As a chant it is uninspiring, unimaginative and at best, very dull. Now it’s even quite inaccurate.
‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ has been replaced with a slightly more comfortable scoreline as Arsene Wenger’s side have fallen into a healthy habit of winning games 2-0 this season. Seven of Arsenal’s 17 wins in the league this year – that’s a solid 41 per cent – have been by the 2-0 scoreline and it pays to back the Gunners keeping up that trend.
- If you backed the 2-0 correct score every week you would have more than doubled your money, showing a profit of 117 per cent.
- That means if you’d stuck a fiver on ‘Arsenal 2-0’ every league match you’d have £140 profit burning a hole in your wallet
- Paddy Power are best price on a whopping 72 per cent of over 14,000 correct score markets. That compares to just 29 per cent by Will Hill, 19 per cent by Ladbrokes and a shabby 16 per cent by Bet365. *Pats self on back and takes four-day holiday*
This weekend Arsenal travel to Liverpool (12.45pm) attempting to put 11 points between them and the Merseyside club. The 2-0 correct score is a massive 20/1, the average price all season has just been a little over 8/1.
The fact that Liverpool have lost just once at Anfield all season plays into the big odds, but Arsenal backers will be slightly more confident after reading the following stats.
- This corresponding fixture last year finished 2-0 to Arsenal, with Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla finding the onion bag
- The Gunners have beaten Liverpool 2-0 18 times in their history including seven times at Anfield
- Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of all of Arsenal’s wins over Liverpool have finished 2-0
It’s far from straightforward for punters backing another 2-0. Liverpool have averaged almost three goals a game at Anfield this season and since losing 1-0 to Southampton at home, they have dropped just two points and have scored 33 goals in just 10 games.
If you are brave enough to keep backing the 2-0 correct score though and fancy a bit of spice, there’s always the option of turning it into a scorecast.
Olivier Giroud is Arsenal’s top scorer and is 100/1 to open the scoring in a 2-0 win, while Santi Cazorla got the opener in this fixture at the Emirates, and has five goals in his last six games. It’s a 125/1 shot that the midfielder scores first in a 2-0 win for the Gunners.