An Arsenal side largely comprised of unfit and reserve players will travel to in-form Galatasaray for their final Champions League group game, where a defeat is nailed on.
The Turkish outfit can be backed as 7/4 underdogs to prevail in what is a dictionary definition dead rubber from their perspective and punters mustn’t turn their nose up at this exceedingly charitable offering.
A price of 8/5 makes the Gunners favourites next to the 12/5 draw, but given the visitors’ defensive wilting at Stoke last time out only the bravest of the brave will be staking their hard-earned behind Arsene Wenger’s charges.
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Since dispensing with the services of Cesare Prandelli, Cimbon are enjoying an upturn in fortunes.
The Italian oversaw comprehensive defeats to inferior outfits of Istanbul Buyuk, Trabzonspor and Anderlecht’s ilk of late; he was axed following their besting by the Belgians.
Since appointing Hamza Hamzaoglu, Galatasaray have won both of their games and he has got premier marksman Burak Yilmaz firing again too; the 29-year-old scored three in those two matches in question.
Arsenal have lost their final group-stage away match in each of the previous seven seasons.
All teams great and small have plundered the points from the Gunners in their last pre-Christmas foray onto the continent.
Starting with Sevilla in 2007/08, Porto, Braga, Olympiakos (three times, no less) and Napoli have all profited from the north Londoners’ carelessness on the road.
Only once in the competition have Arsenal kept a clean sheet.
Bundesliga relegation-battlers Borussia Dortmund were the only side who failed to breach the Gunners’ brittle backline in Champions League action so far.
Even Galatasaray, notoriously woeful travellers, were able to bag a goal at the Emirates in the corresponding fixture and it’s difficult to envisage the grossly inexperienced visiting backline will be able to keep the Turks at bay here.