Theo Walcott has a terrific record at finding the net at the Emirates Stadium in north London derbies where his dynamic style proves invaluable during notoriously goal crazy matches.
He’s scored three times in his last two home matches with Tottenham.
Both of those games produced seven goals and 13 of the last 14 league matches between Spurs and Arsenal have gone over 2.5 goals.
Punters can get 11/17 on this latest clash providing more than two goals.
It’s probably wise to ignore the 6/1 quotes about Walcott in the first goalscorer market though and concentrate ploughing into the 9/5 odds on him scoring at any time.
Walcott’s three previous strikes against Spurs have come late in the game when Arsenal were employing electric counter-attacking tactics, revolving around his lightning speed and cool finishing ability.
He scored the fourth and fifth goals in their 5-2 victory in 2012 before firing in the final goal of another 5-2 romp last season.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas showed in last season’s clash at the Emirates that he’s not scared of Arsenal’s threat to get in behind his defence.
Under the former Chelsea boss, Spurs always push high up the pitch – home and away – shutting down space between the lines, but opening up the possibility of the opposition breaking the offside trap.
Walcott is by no means the complete footballer, but if teams allow him grass to run into he has the weapons to punish them.
The physicality of Spurs’ midfield bruisers Mousa Dembele, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho will try to make it difficult for Arsenal trio Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla to successfully thread passes in behind the Spurs back four to Walcott.
But in Cazorla, the Gunners have the Premier League king of the through-ball.
The Spaniard played 30 successful through-balls last season with nobody else managing more than 17.
A high proportion of those passes were fed to Walcott, whose pace has the capabilities to cause Tottenham’s high line problems.