Arsenal somehow managed to escape Paris with a point thanks to Alexis Sanchez’ tidy finish and David Ospina’s incredible performance keeping the score tame at 1-1 against an energetic PSG side. With the most difficult away match out of the way (on paper anyway), we take a look at Arsenal’s chances of topping the group and hopefully avoiding a Champions League favourite in the Last 16.
We have asked our colleagues at leading UK betting site BettingTips4you.com what we can realistically expect from the Gunners in the UCL.
The Gunners remain second favourites behind PSG who are rated at 4/5 to win Group A, with Arsene Wenger’s men coming in at 11/10. Elsewhere, Swiss side Basel are rated at 10/1, while clear outsiders Ludogorets have tall odds of 40/1 after the two played out a 1-1 draw which favours the Gunners and PSG nicely.
Arsenal face Basel and Ludogorets at home before traveling away to Ludogorets shortly after, should Wenger’s men manage to claim all nine points in succession, qualification will likely be nailed on. The need to top the group couldn’t be any more pressing however, and it will take consistency across the board in each and every match from here on out to have an easier route to the Quarter Finals.
Further down the line, a quick look at the odds rate Arsenal at 25/1 to win the illustrious trophy – the Gunners are depressingly realistic 9th favourites. Arsenal do however nudge ahead of Spurs who are 10th with the bookies.
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The Gunners need to ensure they capitalise on their upcoming two home games and set the tone for the remainder of the Champions League Group Stage. This will apply more pressure on favourites PSG who are in a state of transition and, like Arsenal, do have a slip up in them.
Certainly based on Tuesday night’s performance there is still a lot that needs improving, but once a number of Arsenal’s stars start to glue over the course of the campaign it will hopefully be an exciting campaign, both domestically and in Europe.