Scaremongering over the extent to which health mishaps have decimated Arsenal’s squad has reached sufficiently hyperbolic levels that some bettors actually believe they won’t beat Anderlecht.
Yet it just makes them a better wager at even money to down their Belgian adversaries in tonight’s Champions League showdown.
Read on for your quintet of persuaders…
The Belgian kingpins have lost their last five straight Champions League home outings.
Avoiding humblings in Brussels has consistently proven beyond the Purple and Whites over their last couple of campaigns.
Milan, Olympiakos, Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica and Borussia Dortmund have all won since they last avoided defeat, with all bar the Portuguese side making light of a one-goal handicap in doing so.
Anderlecht have triumphed only twice in their last eight games.
Not only are they historically poor at continental level on home soil, but Besnik Hasi’s troops aren’t in great nick at present either, having developed a predilection for a stalemate.
Arsenal’s treatment room travails will dilute their hosts’ intensity.
Hasi has already had to answer to suggestions that the Gunners’ problems may breed complacency among his players, having already noted they were “too confident” against Borussia Dortmund:
“For us, it will be a mistake if we are thinking because Arsenal are missing some players and have not been top level in their competition, that they will not be tomorrow. That mistake will not happen here.”
The north Londoners’ injury woes only effect their rearguard.
Losing the ineffectual Mesut Ozil from the attacking ranks is no great shakes and apart from him every midfielder and forward to recently have been of use is in contention to feature.
Among them Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are a high-class pool from which to pick and choose.
As such there is more than enough firepower at Arsene Wenger’s disposal to smoke the hosts.
Either Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck or both have scored in eight of Arsenal’s last ten games.
Both will feature this evening having notched last time out and on the last Champions League matchday.
The prolific pair can both be backed to find the onion bag at 11/10 against the Belgians.