Turning their attention back to FA Cup duties after their European heartbreak in midweek, Arsenal will make the trip to League One high-flyers Portsmouth on Monday night.
Eventually falling short against Olympiakos thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at the Emirates on Thursday night, the Gunners saw there three-match winning run come to an abrupt end and were hit with their first defeat since opening the New Year.
On the flip side, putting in what was another rampant display and landing a 3-0 win over Rochdale on Friday night, the South Coast outfit have continued on what has been an eye-catching run of form in England’s third-tier.
With a spot in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley confirmed earlier in the month, the Blues have won four of their last five matchups across all competitions. However, Pompey do hold a worrying record against Monday’s guests.
Including back-to-back 4-1 defeats when the two sides last faced off back in 2009, Arsenal have won each of their last four meetings against Portsmouth and the Blues have not recorded a win over the Gunners since 1958.
Another victory for the Premier League outfit can be found priced at 1/2 with Ladbrokes.
Portsmouth smelling an upset
Continuing on what has been a remarkable run of form at Fratton Park on Friday night and picking up a 3-0 win over Rochdale, Portsmouth have continued on a stellar run of form since opening the New Year.
Climbing into the play-off positions and with a Championship return at the top of their agenda, Kenny Jacket’s men will undoubtedly still be boosted by their stunning comeback against Exeter in the FA Trophy a fortnight ago.
Coming from two goals down to secure their spot at Wembley, the former Millwall boss has seen his side win four of their last five matches across all competitions and their form on home soil has continued to impress many in League One.
With a growing reputation for their form in the final third and bagging a trio of strikes in each of their last three consecutive matches at Fratton Park, the Blues find themselves in the midst of a glittering nine-match winning run on the South Coast.
Even more impressive, Jacket’s side have not tasted defeat in front of their own supporters since an EFL Cup defeat against Premier League outfit and bitter rivals Southampton back on the 24th of September.
With the mood in their camp at a season-high, you might be interested to know that a shock Portsmouth victory can be found priced at 11/2 with Coral for Monday night.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal’s MVP
Watching Olympiakos grab the most dramatic of late winners in North London on Thursday night and crashing Arsenal out of the Europa League in heartbreaking fashion, the Gunners simply have their sights set on bouncing back on Monday night.
With the FA Cup now Mikel Arteta’s only chance to lift a piece of silverware in his first season at the Emirates, there is no doubt that Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man will be glad to see leading marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extend on what has been a remarkable run of form.
Bagging what turned out to be a consolation strike while on European duties on Thursday night, the Gabon ace has been Arsenal’s standout performer this season and has now recorded three goals in back-to-back appearances.
Also stealing the show and putting in a Man of the Match display against Everton last weekend, the Gunners’ skipper has now landed 20 goals across all competitions this season, including five goals in his seven matches in 2020.
With Arteta expected to name a strong starting XI on Monday night, you might be interested to know that Aubameyang can be found priced at 8/13 with Paddy Power to extend on his tally at Fratton Park.