Arsenal can win their Champions League jaunt to Porto in style | Football

Bukayo Saka can continue his hot streak at Porto (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have the key to the Premier League title door after scoring 21 goals since their January trip to Dubai- now they have to prove their newfound firepower is equally potent in Europe.

The Gunners have won all five top-flight matches since being bumped out of the FA Cup by Liverpool when losing 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in their first outing on the year.

Eyebrows were raised after just one victory in seven games and questions were asked about an attack which scored just five times in that bleak stretch.

The common consensus was that Arsenal’s season was cooked if they didn’t sign a reputable striker in the January transfer window but they didn’t and it doesn’t seem to have mattered.

A 5-0 win at home to a dismal Crystal Palace began the run of improvement and they then won 2-1 at Nottingham Forest and sent Liverpool back to Merseyside with their tails between their legs following a 3-1 success in N7.

Mikel Arteta will be delighted with Arsenal's form

Mikel Arteta will be delighted with Arsenal’s form (Picture: Getty Images)

That emphatic victory lifted spirits to new levels and the Gunners won 6-0 at West Ham and 5-0 at Burnley before heading to Porto for the Champions League round of 16 first leg at the Estadio Do Dragao.

It may be the first time in seven years Arsenal are featuring in the tournament’s knockout stages but they certainly won’t be overawed.

Porto are best remembered in this country for winning the tournament in 2004, knocking out Manchester United en route to the final with a young manager named Jose Mourinho sprinting down the Old Trafford sidelines in celebration.

They are currently unbeaten in nine games at home and haven’t conceded a goal in the last three games at the Dragao, but the quality of the opposition isn’t up to the standards of Mikel Arteta’s team and the Gunners can be backed with confidence at 7/10 with BetUK to return to London with a first-leg advantage.

It’s 17/10 with Coral for them to lead HT/FT, and a 3-0 away win is 12/1 with William Hill, Betfair and Betfred.

Bukayo Saka has scored six times in the last four matches and can continue his hot streak by breaking the deadlock at 13/2 with Paddy Power, Betfair and BoyleSports while the England star is 5/2 with the latter to get on the scoreboard at any time.

• Cody Gapko is 33/20 with Unibet and BetUK to score for Premier League leaders Liverpool when they entertain Luton at Anfield but back the Hatters +2 goals to win at 6/4 with Betway and William Hill.

• Scotland are 8/13 with Ladbrokes and Coral to beat England in Edinburgh when the Six Nations resumes on Saturday and they are 6/4 with Betway, Betfair and Betfred to win the Calcutta Cup by more than 8.5 points.


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