Gabriel Martinelli can continue his stunning start to his Arsenal career when the Gunners head to Portugal on Wednesday afternoon.
bet365 Pre-Match Odds: Guimaraes 23/10, Draw 13/5, Arsenal 11/10
The young Brazilian has played a starring role in the Europa League and Carabao Cup this season, scoring seven goals in his four starts.
One of the goals came in the reverse fixture against Vitoria Guimaraes two weeks ago and he’s since netted a brace at Anfield against a decent-enough Liverpool side.
With Mesut Ozil restored to their team, Arsenal were impressive going forward in that League Cup tie but their problems at the back persisted as they bowed out of the competition on penalties following a 5-5 draw.
Boss Unai Emery can be expected to field a similar-looking team in this game – Arsenal’s second string have been strong enough to ease through the Europa League group phase in each of the past two seasons and after three straight wins so far a win in this one could book their spot in the last 32 with two games to spare.
That would be a boost to the under-fire Emery, leaving him to focus on an ailing Premier League campaign until the New Year.
Martinelli is 7/4 to score at any time which looks perfectly acceptable.
Arsenal have scored at least three goals in all four games he’s started, netting five in two of them.
Scoring might not be so easy here – the Portuguese did well at the Emirates and only lost after conceding twice late on – but with their qualifications hopes all but over already, you wonder how much resistance the hosts will put up if they do fall behind.
Gabriel Martinelli to score at any time – 7/4 with 888sport
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