Our first 15 to 1 bet and we’re off to the DW where Wigan entertain Arsenal. Here’s what our pundits felt about the game.
Arsenal cruised past Reading on Monday and travel to Wigan full of renewed confidence. Cazorla oozes class and the double axis of Arteta and Wilshere should be the envy of any club in the league. If Walcott can build on his impressive first game as the central striker, then he may prove the final piece in the jigsaw for the Gunners. Wigan have been equally unpredictable this season and are more than capable of giving Arsenal a tough game, but with no game on Boxing Day, I think the Gunners will be able to put everything into another winning performance. This game also provides the opportunity for my first Asian Handicap on NitR as promised in our ‘About’ section!
The Human Toothpick:
A big win against Reading on Monday has, for the time being, calmed the calls for change at Arsenal -despite the relative ease of opposition. I don’t expect Wigan to be such push-overs, but they’ve never managed to turn the DW in to much of a fortress and I can see (new front man) Theo and co. using the big pitch to stretch Boyce and the rest of Wigan’s rather patched up backline. James McCarthy will be a big miss if sits this one out, and given the Latics have won just one of their last seven Premier League games, while only keeping two clean sheets all season I fully expect them to continue their bottom three form that’s seen them lose 10 out of their 17 so far this term…
Arsenal’s midfield trio are really starting to tick as we reach the busy Christmas period and Theo Walcott, in a new advanced role, is trying to add as much pressure onto current contract negotiations as he can. The club have got a run of very winnable games and with nothing on boxing day because of the strike action, Arsene Wenger has no fears over tired players and managing workloads. I expect them to run out comfortable winners against a Wigan side, who are well organised, but have struggled for form in the last couple of weeks.
Bet 1 – Arsenal to win @ 1.75 – Stake £25