Van Persie strike will gift first goalscorer punters a refund

At 7/4, Robin Van Persie is as long as you are likely to see him this season to score in a match at any time.

The fact that Arsenal travel to an intimidating San Siro, and Van Persie remains at such a relatively short price, is a testament to the type of form he has demonstrated over the past year, and shows how much of a risk Ladbrokes are taking in offering money back on losing first goalscorer bets if the Dutchman finds the net during the game.

Of his 28 goals in all competitions so far this campaign, Van Persie’s three Champions League strikes account for almost half of all Arsenal’s European goals, and his 11/2 odds to score first tonight look good.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 4/1 favourite to break the deadlock, and hit a brace in his last outing against Arsenal when playing for Barcelona.

Another option is forward Robinho, whose most memorable goal in English football came against the Gunners, at 11/2.