Arsenal v Besiktas tips – Gunners set to grind out win
Arsenal missing Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud for crunch clash against Besiktas
August 26th, 2014
Arsenal battled hard to make sure of fourth place in the Premier League last season although their hopes of making the Champions League group stage hangs in the balance after a goalless draw in Turkey last week.
With Aaron Ramsey getting dismissed in that particular match, the north London side are denied their most effective performer of the past twelve months, while Olivier Giroud is expected to be sidelined after sustaining an injury at Goodison Park.
The bookies offer a best price 2/5 about Arsenal claiming victory within ninety minutes, although Arsene Wenger’s team have to be careful when it comes to conceding an away goal which would lead them needing to score at least twice to go through.
Wenger declared himself delighted with the character shown at Goodison Park as Arsenal rallied from 2-0 down to claim a valuable point.
“Last season we were beaten here and it is good for the group to know we can come back,” said Wenger. “For us it is a strong point, for Everton maybe it is a disappointing one after being 2-0 up at home but they played well and it can happen. For us it is a real confidence boost because we did not want a repetition of last season and we have shown a completely different response to going behind.”
Arsenal are the 2/7 favourites to qualify and you would imagine they can keep things tight against Besiktas and hope that the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can probe away and find an opening.
Perhaps Lukas Podolski will enjoy an Arsenal swansong before heading to pastures new before the transfer window slams shut, although the visitors will fancy their chances of an upset and can be backed at 7/2 to go through instead.