible 15 occasions this season.
It’s form like that which leaves them in a relegation dogfight. It goes without saying that both teams are not likely to score, though it remains to be seen whether Arsenal can win comfortably.
The Gunners are at 7/4 to win either 1-0, 2-0, or 2-1. Middlesbrough don’t usually get thrashed, as their main tactic seems to be putting everyone behind the ball, so Wenger shouldn’t be faulted if his side win by just one goal – though the fans might not be so forgiving if they don’t see a proper performance from Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez shouldn’t be exempt from criticism. That’s finally hitting home after a few underwhelming performances from the wantaway Chilean, but inevitably, he’s still among the favourites to score first at 100/30. Olivier Giroud is next at 7/2, but it seems likely that Wenger will plump for Danny Welbeck again and introduce the Frenchman from the bench.