Arsenal supposedly turned the corner when beating Udinese in the Champions League, before doing the same against Swansea and now another corner has been turned by beating Bolton on Saturday.
The simple truth is that the team is adjusting to life without Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, while Jack Wilshere continues to be missed in the centre of midfield. At least they have a winnable Tuesday Champions League match before contemplating a trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Arsenal are a best price 2/5 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to claim victory against the champions of Greece, with Olympiacos having lost here three seasons ago when the teams met at the same stage of the competition before winning the return fixture.
No victory at the Emirates can be certain after the start that the Gunners have had, although they have been boosted by the news that Theo Walcott’s injury is relatively minor and the England winger is 13/2 to set his team on their way.
However, Walcott’s finishing was not too sharp against Wanderers and he might be more likely to assist Robin van Persie who reached 100 goals for Arsenal after bagging a weekend brace. The Dutchman is the 3/1 favourite (bet365 – £200 free betting) to break the deadlock against a side that lost their opening Champions League match.
Olympiacos were defeated 1-0 by Marseille at the Karaiskakis Stadium and they will be desperate to get something from the match, while Ernesto Valverde will be aware that the Arsenal defence has been looking vulnerable this term.
The visitors are available at 9/1 to claim a precious three points that would once again leave Arsenal looking to turn their fourth corner of the season and also narrow their chances of making the Champions League knockout stage.