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This weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures commence with fifth place Arsenal’s trip to Wigan Athletic.
The Latics are currently in the relegation zone on goal difference having stretched their winless run to four games with defeat at Norwich City last weekend.
Their only win in their last seven games came against bottom of the table Reading four weeks ago, though victory this weekend could take them as high as fourteenth place should other results fall in their favour.
Roberto Martinez will be without several key players, with Adrian Lopez and James McCarthy joining Gary Caldwell, Antolin Alcaraz, and Ivan Ramis on the side-lines, while Ben Watson is out until at least February with a broken leg.
Top scorer Jordi Gomez is 14.0 (13/1) with Bet Victor to get the first goal of the game, while you can get odds of 4.5 (7/2) for him to hit the back of the net at any time during the game.
Wigan are as highly priced as 5.0 (4/1) for the victory, with Arsenal available at 1.75 (3/4). The draw is 4.0 (3/1) with Bet Victor.
The visitors 5-2 win at Reading last time out secured back to back league victories for the Gunners for only the second time this season; a third win here would elevate them to third place ahead of Tottenham and Chelsea’s fixtures later in the weekend.
Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury worries, with long term absentees Andre Santon and Abou Diaby still the only players missing.
Santi Cazorla bagged a hat-trick in that rout in Reading, and the Spaniard is available at 9.0 (8/1) to open the scoring.
The Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has stressed the importance of the Arsenal players sharing the goals between them rather than putting pressure on the strikers to score the goals. Arsenal relied a lot upon the Dutchman Robin van Persie to score goals last season. In fact, Robin van Persie has been one of the main reasons in helping Arsenal finish in the top four positions over the last two seasons. The Dutchman became the top scorer in the Premier league last time around, but he has since departed in a £ 24 million deal to Manchester United.
In his place, Arsenal signed to strikers in the form of Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud. However, both players have taken some time to settle at the club due to the fact that they were coming in from different leagues with the German Podolski coming from the German league and the Frenchman Giroud coming from the French league. Van Persie was responsible for scoring almost 50% of the goals for Arsenal at this stage of the last season. However, this time around, a number of players have been on the scoresheet for Arsenal, which is a good and important aspect for the club according to Podolski.
“Yes, it’s important to share the goals. Last season there was one guy, Robin van Persie, who scored 30 goals or more. Now we have four of five players who score five, six, seven or eight goals. I think this is important when a good player leaves the club, it’s important for some other players to score the goals,” said Podolski on the official website of the club. Despite the best efforts of Podolski and Giroud, Arsenal have been struggling in the Premier league and are currently just a few places above the 10th place.
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The Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has said that he has developed a as a player in the last few weeks and will be looking to prove his worth for Arsenal as long as he stays with the London club. After making an indifferent start to the Arsenal career, Lukas Podolski has scored a number of important goals in the last few weeks. It has helped Arsenal remain in touch with the leaders at the top of the table. However, the last few games have been extremely difficult for the club because they have been unable to create any chances and have consequently lost the matches.
The 2-0 defeat against Schalke in the Champions League was a second consecutive defeat suffered by the club following the 1-0 defeat against Norwich during the weekend. Podolski said that it was an extremely difficult match and he was extremely disappointed to lose the home match. He said that there was little to separate the two teams, but the fact that Schalke took the chances that came their way made the difference. As a result of this defeat, Arsenal now face an uphill task to finish in the top spot in their group.
“I expect myself to be a key player. I want to convince everyone that I can play a big part. But we’re still at the beginning of the season and we’ve only had 10 or 11 games. I’ve signed for four years and I hope I can have a successful time here. It was a typical 0-0 game. We missed a chance to win at home and this is our own fault. We’re playing at home and we’re a top team,” said Lukas Podolski after the match. Arsenal will be hoping to end the consecutive defeats in the tough home fixture against QPR during the weekend.
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The Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has said that he is extremely delighted to have opened his account for Arsenal in the most impressive fashion. Arsenal are coming into the third match of the season against Liverpool having drawn both the opening matches, while also scoring none. However, they managed a respectable 2-0 win over the Merseyside club to open their account for the new season. Lukas Podolski has been a disappointment in the first matches, but his goal against Liverpool provided Arsenal fans with a glimpse of this quality. After the match, he has said that he is extremely happy to score his first goal for the club and hopes that it continues.
The 26-year-old German international also said that he wants to replace Robin van Persie as the main striker at the club. Robin van Persie was one of the main goal scorers of Arsenal in the last few seasons, while the last one was exceptional with 37 goals in all competitions. Podolski has already targeted the achievements of Robin van Persie at the club. He feels that his opening goal is extremely important because it will relieve a lot of pressure from his shoulders, while allowing him to perform well in the remaining matches.
“When I’m on the pitch, I can win matches. I’m very happy to score my first goal at Liverpool with their amazing fans and stadium. I’m also very happy that we won and got the three points. You must always work hard in matches. You must fight, you must run and you must score goals. e played very well in the first two matches. But when you don’t have the three points, the press write that you play no good,” said Podolski after the 2-0 win over Liverpool that condemned the Merseyside club to the relegation zone.
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