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Still in Arsenal’s hands if they are to win the Champions League

| 24.11.2010

It may not be all doom and gloom for Arsenal after the Group H defeat in Braga as they should still have no trouble qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Although it is out of their hands whether or not they progress as the winners of Group H, for which they are 7/2, it is completely in their hands that they reach the last 16 of the competition as all they have to do is win at home to Partizan Belgrade.

And based on their phenomenal record at the Emirates this season in the Champions League, the only question should be how many goals they win by rather than if they seal victory.

Partizan are still to collect a point in Group H through their opening five games and in this time they have managed just one goal.

Meanwhile, they are still to find the target on their travels and this compared to Arsenal’s 11 goals in their two home games, makes a hugely strong case as to why Arsenal should have no problem taking the three points.

Furthermore, there is still a reasonable chance that they will progress as group winners as Shakhtar could easily lose in their final game against Braga.

Braga will have to set out with an attacking game plan as nothing short of a convincing victory will be enough to reach the qualification stages of the Champions League if Arsenal expectedly beat Partizan.

If the hosts decide to sit back and attempt to secure the draw that would see them top the group, they could easily concede and then struggle to get back on level terms.

Arsenal will progress as group winners if they beat Partizan and Shakhtar lose to Braga.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.