Even if Arsenal were not in the middle of a defensive crisis born of equal parts wounded troops and worrying form Anderlecht could still bank on finding the net when the sides meet on Wednesday night.
Besnik Hasi’s Brussells-based Champions League back numbers are as short as 21/50 to bag against the Gunners, despite failing to do so in three of their last four home games in the competition.
It’s little surprise given Arsene Wenger has overseen just two clean sheets in his side’s last 15 group stage road games.
During that sequence such ‘illustrious’ hosts as Partizan Belgrade, Braga, Olympiakos and Montpellier have all penetrated the travelling Arsenal’s defences.
The north London side visit the Constant van den Stock Stadium with a backline that, while potentially more convincing than the one which shipped twice against Hull, remains under strength.
Calum Chambers is available once more after missing the Tigers clash through suspension.
Yet the teenager’s return to the fold is unlikely to prove the silver bullet for a rearguard with a solitary one shutout to their name across ten Premier League and Champions League group-stage games this term.
Whether he’ll be deputising for sidelined cohorts Laurent Koscielny (at centre-half) or Mathieu Debuchy (right-back) remains to be seen.
Either way the double-portion of injured Frenchmen means Wenger must consider playing Nacho Monreal in the middle of the defence or the positionally-questionable Hector Bellerin on the starboard bow.
Add to that the less than stellar showing from Per Mertesacker, the wise owl responsible for squiring one or other of his less well-versed colleagues through their central-defensive duties at Anderlecht, against Hull and a recipe for concession is on the table.
Despite Arsenal’s shortcomings in protecting Wojciech Szczesny’s goal they remain for victory in Belgium, with the draw a 3/1 shot and a hen’s tooth-rare home win a 15/4 match-betting outsider.