The atmosphere was pretty ugly at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, after Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at home by Aston Villa and the fans are clearly losing patience with a Gunners hierarchy they believe lacks ambition and is failing in terms of their transfer policy.
Arsene Wenger’s men are already feeling the heat then and the Arsenal boss is now in a position where a failure to steer his side through a tricky Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce, is absolutely unthinkable.
The Gunners head to Turkey for the first leg and it’s hard not to feel that they need some kind of positive result in Istanbul as otherwise the pressure will really be on in the second leg in front of their own supporters.
Coral quote the North London outfit at 17/10 to be in front after the tie’s opening 90 minutes while the hosts are a slightly bigger 7/4 (Betfred) to secure a first-leg lead but under-fire Arsenal would probably settle for a draw – an outcome William Hill price at 5/2 – as it will put them in the box seat for qualification.
The stalemate looks more enticing when you consider that Fenerbahce are also under pressure, having suffered a shock defeat of their own at the weekend, letting a two-goal lead slip as they went down 3-2 to newly promoted Konyaspor and that also lends appeal to Ladbrokes’ offer of 13/2 about a 1-1 scoreline.
Fenerbahce and Arsenal to draw – 5/2 (William Hill)