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Nic Ladds 10th Mar 2009 - 23:24

An Arsenal season saver ensues?

This European clash is a season saver for each team & it's advantage Arsenal as we approach the second leg in Rome.

This is the clash of the teams that are looking to save their seasons through the Champions League, with both teams' league campaigns trailing off.

Arsenal who are 1-0 ahead after the first leg at the Emirates, could go to Italy and sack Roma this evening - but with Arsenal... you just never know.

Like Real Madrid, the Gunners - when on form, can play the kind of football that is capable of destroying any opposition but often fluctuate in form to the point where the punter can't add them as the banker selection they should be.

The good news for Arsenal fans however, is that Roma have been dismissed from Europe by an English club in the past three seasons, two of which were at the quarter final stage.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor's hamstring injury means he will miss the Roma match & Arsene Wenger will be backing Robin Van Persie, priced at 13/2 to score the first goal, to do just that - as in their last fourteen matches against English clubs, Roma have conceded at least a goal in each.

Van Persie, scorer of the penalty which gave the gunners the first leg win, is one yellow card shy of an automatic suspension heading into the Wednesday tie.

Arsenal, who have not lost in their last four visits to Italy, winning three times and drawing once - are 2/1 for the 90 minute victory, the draw between the two, priced at 11/5.

Eduardo, 15/2 to strike first and Theo Walcott, 7/2 for an anytime strike who both played in the Gunners' FA Cup win over Burnley - are also among manager Arsene Wenger's options up front.

The Italian side will look to talisman Francesco Totti for the goals and if Rome are to proceed in the competition, they have to strike early, 11/2 for a talismanic first goal.

The Italians are 7/5 for the home win, probably the least tempting of the three outcomes but regardless of tonight's result, Roma's home turf - the Stadio Olimpico - will see a continuation of the Champions League as this is the venue for the final.

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