Van the Man can fire Gunners to victory

Arsenal are a top priced 1/4 to beat Wolves at the Emirates today (3pm KO), and should have little difficulty bagging another three points against Mick McCarthy’s men.

The Gunners have improved out of all recognition since their slow start to the season, and despite still looking vulnerable at the back have put together an impressive run of results which has seen them climb to fifth in the table.

Arsene Wenger’s boys bounced back from a 1-0 defeat at Man city to beat Villa 2-1 away and maintain their challenge for a top four finish and this really should be easy pickings.

Robin van Persie will be relishing the prospect of terrorising the Wolves back-line, and this is surely a golden opportunity for him to possibly being able to set a new record for Premier League goals in a calender year.

The flying Dutchman moved onto 34 goals in 2011 by scoring from the spot at Villa Park, and now has just this game and the home match against QPR on New Year’s Eve to try and pass Alan Shearer’s record of 36.

He is surely worth sticking with in this game to get on the score sheet, as it has been a tried and tested formula that has paid handsome dividends for us so far this season.

The striker is a general 9/4 shot to net the opener and that certainly looks a bit of value. However even better value could be the 4/7 on offer with Boylesports for him to net during the 90 minutes. That may appear skinny enough at first glance but if Arsenal do win comfortably as expected then he will surely get his name on the scoresheet at some point and from a value pint of view I would rather back him in that market than take the 1/4 about Arsenal in the outright.

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