Arsene Wenger has pledged to field a strong line-up for the second leg of Arsenal’s Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce and the Gunners can continue their recent good run of form, with a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 win for the hosts generously priced up at 9/5.
Following their 3-0 victory in Turkey, Wenger’s boys are heavily fancied to kill off the tie at 4/11 for the home win, with the Istanbul-based outfit at 29/4 and the draw at 18/5.
Arsenal brought a similar lead back to the Emirates the last time they were involved in a Champions League qualifier with an away first leg, when they beat Celtic 2-0 at Parkhead in 2009/10.
The north Londoners strolled to a 3-1 win in the return leg even though Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, the club’s most influential players at the time, did not feature.
However, Wenger isn’t taking any chances in this fixture, with Jack Wilshere set to start after coming on as a late substitute in their league tie at Fulham last time out.
Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will also be given the chance to add to their strike tallies, having bagged two and three goals respectively so far this season, as Wenger plans to play ’95 per cent’ of the side that beat Martin Jol’s team 3-1.
Up next for Arsenal is a home league match against bitter rivals Tottenham and Fenerbahce will struggle to live with players who are largely playing to cement their places in the team ahead of the first north London derby of the season.
Ersun Yanal’s side have yet to pick up a win on the road this term and were beaten 3-2 by newly promoted Konyaspor in their last match away from the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
Fenerbahce’s former Newcastle midfielder Emre, who scored a penalty in that game, will miss this encounter through injury.