The much-vaunted Arsenal attack line will be as formidable as any other front line in the Premier League once Nicolas Pepe finds his feet, and the temptation will be to unleash them on a regular basis but there will be times when it is better to be more conservative and that will mean not playing the front three at the same time.
At home against the likes of Brighton, Norwich City etc. you would expect Unai Emery to field Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette at the same time and expect a good goal return, but on the road against the likes of Man City then a more careful approach has to be expected.
Pundits and former players, Paul Merson as an example have been going on about how good the Arsenal forward line is now, even comparing it with the likes of Liverpool’s formidable trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Shrewd punters appear to be in agreement and are waiting patiently for when Emery fields his front three at the same time when playing at the Emirates, they will smash into the Asian Handicap markets and back the Gunners to win by two-three or more goals.
Asian Handicap specialists Sbobet always put up great odds, and I will be keeping an eye on their markets when Emery puts out his front three in a Premier League match at home, against any visiting team.
Let’s take last season as an example, in 12 of their 18 Premier League home games they beat the opposition by at least two goals and that includes two-goal wins over Tottenham, Chelsea and Man Utd and that was without Nicolas Pepe.
So far this season they have played two home games and neither one was a win by a two-goal margin but it is still very early days and remember they did lose their opening game at home last season.
Obviously, away from home, it was a very different story and that is why I will be avoiding playing the Asian Handicap markets when Arsenal are on the road.
Away games are best left alone from a betting perspective until such a time that Arsenal have turned a corner, they got this season off to a great start with a win at St James Park and it is unfair to judge them based on the 3-1 loss at Liverpool, especially when the front three was not started at the same time.
But it is not the forward line that is cause for concern on the road, it is the defence and it will be at least two months before Emery is able to field his ideal backline that is all fully fit and at the top of their game.
So, as things stand right now, I am confident that backing Arsenal at home to beat their opponents by at least two goals is the way to go, while playing a waiting game away from home, until the Arsenal defence is more solid is the most sensible option.