Arsenal vs Luton LIVE commentary: Gunners can reclaim Premier League top spot by extending 15-year record – kick-off time, team news and talkSPORT coverage

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Arsenal can briefly reclaim their spot at the top of the Premier League table when they return home to host Luton Town this evening.

The Gunners surrendered their grip on first to Liverpool after holding champions Manchester City to a 0-0 draw at the weekend.

Arsenal earned a vital draw at the Etihad

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Arsenal earned a vital draw at the EtihadCredit: Getty

Mikel Arteta’s men are now two adrift of the Reds but play before them in the midweek round of games and can set down a marker.

However, Luton proved to be one of Arsenal’s toughest fixtures this season, with the club needing a goal from Declan Rice in the seventh minute of stoppage time to seal a 4-3 win in December.

The Hatters will be back in north London for the second time in a matter of days, having slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.

Rob Edward’s side took the lead against Arsenal’s neighbours, but their latest loss kept them in the relegation zone on goal difference.

Arsenal vs Luton: Home comforts

The Gunners only need to extend their unblemished record against 2022-23 Championship sides this year to reclaim top spot.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 38 Premier League home games against promoted sides (W33 D5), winning each of the last nine.

Their outstanding streak against newly promoted teams dates back to Hull City’s shock 2-1 comeback upset win in September 2008.

Arsenal have won all five of their league games against promoted sides this season, netting at least three goals each time.

The most combined goals any side has scored against promoted teams in a Premier League campaign is 24 – by Arsenal in 2012-13.

Expect this title race to go right to the wire

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Expect this title race to go right to the wireCredit: talksport
  • Following their 4-3 win at Kenilworth Road in December, Arsenal are looking to complete their first league double over Luton since the 1983-84 campaign.
  • Luton have conceded at least twice in each of their last 11 away league games against Arsenal, losing the last 10 in a row (D1). This is their first visit to the Gunners since a 2-0 loss in August 1991.
  • Luton have scored in each of their last 18 Premier League games, the longest ongoing scoring streak in the competition. However, they’ve won just four of these 18 matches, and are winless in their last nine (D3 L6).

Arsenal vs Luton: Team news

Bukayo Saka is set to hand the hosts a huge fitness boost, with Arteta revealing he limped out off the Etihad pitch with only slight fatigue.

Gabriel Martinelli made his comeback in that game off the bench and could now start, with Jurrien Timber the remaining injury absentee.

Luton meanwhile will be without Arsenal loanee Albert Sambi Lokonga, who is not eligible to play against his parent club.

The club’s horror injury crisis was worsened last time out, with Reece Burke, Alfie Doughty and Tahith Chong all sustaining knocks.

The Hatters are already without Tom Lockyer, Amari’i Bell, Marvelous Nakamba, Elijah Adebayo, Dan Potts, Mads Andersen, Chiedozie Ogbene, Jacob Brown, and Gabriel Osho.

Luton are waiting on their first Premier League win since January

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Luton are waiting on their first Premier League win since JanuaryCredit: AFP
  • With eight goals and four assists, Arsenal captain Martin Ødegaard has been involved in 12 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances against promoted sides.
  • Having provided just one assist (0 goals) in his first eight Premier League home games for Arsenal, Kai Havertz has now been involved in four goals in his last five at the Emirates Stadium (3 goals, 1 assist).
  • Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus turns 27 on the day of this game. He scored on his 24th birthday for Manchester City against Leicester, and could become the first player to score a Premier League goal on his birthday for two different clubs.

Arsenal vs Luton: What has been said?

Arteta was quizzed on what the club’s 0-0 draw at the Etihad does for the morale during the remainder of the title run-in.

He said: “It generates belief.

“It continues momentum and the good position that we’re in.

“The fact that the boys are there and they want more and they’re demanding individually from themselves saying ‘I could have done better, I haven’t done this as well as when we trained’ that tells you just how much the boys want it.

“We’ll try our best to continue what we’re doing.”

Rice was the hero for Arsenal as they sealed a 4-3 win over Luton in December

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Rice was the hero for Arsenal as they sealed a 4-3 win over Luton in DecemberCredit: AFP
  • Luton have taken just four points from 24 available from evening kick-offs (7pm or later) in the Premier League this season (W1 D1 L6), with their sole victory coming at home to Brighton in January (4-0).
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 38 Premier League home games against promoted sides (W33 D5), winning each of the last nine. The only promoted sides to win away at the Gunners in their first ever season in the competition are Blackburn Rovers (1992-93), West Ham United (1993-94) and Hull City (2008-09).
  • Arsenal have won nine of their last 10 Premier League home games (L1), winning the last four in a row by an aggregate score of 14-3. They’ve won 5-0 twice at the Emirates this season (vs Sheffield United and Crystal Palace), last winning more home league games by 5+ goals in a single campaign in 2000-01 (3).

Arsenal vs Luton: talkSPORT coverage 

This Premier League clash will take place on Wednesday, April 3. 

Kick-off at the Emirates is scheduled for 7:30pm.

talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the action presented by Adrian Durham. 

Commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former England captain Stuart Pearce.

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