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Why Arsenal can still qualify for Champions League last 16

Arsenal cause far from lost in Group F despite two defeats, so Paddy Power's top price of 11/4 for Arsene Wenger's men to reach knockout phase worth a punt.

Losing both of their first two Champions League group games has really put Arsenal in jeopardy in their bid to keep up a perennial record of reaching the last 16.

Although the Gunners prop up their pool, their European campaign is far from over, as they have held and beaten Group F favourites Bayern Munich away in their last two trips to the Allianz Arena.

This ability to pinch points off the German giants can revive Arsene Wenger’s men, and makes top odds of 11/4 with Paddy Power for Arsenal to qualify for the knockout phase well worth a punt.

Attacking duo Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott have shone despite defeats by Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos, and such pacy threats will stretch a Bayern defence that can be got at.

David Alaba, the athletic Austria international, has been used by Munich manager Pep Guardiola as a makeshift centre back, but lacks the defensive nous to prevent attacks in-behind because his natural instincts are to attack down the left side.

Mehdi Benatia is thus a huge miss for Bayern, and former Manchester City flop Jerome Boateng blows very and hot cold in big matches. The Gunners should also force wing back Juan Bernat into some defending, which doesn’t play to his strengths.

Wenger has been lambasted in some quarters for arrogance with team selection, but this a quality more associated with Munich sweeper-keeper Manuel Neuer. He’ll have to think twice about coming off his line with Sanchez and Walcott on the prowl.

If Arsenal have underestimated other pool opponents, who like Bayern are domestic champions in Croatia and Greece, then Wenger is unlikely to repeat that mistake. Punters can expect to see strong selections from the Gunners gaffer for what remains of Champions League Group F.

BETTING TIP: Arsenal qualify for Champions League last 16 @ 11/4 with Paddy Power.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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