Arsenal were still in the grip of a slump when they last played Borussia Dortmund, with their 1-1 draw at the Westfalenstadion preceding a 4-3 defeat to Blackburn.
But since that loss at Ewood Park the Gunners have steadily regained their form and the early-season turmoil caused by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri is now largely forgotten.
With deadline day arrivals Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Chu-Young Park having had time to bed in, the Arsenal squad looks significantly stronger and the first team are playing with increased fluency – even if the swagger of boss Arsene Wenger’s title winning teams remains elusive.
However, before punters rush to bet on Arsenal in their Group F clash against the German champions tomorrow, it is worth noting that Jurgen Klopp’s side are also on an upward curve.
Dortmund picked up just seven points from a possible 18 in their first six league games of the season.
A 2-1 away win over Mainz on 24th September then sparked a run of six league wins in seven, including an impressive 1-0 away win over Bayern Munich on Saturday.
This has taken them to within two points of table toppers Bayern, with the gap having been eight points before the Mainz win.
But while Arsenal’s Premier League recovery has been reflected in their Champions League results, Dortmund have been unable to translate their domestic resurgence onto the European stage.
Defeats to Marseille and Olympiakos came after their victory in Mainz and their only victory of the campaign so far was a narrow 1-0 home win over the Greek side.
As such, Die Borussen’s worrying propensity to concede away from home in the Champions League remains a cause for concern and means they are unlikely to secure the three points they so desperately need tomorrow.
Klopp’s men have let in six goals in their two away matches in the competition so far, and with Arsenal scoring at least twice in eight of their last nine home games they look well placed to capitalise on this deficiency.
It is therefore a win for Arsenal which looks the best bet in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the Gunners priced at 21/20 to pick up all three points.
This leaves a draw at 5/2 and an away success at 12/5.
With Dortmund also carrying an attacking threat – they have hit five goals on two occasions in the last month alone – it appears likely that Arsenal will need to score more than once to secure the victory, but with Robin van Persie in their ranks this should not prove a problem.
The Dutchman has scored 15 goals in 17 appearance for the north London side so far this season and his presence in the starting line-up makes a bet on Arsenal to win with over 2.5 goals looks attractive at 11/5.
Furthermore, with Dortmund conceding three times before the break in the two games on their travels and Van Persie having scored at least one first half goal in four of the last five games he has started for the Gunners, the striker also looks a good bet to open the scoring at odds of 7/2.
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For Dortmund, the likes of Mario Gotze, Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski will worry the Arsenal backline.
It is youngster Gotze (5/2) who looks the best bet on Wednesday given he has scored three goals in his last two games – including the winner against Bayern at the weekend.
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