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Gunners set for Turkish delight against Fenerbahce

| 27.08.2013

It’s been anything but a routine start to the season for Arsenal, with opening day despair at the 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa quickly pushed aside by successive wins at Fenerbahce and Fulham.

Arsenal are 4/11 to win the second-leg of their Champions League qualifier with the Turkish side, following their accomplished performance in a 3-0 win in eastern Europe last week, before producing an equally impressive display at Craven Cottage in a 3-1 win.

With a limited squad available to him, and a defence liable to concede, Arsene Wenger will be wary of resting too many of his established starters ahead of this European clash and most of his big names should feature from the off.

Olivier Giroud has enjoyed a sterling personal start to the campaign, netting in all three matches thus far, and the Frenchman is 4/1 to score first and evens to net anytime.

Lukas Podolski opened his account for the season with a brace in the win over Fulham, and the German netted four times in six European appearances for Wenger last season.

The former FC Koln striker is 6/1 to score first at the Emirates, and 7/4 anytime.

Clean sheets were seldom seen at the Emirates last season, with Arsenal registering just nine shutouts in 26 games in all competitions, and though Fenerbahce were somewhat lacklustre in the first-leg, the pressure is off in this return tie.

The Turkish club can name Dirk Kuyt, Pierre Webo and Raul Meireles among their ranks, and they can take advantage of Arsenal’s often-exposed backline in front of their home fans.

A repeat of the 3-0 win from the first leg is 8/1, but Arsenal’s wayward defence means a 3-1 result at 11/1 will provide great attention.

Both teams to score and Arsenal to win is 21/10, while given their respective form, wincasts on Giroud to score and Arsenal to win (6/5) and likewise Podolski (2/1) will also tempt many in what should be a fairly one-sided encounter.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.