Life after Cesc Fabregas begins on Tuesday and Arsenal really must qualify for the Champions League to stay in touch with the top teams and at 3/10 (Paddy Power), are expected to make the group stages ahead of Udinese.
Francesco Guidolin’s Udinese are 11/4 (Skybet) to progress over 2-legs and will be fairly disappointed to perform so well over the course of last season only to be handed one of the toughest draws of the round.
It’s unlikely Udinese will come to win, an outcome that is a huge 7/1 with Coral, as Italian teams tend to like the draw away in Europe – that stalemate (which would surely swing the tie in Udinese’s favour) is 10/3 with Stan James and is more likely given the departure of key man Alexis Sanchez.
Wenger must not let Udinese get their way and his team need to attack from the off. With a midfield looking short of on-form creative players, the service the front men receive may be limited. A game with less than 3 goals is looking very backable at 21/20 then (William Hill) as both teams struggle to find the net.
The big target for Wenger must surely be not just a win (1/2, ) but also the clean sheet as any away goal will really throw the tie wide open. have 23/20 for an Arsenal clean sheet, while bet365 go 11/8 for a win to nil, covering 1-0 and 2-0, a more sensible way to go.
Those in favour of accuracy should consider Ladbrokes’ 6/1 about a 1-0 home win while Tomas Rosicky, who came close on Saturday and will surely be told to push on, is a bumper 16/1 with Coral to score first.