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Arsenal v AC Milan: Ibrahimovic to ensure no upset at Emirates

| 06.03.2012

Arsenal are 18/1 to complete the ultimate recovery and reach the Champions League quarter finals, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic can score the away goal at the Emirates that will almost certainly see AC Milan progress.

With Arsenal 4-0 down from the first leg at the San Siro, it is virtually imperative that they keep a clean sheet to stand a chance of battling back into the tie and they are 2/1 just to shut out AC Milan.

However, with Ibrahimovic in fine form of late, this may be easier said than done.

The Sweden striker was the scourge of Arsenal in the first leg, scoring one and having a hand in a further two.

Meanwhile, he has also scored in all of the Champions League games he has participated in this season and warmed up for his trip to London with a hat-trick in AC Milan’s Serie A success over Palermo over the weekemd.

It is a tempting 11/8 that Ibrahimovic scores at any time in the 90 minutes at the Emirates and 5/1 that he breaks the deadlock.

Arsenal’s task is hard enough even if they do manage to keep Ibrahimovic and co quiet in front of goal.

They have previously hosted AC Milan on two occasions and in both fixtures have failed to score one, let alone four, with the latest shyness in front of goal coming in 2008.

Furthermore, on only three occasions in the past has a team overcome a four-goal first-leg deficit in a UEFA competition to progress to the next round, while Arsenal have only battled back from any first-leg defeats on two occasions in the same competitions.

But with Arsenal losing just one of their last 42 Champions League home games, taking the 21/20 that they restore some pride in the tie with a success is likely to prove a good call.

It is 9/4 in the Champions League odds that Milan beat Arsenal again, with the draw available at 12/5.



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.