February 24 2018

Arsenal win amid Cologne chaos; Fast start for Milan

February 24 2018, 05:39 | Sammy Rose

Police patrol outside the Emirates Stadium prior to the match between Arsenal and Cologne

Police patrol outside the Emirates Stadium prior to the match between Arsenal and Cologne

That is the opinion of pundit and former Arsenal forward Paul Merson. The day has been appropriately tagged, Super Sunday.

"Arsenal are a big rival for the title", he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"Overall, since their first home defeat, they have played three hard teams and won their games, so it looks again like they will fight for the Premier League".

"We try to play with an identity and if you want to give an identity to your team, every single player needs to know very well your idea of football", Conte added.

"I hope to finish the game with 11 players", Conte said.

The Blues are overwhelming favourites to win the game, and they are available at 4/5 odds. Antonio Conte failing to get his transfer targets, followed up by an opening day 3-2 loss at home to Burnley, had fans worrying it was going to be another "Mourinho season". The North London side haven't won an away game against a top-six side since January 2015.

We are backing a home win in this game as our prediction as we can't see the Gunners getting anything out of this game. Arsenal have gone 13 years without winning the English title and last season failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Silva went on to complete his hat-trick after the break before Suso's long-range effort completed the rout.Hoffenheim, who lost to Liverpool in the Champions League play-offs but beat Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last weekend, suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Portuguese side Braga in Group C despite Sandro Wagner giving them the lead.

The Gunners are four points off the pace of Premier League leaders Manchester United and Manchester City on 10 points, with the Blues a point behind on nine. But I think now he's a complete player - he's a top player with the ball, without the ball. That one win came last season - 3-0 at the Emirates in September.

The bookmakers are also offering new Betfair sign-ups the chance to get 25/1 enhanced odds (max bet £1) on Chelsea to beat Arsenal in their London derby.

Kolasinac levelled less than four minutes after coming off the bench and Alexis Sanchez, a surprise starter ahead of a trip to Chelsea on Sunday, scored a marvellous solo goal before Hector Bellerin secured the win late on. They can not afford to suffer yet another loss when they travel to Manchester and will have to show up or get tossed aside by the red devils, a team that has been scoring goals for fun so far this season.

"Anything can happen and for this reason we must pay great attention".

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