Arsene Wenger will be hopeful of a top spot finish for his Gunners side with a victory over Galatasaray in Turkey on Tuesday evening.
Should Borussia Dortmund fail to find a way past Anderlecht in their Champions League clash, Arsenal could see themselves finish top of their group if they beat Galatasaray in their final group match.
A place in the last sixteen of the competition has already been secured, however Arsenal will be eager to clinch the win which could see them attain top spot.
The Gunners have been impressive in Europe this season, a far cry from their domestic form. Indeed, Arsenal have suffered just one defeat in their five group games, this coming at the hands of Dortmund in their opening match.
They sit two points adrift of the leaders and five ahead of Anderlecht in third place following their excellent win over Dortmund in North London in their last European outing.
Nevertheless much has happened since then, the Gunners suffering a surprise 3-2 defeat to Premier League side Stoke City at the weekend and many supporters are now calling for Arsene Wenger’s dismissal.
Arsenal will be confident however that they can finish the group stage on a high, their opponents struggling in the competition and already resigned to finishing bottom of the group following a dreadful campaign which has seen them win a solitary point.
The hosts have won their last three matches in the Turkish league and will be desperate to avenge for their 4-1 thrashing when the sides last met.
Wenger is set to rest Sanchez for this match, resulting in Danny Welbeck starting up front with Olivier Giroud. Absentees through injury include Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, David Ospina, Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Debuchy. As such, Wenger will line-up a handful of fringe players for this game.
Welbeck scored a great hat-trick in the last clash between the sides and looks decent value to add to his goalscoring tally at 17/10 with Betfair.
Arsenal have never been defeated in ninety minutes by Galatasaray and we feel that this record will remain unbroken on Tuesday. Nevertheless, the hosts will be eager to finish their own campaign with a confidence boosting result and start the match as slight outsiders at 11/5.
Taking Arsenal’s frailties in defence into account, the home side will certainly fancy their chances of scoring in this match and could easily scupper Arsenal’s ambitions of finishing top of the group by forcing a stalemate in Turkey.
Live coverage on Sky Sports 5 at 7:45pm, Tuesday December 9th.
Our betting tips
Draw with both teams scoring – BetVictor 7/2
Anytime Goalscorer, Danny Welbeck – Betfair 17/10