Rob Eddy's tips for Tuesday night's clash at Kenilworth Road include a comfortable win for the Gunners with goals at both ends.
Arsenal have an opportunity to go five points clear at the Premier League summit on Tuesday when they take on struggling Luton at Kenilworth Road.
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Gunners can extend winning run
Arsenal were guilty of a bad-tempered overreaction to last month’s controversial 1-0 loss away to Newcastle, but they have responded with five successive victories and should have few problems getting the better of Luton at Kenilworth Road.
The Premier League title race is fascinatingly poised after the recent dip from champions Manchester City, who have gone three matches without a win.
Just seven points cover the top six teams but Arsenal are leading the way and they head to Luton with a great opportunity to crank up the pressure on the teams beneath them.
Mikel Arteta’s side are in first place despite not reaching the levels of last season’s blistering start.
They have had a few issues at the top end of the pitch with Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus missing games through injury and Bukayo Saka easing his way into the campaign.
However, the Gunners head to Luton with a full-strength attack and should quickly expose an injury-hit Hatters’ defence, weakened by the losses of injured centre-backs Reece Burke and Mads Andersen, with Tom Lockyer and Teden Mengi also doubtful after being forced off at the weekend.
Luton gave up 27 shots during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Brentford and their patched up rearguard is likely to be picked apart by the Gunners, who can establish a first-half lead and take maximum points.
Speedy Saka can keep on creating
England attacker Bukayo Saka made a fairly slow start to the campaign but his performance levels have picked up and he looks an obvious threat to the struggling Hatters.
Saka broke the deadlock in Saturday’s 2-1 success at home to Wolves and he is Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions with eight goals.
However, his creative qualities have been one of the defining factors in Arsenal’s recent resurgence.
The 22-year-old has laid on four goals in his last five Gunners appearances and looks a tempting 9/5 shot to provide at least one assist in Bedfordshire.
Honest Hatters can play their part
Luton have not lacked spirit or intent in the majority of their Premier League matches and they can contribute to the midweek entertainment by getting on the scoresheet.
The Hatters’ direct style of play has unsettled a lot of visiting teams, including Liverpool, who played out a 1-1 draw in Bedfordshire last month.
Rob Edwards’s side have scored in six of their seven home matches this season and the exception – a 1-0 loss at Tottenham – was slightly unfortunate after they missed some excellent chances.
Luton are aware of their limitations but they also know their strengths, particularly from free-kicks and corners, and can find the back of Arsenal’s net.