All of a sudden, things are starting to look rosy for Arsenal, who have recovered from an early-season slump which saw them lose three of their opening four Premier League matches.
The Gunners have collected seven points from their first three Champions League group matches and are currently enjoying a run of five straight wins in all competitions, with Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) offering 4/6 that Arsene Wenger’s team land another victory on Tuesday night.
It is easy to see them collecting three more points in Europe against a Marseille side that they beat in France a fortnight ago thanks to a last-gasp Aaron Ramsey winner. The Welshman has been influential in Arsenal’s resurgence and can be backed at 12/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to score the first goal of this match.
However, the player that the bookies fear is Robin Van Persie who is currently enjoying the most purple of patches which has helped his team well and truly turned the corner. The Dutchman also appears to be staying with the north London club for the foreseeable future and will be popular at 4/1 to score the first goal in this match.
Marseille showed very little in the way of attacking intent at the Stade Velodrome, although they have collected three victories since that defeat, winning 3-2 at Dijon on Saturday thanks to a late Alou Diarra winner.
The visitors certainly need something out of the match if they are to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League and Didier Deschamps’ side can be backed at 5/1 to claim victory at the Emirates, with Arsenal potentially in danger of experiencing an ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’ situation.