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Michael Taylor 2nd Nov 2010 - 20:06

Goal crazy Gunners should be too strong for Shakhtar

Two weeks ago Shakhtar Donetsk arrived at The Emirates with real swagger, later in the night they made the return trip looking like lame ducks.

The reason, an Arsenal battering that can only be described as painful for the Ukrainian league leaders - a bludgeoning that few would have predicted given Shakhtar's run of form that led up to London.

They'd won eleven of thirteen league games, two of two in the Champions League and conceded just five goals in fifteen matches all season compared to netting thirty one for themselves.

They also had reason to boast and feel confident with a talented quartet of Brazilians, plus former Arsenal old boy Eduardo, amongst an array of attacking options going up against flop keeper Lucasz Fabianski.

What materialised couldn't have been in starker contrast to all the facts and figures though with the Gunners dominating every aspect of the game plus a handful of defensive errors giving the home side a simple 5-1 win.

As if this isn't hard enough to swallow for the Ukrainians, Arsene Wenger's men then went out and showed they can hand out similar treatment to Premier League teams, away from home too.

First came billionaires Man City at Eastlands - 3-0 - then on to Newcastle, in the Carling Cup with the youngsters - 4-0 - the only blemish coming at home against West Ham where they could only manage to scrap a 1-0 win.

Not that Gunners fans will mind the scrappy nature of the win, after all a lack of fight has been their downfall for a long time.

Hold on a minute, did I forget to mention in three Champions League group games this season they've managed 14 goals? Arsenal in Europe has to be a scary sight for anyone right now.

So now they move on to the Ukraine with a thirst for more blood and after recent events you'd have to be either stupid or extremely foolhardy not to believe they'll get it - even without Cesc Fabregas being available.

The addition of Marouane Chamakh (a great 6/5 anytime scorer) has been inspired, Samir Nasri seems to have moved up a level and the defence, the cause of much frustration in recent years, looks solid once again (they're 21/10 to keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet) with Sebastian Squillaci and Koscielny being instant fits.

Everything seems to point to one thing, another three points for Arsenal and in quite convincing fashion to boot.

The good thing for Shakhtar is that it's impossible for them to play any worse so watch out for defensive and goalkeeping errors to be cut down while at least a fraction more of the play should be played in Arsenal's half.

Ultimately though, Arsenal retain possession better, have superior movement, more experience and higher class players so even if the threat of Luiz Adriano, Douglas Costa, Jadson and Willian lingers it should only be fleeting moment.

Even with all my confidence for the English side I don't fancy quite a repeat of the goal-fest from a fortnight ago with a 2-0 away win particularly catching my attention at 12/1.

The best bet is simple though, 6/4 about an Arsenal win is absolutely massive and has to be taken.

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