“They’re a quality team. We saw in the first game how good they are.They’ve turned a corner with their new manager, they’re on a very, very good run and it’ll be important for us to stay focused. We can’t take this lightly at all.Hopefully there won’t be so many empty seats but we’re just focused on going out there and trying to win a football game.”Aaron Ramsey – Press Conference
Arsenal go into tonight’s clash with AC Milan leading the tie 2-0 and many people, including the majority of the bookmakers, believe the outcome is done and dusted.
Now, football is a sport that transcends gender, race, age, everything – but you can never, ever believe that Arsenal will get through this with ease.
There appear to be no new injuries sustained since the Watford win for Wenger’s men, meaning we can look at the odds for later with confidence.
Arsenal are anything from 1.05 to 1.1 to qualify for the next round of the Europa League, so clearly there is no value in that.
If you want to bet against Arsenal, but why would you, you can get 10.00 on Milan to turn the tie around. Let’s be honest, enough of us can see that happening to make it a little tempting.
On the night, a draw looks well placed at around 3.70 with Milan being around 3.5 – and who remembers Ostersunds, eh?
In terms of the first goalscorer on the night – if you are feeling that Arsenal will put the tie even further out of Milan’s reach early then why not have a look at Welbeck at around 7.5 or even Micky T at 8.5. That said, Milan could well get themselves back into the game early and their Academy product Patrick Cutrone seems good value at around 8.00. There is talk that Portuguese international Andre Silva could get the nod, and he is coming in at around 8.5 to open the scoring at the Emirates.
There doesn’t appear to be a great deal of value in the BTTS market, with YES being around 1.6 across most bookmakers. NO goes up as high as 2.25.
Whatever the outcome, one thing is for sure. IF Arsenal fail to proceed then their season is as good as over as a Champions League spot feels like a distant dream right now.
Would a spot outside the top four and a failed European campaign finally spell the end for Arsene Wenger?
Surely that question has been answered enough. 2018 Grand National betting trends are such that if Wenger is still in charge by the time this years Grand National comes around something has either gone very right, or nothing has changed whatsoever.