An Arsenal master class in filling one’s boot with lead has left a serious job on their hands ahead of the Champions League last-16 second leg with Bayern Munchen.
The Gunners find themselves 2-0 down after an Emirates horror show and can be backed at a mega 18/1 to overturn this deficit and book a quarter final berth.
However, when Franck Ribery bags the first goal at the Allianz Arena this evening at 19/4, their foundering hopes will be all but extinguished.
Having missed the first-leg after undergoing reparatory work on a burst blood vessel, the marauding Frenchman is likely to be selected for the second encounter with the north Londoners, much to Arsene Wenger’s disdain.
The 30-year-old augmented his impressive seasonal goal haul with the final strike in FCB’s 6-1 demolition of Wolfsburg last time out to mark his return to the fold.
It carried him onto 13 for the campaign in total and was the fourth time he’d given the scoreboard operator some jip in his last five outings.
While it would be unfair to label the former Marseille man as deft a deadlock picker as Houdini himself, Ribery can lay claim to three opening goals so far this season.
He was the first to bag in both of the Champions League tussles that saw his name inked onto the scoresheet also.
Averaging three shots per appearance in this competition, he’s one of many to have featured in the nightmares of Arsenal stand-in stopper Lukas Fabianski.
This willingness to pull the trigger means that even if he doesn’t repay any first goalscorer faith he receives, a goal at any time represents a worthwhile wager at 13/10.
Punters who like the look of these digits may be tempted to invest their £30 free bet sign up sweetener from bwin.com on Die Roten winger.
Such a move could yield a monster profit of £142.50 if the French flyer does the business.