Arsenal must win their Champions League qualifying tie against Besiktas “no matter what it costs” according to Arsene Wenger and the good news for the Gunners boss is that his team are 1/6 with bet365 to progress to the group stage for the 17th successive season.
Arsenal defeated Turkish opposition in the shape of Fenerbahce at this stage last season and they can repeat the feat this time around. They should also register a first leg success in Istanbul, an outcome William Hill rate at 8/11, although it’s perhaps asking a bit much for them to do what they did against Fenerbahce a year ago and defeat Besiktas 3-0 (14/1, Ladbrokes).
Ladbrokes post a more appealing 2/1 against a triumph ‘to nil’ for the North London outfit, who are 3/1 at the same firm to edge it by a one-goal margin and Stan James quote Aaron Ramsey at a hefty 15/2 to break the deadlock.
Arsenal to beat Besiktas by one – 3/1 (Ladbrokes)