Fenerbahce vs Arsenal 08/21/2013 Free Soccer Pick and Preview
Arsenal vs Fenerbahce
Wednesday 21st August 2013 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Fenerbahce 7/4 Draw 11/5 Arsenal 8/5 See the Latest Odds
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Fenerbahce will come into this game knowing that even if they win there is a chance they will be kicked out of the tournament , its a tough position in which to play a qualifying campaign against one of the biggest teams in the tournament. But Fenerbahce have assembled a really solid squad with former Liverpool midifleder Raul Meireles, Former juve wide man Krasic , Bruno Alves and former Kop hero Dirk Kuyt. Its guaranteed to be a really hostile atmosphere in Turkey as there always is, question is can Arsenal handle it?
Arsene Wenger is already under pressure, his team let him down on Saturday by underperforming and having a man sent off. Arsenal have yet to buy anyone in the off season and the pressure on the squad is immense right now. Olivier Giroud started his season off with a bang scoring wiht his first shot on Saturday but he missed the target with all five of his susequent shots. Theo Walcott and Oxlade Chamberlain will be charged with getting down the flanks and providing the crosses for Giroud to do what he does best. I think the key though for Arsenal on Wednesday will be to not lose the game, I imagine it will be a very tight and tense game that may be decided by just one goal.
The first really important game of Arsenal's season will see them travel to Fenerbahce looking for qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League. I think Arsene Wenger's team will come away from this game with something and I am going to take the Gunners to get an away win here. Fenerbahce are not a bad side at all but I think Arsenal are going to have too much pace on teh wings and I do think the loss at the weekend to Villa will give Arsenal the bite they need to get a big win in Turkey at a big price.