For the first time in several seasons, Arsenal supporters are getting a taste of what life is like for the majority of football supporters, who simply don’t know where their next win is coming from.
The Gunners were heavy favourites to beat Sunderland on Sunday, although it required a brilliant free-kick from Robin Van Persie to help his team across the line and one suspects they will struggle when faced with a vibrant Marseille team on Wednesday.
Didier Deschamps’ side aren’t pulling up any trees in Ligue 1 although wins against Olympiacos and Borussia Dortmund have given them a 100% start and there should be plenty of money coming for Olympique in the lead up to this match.
Marseille are 13/10 (William Hill – £25 free bets) to move a step closer to a place in the last sixteen and will fancy their chances of breaching a defence that looked decidedly shaky against the Black Cats, even if Arsene Wenger looks to have finally sorted out the goalkeeper problem.
Not many teams come away from the Stade Vélodrome with victory, although some of Arsenal’s best performances have been in the Champions League this term and they were unfortunate not to win in Dortmund after previously beating Udinese on their own patch.
The Gunners are sure to attack their French opponents rather than try to soak up pressure and can be backed at 9/4 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to go top of the group with a victory ahead of meeting Marseille at the Emirates in a fortnight’s time.
Anything is possible when you have a forward on your books who goes by the name of Robin Van Persie and the Dutchman is among the favourites at 11/2 to score the first goal of the game, while Gervinho can be backed at 9/1 and does seem to get in threatening positions.