Arsenal welcome Chelsea knowing that a defeat in this match could effectively ended their hopes of a top four finish considering that the Blues have been able to open up a six-point advantage in the last few weeks, while Manchester United have been on a splendid run of form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came to the club.
As a result, Arsenal will be quite cautious at committing men forward in the attacks but this has never been Unai Emery’s way. The former Sevilla manager, though, is likely to be helped by Chelsea’s lacklustre performance in the final third of the pitch due to injuries and poor form.
These two bitter rivals have endured a lot of close contests but this might can be a scrappy game. One in almost 3 meetings between these two teams at the Emirates Stadium have been able to conclude as draws and three in the last seven meetings have not produced any form of entertainment in the final third. As a result, a draw is at a fantastic price of 13/5.
Both teams have been possessing a lot of uncertainties over the last few weeks and this is especially pronounced in the case of Arsenal, who have been defensively poor. Even though there have been several goalless draws between these two teams, there is a greater likelihood of experiencing over to open three goals. For those who are feeling quite risky, the opportunity to back a goalless draw at 9.60 is quite tempting.
This game is certainly a six-pointer for the top four teams and it can be taken advantage of by the likes of Manchester United, who are at home during the weekend. Aware of this situation, the two teams will realise the stakes and try to avoid a defeat. The best option is to opt for a draw.