As reported by Mirror Online, it may not be just AC Milan that Arsenal have to deal with tonight – because, in addition to that, it appears as if they’re also going to have to try and overcome the unluckiness of their blue away kit.
Yes, you heard that correctly. While the Gunners may be one of the most iconic teams in English football, their current slide hasn’t gone unnoticed – and apparently, neither has their form when wearing their striking away kit.
So far this season Arsenal have played in the strip nine times, and over the course of those contests they’ve won one game, drawn one and lost seven. Now if that statistic alone isn’t enough to freak out even the most optimistic of Arsenal supporters, then just listen to the strength of the opponents they faced during that run.
Aside from Liverpool who have proven themselves to be a strong side this season and a draw against Southampton, the losses came against Watford, Cologne, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Swansea and Ostersund.
The task at hand
There’s very little to be proud of within that record and while it may just be a kit, it opens the door to a range of questions regarding how little things like that can affect teams and players. Who knows, perhaps some members of the Arsenal squad thrive when they’re competing in the famous red and white.
While we understand that may sound utterly ridiculous, there needs to be something for Arsenal supporters to hold onto as they enter what could well be a disastrous evening tonight at the San Siro. AC Milan are on an incredible run right now, and if it wasn’t for the overall strength of Serie A, they’d likely be much higher up the table.
We’ve already seen one North London club lose in Europe to an Italian giant this week, and in the span of 24 hours, Arsenal could well add themselves to that list of shame if they don’t show what they’re capable of in the first leg.
If you’re looking for value tonight, Bet365 are offering odds of 13/2 for Arsene Wenger’s men to win in Italy and both teams to score.