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Rupert Wyman 8th Dec 2008 - 11:23

'Struggling' Wenger's boys can win the group

The media would have you believe that Arsenal are struggling and are having a poor season. Yet Arsene Wenger's side sit top if their Champions League group ahead of their last group match away to Porto.

Arsenal have already qualified for the last 32 along with Wednesday's opponents Porto. Like Arsenal, Porto are fourth in their domestic league following a disappointing start to their campaign.

Porto would expect to be doing better in the Portuguese Liga as they have won the title the last three years but they are currently five points behind leaders Benfica.

The match in Portugal is a straight shoot-out for who goes through as Champions League Group G winners. The Gunners have 11 points and Porto have nine. Anything other than a Porto win would see Arsenal go through as group winners. Arsenal can be backed at 8/15 to win the group.

Porto are favourites to win the match at 13/10 with an away Arsenal win at 7/4 and the draw at 21/10.

Arsenal always look like scoring especially on the counter-attack but often look susceptible at the back. Therefore the draw looks like the one to back and for even more value for your money a 1-1 scoreline can be backed at 11/2.

Porto's star player, Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez has three goals to his name in this year's Champions League and can be backed to grab the first goal at odds of 4/1.

Arsenal's top scorer in this year's competition is Emmanuel Adebayor also with three goals. The Togo international scored the winner against Wigan on Saturday and is available at 6/4 to score anytime on Wednesday evening. His strike partner Dutchman Robin van Persie looks a better bet though at 15/8 to deliver the goods.

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