Price Boost: Mid-table saviour Sanchez to open Arsenal scoring

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Arsenal would be mid-table without him according to Ian Wright, and although those comments may be a slight exaggeration, it is pretty clear when Alexis Sanchez performs, the Gunners do well.

And as the Chilean looks to continue the goalscoring form that has seen him net 12 goals in 19 appearances for the north London club, Ladbrokes are boosting the price that on him delivering in Europe this week as well.

You can now get a whopping 6/1 (from 4/1) that the 25-year-old hitman opens the scoring in the Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund.

For those with doubts, look no further than the European nights at the Emirates already this campaign.

The former Barcelona man has found the net in each of Arsenal’s three home games in this season’s competition, so clearly doesn’t like disappointing the home fans in midweek.

In fact, he has scored in seven of the 11 games he has played at Ashburton Grove when adorning the red jersey.

But it’s not just in N7 that he has been playing well.

In his last nine games for club and country, Sanchez has found the net nine times, getting on the scoresheet in six straight games in the process.

A win against Dortmund would seal a spot in the knock out stages for Arsene Wenger’s men, with the pressure firmly on the Frenchman.

The Gunners are an 11/8 shot to triumph against Jurgen Klopp’s (2/1) men who are currently languishing in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga, while a draw is available at 5/2.

Some aspects of the Arsenal crowd booed their team off after a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United this weekend, so a win against 2013 the finalists will go some way to relieving some of the pressure on their beleaguered boss.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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