If there is one thing that no team wants it is for your opponents to be given a healthy dose of motivation days before a cup final and that is exactly what has happened to poor Chelsea.
The appalling treatment of Henrikh Mkhitaryan has given his teammates a huge incentive to win the Europa League, they want to win it for Micki and at this stage, any extra incentive can only help.
Of course, both teams will be totally prepared and when you get two teams so close in ability then sometimes it can come down to the tiniest of things that can make the difference and what has happened to Mkhitaryan is one of those “things”
I am always going to be biased but when it comes to my money I am very careful and while I am convinced we will beat Chelsea, I am much more certain now and that is going to be reflected in my betting on this game.
The astute punter is always looking for an edge and that edge can come in many different forms and as far as I am convinced, Arsenal now has a definite edge because of the Mkhitaryan situation.
I mean, it was not even a given that Micki would start the game, it can be argued that he is assisting us more now than if he was a starter.
I have already backed Arsenal to win and done a couple of other bets and I have not finished yet, I keep on amassing info, the latest team news, the latest odds movements and so on, I visit sites like Odds expert to keep me informed on the offers from the bookies in order to maximise my returns and at the right time I will strike and now that I feel Arsenal have that edge my confidence is sky high.
I am keeping my eye on what is called scorecasts, basically naming a goalscorer and the correct score, you can get huge odds on those type of bets for very little stakes.
I want to try and focus my next set of bets on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he has already stated his support for Mkhitaryan, he is on fire right now and I am certain he will score at some point in the game and I feel that if I mix him up in some combination bets that he will provide me with a few more winners.
Anyway, while I was furious with the Mkhitaryan situation when the news broke, I am not now, I am turning it to my own advantage in the same way the Arsenal players will do. There is no point dwelling on setbacks or feeling sorry for ourselves, we are far better off taking the positives from bad situations and that is exactly what I am doing now.