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Arsene Wenger's men have come back strongly after a disappointing opening-day defeat and Al Hain-Cole expects them to continue their excellent away form on Wednesday night

Arsenal begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday evening with a difficult trip to Stade Velodrome to face Olympique de Marseille.

After a disappointing opening-day defeat at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger’s men have wracked up five consecutive wins in all competitions, and are 6/4 (2.50) favourites with Paddy Power to come out on top in the south of France.

Les Phoceens have won just four of their last 12 fixtures in this competition but are available at 15/8 (2.88) to get their campaign up and running with victory this evening.

Paddy Power are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles should this match end in a draw, and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on the sides sharing the spoils.

The mood at the Emirates stadium has changed dramatically in the month since that August defeat, and not just because of the crowd-pleasing purchase of star signing Mesut Ozil.

Five wins out of five since then suggest the Villa upset was merely a blot on a copybook that now includes just one defeat in the last 17 competitive matches and nine consecutive away wins, a run that started with a memorable victory over eventual champions Bayern Munich in this very competition.

With spirits high and Ozil now in even better health than during Saturday’s impressive debut, the Gunners should be confident of overcoming a side who have lost their last three successive games in the Champions League and three of their last four at home.

The first of those four defeats came courtesy of Arsenal on their last visit two years ago, and those 6/4 (2.50) odds offer excellent value on the visitors coming out on top once again this time.

With Paddy Power’s money back special on offer, it is well worth backing Olivier Giroud to open the scoring on his return to France at odds of 11/2 (6.50).

The striker has five goals in six games to his name this season and has opened the scoring in four of those six, while he also grabbed the first goal in his side’s last away match in the Champions League proper.
 
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Arsenal to win for a 2pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) with Paddy Power
Olivier Giroud to score first for a 1pt stake at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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