After an international break spent discussing Arsene Wenger’s future rather than the games on show, the Frenchman’s side have responded admirably. Even the most frustrated of Arsenal fans would find it difficult to complain about a spirited 2-2 draw with Manchester City and routine 3-0 win over West Ham, and they’ll be keen to continue their resurgence as they visit Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Waiting for them, however, will be a Big Sam side enjoying something of a renaissance of their own. Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat as Southampton may have burst the bubble slightly, but spirits must still be high in the camp after 4 wins in their last 5.
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Our Ultimate Form Guide (above) suggests this could be an incredibly tight after, with the two sides coming out on top in 5 and 6 out of 15 key statistical areas respectively.
In defense, both sides will be disappointed with recent form despite having kept 4 clean sheets in their last 10 games. Records of 1.3 and 2.1 goals against per game leave plenty to be desired, although it must be said that Arsenal look significantly the weaker of the two.
In attack, however, the Gunners are far more potent and look to have a serious advantage. They’re averaging more shots on goal, more goals per game and have a far higher conversion rate.
Overall, it looks like clean sheets won’t be the order of the day. Both sides are liable to concede, but it’s Arsenal who look best placed to outscore their opponents. With a top 4 chase in full swing and their wealth of attacking talent, the smart money remains on Arsenal to take all 3 points here.
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