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The Gunners' start to the season has been shrouded in pessimism, but our tipster expects Wednesday's European win to drive them on at Craven Cottage

After a hugely disappointing 3-1 home defeat against Aston Villa on the opening day, Arsenal will be desperate to get up and running when they make the short trip to west London to face Fulham on Saturday.

A dominant 3-0 win away to Fenerbahce in their Champions League qualifier went some way to getting the fans back onside and Arsene Wenger’s men are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with bet365 to follow that up with a first league victory.

The hosts picked up all three points away to Sunderland in their first fixture, but are outsiders at 12/5 (3.40) to achieve just their second win in 10 games against their London rivals.

That same 12/5 (3.40) price is also on offer for the match to finish in a stalemate, although that has only happened in five of their 24 Premier League encounters.

In a way the events of the last week were typical of Arsenal over recent seasons, as the growing sense of unrest fuelled by lack of action in the transfer market exploded into a catastrophe after a meek league defeat, only for Wenger to defy his critics by pulling a result out of the fire when it mattered the very next game.

With Champions League football now looking assured, the pressure on the French manager has eased for the time being and confidence has been restored on the pitch.

Despite a lack of signings and a number of injuries, the Gunners are still able to field a strong starting XI, with the influential Santi Cazorla set to return after sitting on the bench against Villa.

The visitors boasted the best record in London derbies of all the sides from the capital last season and have won three of their last six league games at Craven Cottage, where Martin Jol’s men have lost their last four consecutive fixtures.

All in all, now seems like the perfect time to back Wenger’s men to emerge victorious, with the negativity surrounding the club having swollen the odds to 11/10 (2.10), a price that offers unmissable value.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, 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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