Betting Spy: More pain for Arsenal at Sunderland

Grant Prior 12 years ago

It seems wrong to intrude on private grief with a money making plan.

But opposing Arsenal this weekend has to be the call after that horror show in Milan added even more wrinkles to Arsene Wenger’s furrowed brow.

The Gunners could have shipped six. And the damage to their notoriously fragile confidence could be irreparable.

I’d like to have been a fly-on-the-wall in the front rooms of Adams, Bould or Keown as the Arsenal defence just watched as high balls were allowed to bounce in their own box.

Basic mistakes were made all over the San Siro pitch as AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic was made to look like a world beater.

Now the Swede has many admirers, but has usually done nothing but disappoint when up against an English back four.

But not on Tuesday. The Arsenal back line were bullied by the centre forward and pulled all over the place by Man City reject Robinho.

As for the Arsenal attack – what can you say?

Even Van Persie can’t score without the ball and Theo Walcott is so one-dimensional he could slide under a door.

Italian full backs learn how to handle push and run at a fairly early age, and Walcott seems to have little more to his game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seems a talent and a rare glimmer of hope in the Highbury gloom.

And things are set to get even worse this weekend when Arsenal visit Sunderland in the FA Cup.

Martin O’Neill felt last week’s league defeat by Arsenal was harsh on his side and will be going all out to make the visitors suffer.

Now O’Neill is great man manager and tactically very astute.

But his team talk won’t be too tricky on Saturday. A video of the San Siro surrender should be enough.

Play at a high tempo, punt the odd long ball down the wing and put pressure on the centre halves should do it.

Now Sunderland are no AC Milan. But Paddy Power is dangling just under 2s at 19/10 for a home win and that will do for me.

Our double came in last week so let’s play-up our winnings on Sunderland and have a little interest on an in-form Birmingham side who are too big at 10/1 to beat unsettled Chelsea.

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