Bookmakers feel that the Champions League draw has been kind to Arsenal so the Gunners are just 4/11 at Sportingbet to progress to the next knockout stage at the expense of opponents Monaco (11/4, Betfred).
Arsene Wenger’s men should ultimately secure safe passage to the last eight and indeed they’re 8/15 via William Hill to put themselves in the driving seat with a first leg success but they may have to be patient against a Ligue 1 outfit whose defence has been impressive to say the least over the last three months.
Monaco head to the Emirates Stadium having kept 14 clean sheets in 17 games across all competitions so they’ll be tough to break down but they don’t score many at the other end and that lends appeal to BetVictor’s 3/4 about the opening clash producing fewer than three goals.
Equally attractive is Boyles’ 5/4 for Arsenal to triumph ‘to nil’ and Coral quote the Gunners at 5/1 to shade it 1-0. Alternatively, in what looks set to be a tight affair, Wenger’s charges are 10/3 at BetVictor to emerge victorious following an even first period.
Arsenal to beat Monaco 1-0 – 5/1 (Coral)