Henry return not certain to get the goals flowing at the Emirates
Championship guests and Henry won’t bring back Arsenal’s swagger
Arsenal fans used to hand over their life savings for an Emirates season-tickets knowing what they were getting: four-goal strolls past Blackburn and Wigan and chastening defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea.
Things are a bit harder to call down at the home of Gunnersaurus nowadays but in a rare example of how unpredictability doesn’t always equal excitement, the zaniest results tend to be 1-1 draws with Fulham and Wolves.
Shockingly, the team once revered as the most exciting to watch in the country – thunder that many feel has been stolen by dastardly neighbours Tottenham – haven’t scored more than once in any of their last seven games.
The goals have been in as short supply as Park Chu-Young appearances at the Emirates too recently – not that we’re suggesting a correlation, necessarily – with only seven scored in the last five fixtures at the shiny stadium, and just four by Arsenal players.
So why do all the odds point to that changing against Leeds? They only scored one when held at home by the not-famous-anymore Whites last year, and that was a last-gasp penalty.
Simon Grayson’s men aren’t exactly prolificacy in football club form either, firing just four in their last five matches. In-play backers may be interested to note that the earliest that they have scored in that period is the 88th minute. Equally, they might not care in the slightest, in which case apologies.
Where’s all this talk about a lack of goals leading besides tempting you to alter your plans for this evening, you ask? Well, there are monster odds of 7/4 on under 2.5 goals on Betfair, which we rather recommend lapping up.