Where do you go having lost the first leg of your last 16 tie in the Champions League 5-1? If you’re Arsenal, it’s usually right into a moral second leg victory!
In fact, in three of the last four seasons in Europe’s Premier club competition the Gunners have saved their most valiant performances until they were in an impossible position to come back in the tie.
Two years ago it was 2-0 triumph for Arsenal at Monaco after a 3-1 embarrassment at the Emirates, the year before that it was a brave 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena having lost 2-0 at home the first day out. Even four seasons ago it was bloody Bayern again – as Arsenal followed up a 3-1 home loss to Munich with a courageous, but futile 2-0 success in Germany.
We’re smelling another useless, moral victory in the water and we’re going to punt for the Gunners on the whopping price of 22/1 to claim a 2-0 win tonight.
As we’ve mentioned, we’re sniffing an honourable victory for Arsene Wenger’s charges tonight, but we need something to make our bet a bit more beautiful.
So we’ve turned to the gorgeous Olivier Giroud to do just that. Don’t get us wrong, we haven’t just been charmed by his dazzling hair – this pick is actually based on the stats.
Believe it or not, the Frenchman actually has a decent record when it comes to European ties for The Gunners against Bayern, having netted three times in the last seven meetings with them – he’s not just a pretty face you know!
It’s 6/1 for him to land the scorecast of an Arsenal win with him scoring anytime. Could he be more attractive?
Mats Hummels spills coffee all over himself, but still manages to look like a handsome, stylish bastard. pic.twitter.com/n7zScg2RoF
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 6, 2017
Ok now for a bit of realism to go along with the fortune we’ve been seeking with the two picks called out above.
Through his own admittance he might not be on the best run of form this season, but if there’s one thing the lederhosen-wearing Thomas Muller loves it’s the sight of Arsenal’s red and white kit.
The German international has hit the onion sack on five occasions in his last seven outings against The Gunners and he’ll likely benefit from a bit of squad rotation to feature from the off at the Emirates tonight.
He’s 13/2 to inflict more pain on the Arsenal faithful by landing the opener later and it would be just like him to efficiently punish The Gunners yet again.