Our Dominance in the North London Derby

Many fans and pundits alike thought Tottenham Hotspur were favourites going into the North London derby at the Emirates last month.

Heading into the match Spurs were joint second in the Premier League and four points above us languishing down in sixth position.

They had unconvincingly beaten Crystal Palace 1-0 and Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley Stadium before the international break.

However, only one team turned up on the day and that was the mighty Arsenal as we ran out 2-0 winners on 18 November 2017 – with goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez before half-time.  Heading into the match there had been no clear favourite in the football betting odds with both team odds against to pick up the three points.

In truth, the scoreline could have been greater but the result and performance was the most important thing.  It was a game where Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez showed their World Class abilities left all Arsenal fans praying they will extend their contracts beyond this season.

This was followed up by victories over Burnley (1-0) and Huddersfield Town (5-0) before being beaten at home by Manchester United last weekend.  Even then we still produced 15 shots on target and were denied any points from the game through a mixture of David de Gea’s superhuman effort, and two defensive errors in the opening 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, our victory over Spurs was the start of a winless streak for them.  They have since been held 1-1 at home by West Brom, beaten 2-1 at Leicester City and held 1-1 at Watford.  Subsequently we are now three points better off than our neighbours in the Premier League table, though still one point outside of the top four ourselves.

Last month’s North London derby victory was our 65th in the league against Tottenham and it’s not the only head-to-head record that’s better than theirs.

In terms of the trophy count we’re also way out in front.  Our 13 top flight titles embarrasses their two – which, by the way, is less than the likes of Huddersfield Town, Wolves and Blackburn Rovers.

Our record 13 FA Cups is five more than Spurs have, though they do beat us four to two in the EFL Cup count but that’s nothing compared to the two major domestic competitions.

We’re fighting on all fronts this season, looking to get back into the Champions League, either via a top four finish or potentially through winning the Europa League.  We’re at mid-table Championship outfit Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round in January too.  Later this month we have our EFL Cup quarter-final tie at home to West Ham – though that will be another chances for Arsene Wenger to give the youngsters and fringe players a run out during a busy Christmas period.

The graphic below from Betfair highlights the biggest derbies in English football and has a look at our head-to-head record against both Tottenham and Chelsea, as well as the all-time Premier League London derby records.

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Gunners gearing up for life after Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s chances of winning a first Premier League title since 2003-04 were already decidedly remote as it was, but the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium extinguished the last remaining hopes.

There’s still plenty left to play for in the current campaign, with Champions’ League qualification via either a top four Premier League finish or by winning the Europa League now being the priority.

For the hopelessly optimistic among the Gunners’ faithful, you can now back Arsenal at odds as big as 125/1 (with Bet Victor) to win the Premier League.  More realistically, a ‘Top 4’ finish can be backed at 6/4 with Paddy Power, whilst Europa League success is a 6/1 shot with William Hill (which looks less than generous with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund all potentially destined for the competition via the Champions’ League).

Anyone predicting a fourth FA Cup success in five seasons will be tempted by the 10/1 offered by Bet Victor and you can get a tempting 7/1 with Unibet for Carabao Cup glory.  All those betting odds will be subject to change over the coming days and weeks, so be sure to check out the Freebets.co.uk Arsenal team page for all the very latest bookies prices and football news from a Gunners perspective.

Events off the pitch could be equally fascinating at the club over the coming months, with changes clearly afoot at the Emirates Stadium.

It seems increasingly unlikely that either Alexis Sánchez or Mesut Özil will still be Arsenal players by the time the 2017-18 season gets underway.  Speculation that either player could be sold in the New Year seems wide of the mark, with Arsène Wenger being unlikely to sanction any sales with so much left to play for this term and with the January transfer window being notoriously difficult to sign top quality players should he require replacements.

From the player’s viewpoint, both Sánchez and Özil could almost certainly get better personal terms by moving at the end of the season on free transfers (and they can of course agree a pre-contract from January), so there’s little benefit in either seeking a move prior to then.

The summer transfer window could be hugely significant for Arsenal’s future, with the comings and goings being a good indication as to how the club will operate post-Wenger.

With Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott all out of contract in 2019, the club will want to avoid a repeat of the contract situations with Sánchez and Özil, so there could potentially be some significant changes to the Gunners squad on the horizon should the players they want to keep not put pen to paper on new deals.

The imminent arrivals of Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment and Raul Sanllehi (Barcelona’s former Director of Football) as head of football relations, added to the earlier appointments of Jens Lehmann (first-team coach), Darren Burgess (Director of high performance) and Huss Fahmy (contract negotiator) are further signs of the club’s gradual transition process towards the eventual departure of Arsene Wenger.

Wenger’s announcement that he is set for an end of season review was seen by some as an indication that he might be leaving halfway through his current (and surely final) two-year contract, but this is just his customary annual review and is unlikely to signal anything more contentious taking place.

There’s no clear favourite in the managerial betting odds as to Wenger’s successor as yet, with Thomas Tuchel, Diego Simeone, Patrick Vieira, Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti being among the market leaders at present.

Why Arsenal Football Club Are Worth Betting On

Arsenal had a pretty disappointing last season as the club missed out on a top four finish for the first time in 20 years. Initially, the club was expected to be one of the title challengers by TV and football pundits. While Arsenal had a pretty good start to the season, everything changed in the second half. For many fans, it felt like Arsene Wenger had lost control over his team for the first time.

Many fans started to show their disappointment by demanding Wenger’s resignation. Moreover, the future of star players such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil was also under doubt. However, all of this came to an end when Arsenal won the FA Cup. Fans started to believe that Wenger might still be the right man for the job – at least the majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, thinks that way. Wenger has since signed a two-year contract extension with the club and will be leading his team out once again next season.

Arsenal will begin their new Premier League campaign against Leicester City at the Emirates. Despite the disappointments of the last season, Wenger has managed to sign the goal machine, Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac who was named the best left back in the Bundesliga last season. Apart from these two arrivals, fans are still hoping for the addition of at least one more big name before the summer transfer window closes.

Wenger has also managed to so far keep hold of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Hence, he has an excellent and experienced team at his disposal which can challenge big teams on all fronts.

These are the reasons why Arsenal football club is worth betting on for a title challenge. While many bookies do not believe Arsenal to be a threat in front of Liverpool, the Manchester clubs, Tottenham and Chelsea, we think they might surprise everyone. So the Sun Bets (https://www.sunbets.co.uk/) odds of 12/1 on Arsenal to win the Premier League title 2017/2018 looks good value.

Apart from the Premier League title, there are a number of other bets on Arsenal worth looking at. For instance, the Gunners have won three FA Cups in the last four years. Therefore, they are a good bet for winning the FA Cup once again. You can get 7/1 on the club to retain the FA Cup in the upcoming season.

The odds on Arsenal winning the Europa League are 8/1 which would be a significant trophy for the club to bring to the Emirates trophy cabinet.

What’s more amazing is that many fans are dreaming of a domestic double. The odds are 60/1 on them winning the Premier League and successfully defending the FA Cup in the upcoming season. Moreover, there are 80/1 odds on the Gunners landing the Premier League and Europa League trophies. These are some very appealing bets to be fair, but it all depends on how Arsenal line up next season.

They have to be determined and resilient if they are to win any major trophy. We all know Arsene Wenger has done it before and he can do it once again – he just has to ensure that his team remains dedicated.

Our guess is that Arsenal and Wenger will prioritise domestic tournaments, especially the Premier League. With new arrivals, fans are hoping to see the glory days return to the Emirates.

All eyes are now on Arsenal and how the club performs in the pre-season tour against a few big clubs. Lacazette has already opened his account after scoring for Arsenal against Sydney FC. The club is yet to face Chelsea, Benfica and Sevilla which will be significantly tougher teams to beat.

Arsenal Top-Four Dream is Kept Alive

Recently, we’ve experienced an incredible match when the Gunners clashed against the Red Devils of Manchester United. As you all know, Arsenal was able to end the 25-match unbeaten streak of Manchester United in the Premier Leagues with a great score of 2-0 at the Emirate Stadium. At the same time, Arsenal has revived all hopes of securing a spot on the top four of the league after the goals scored from Danny Welbeck and Granit Xhaka.

The game was indeed Arsenal’s first competitive win over Manchester United under the management of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese coach preferred to keep his players fresh for their Europa League match instead of keeping their chance of staying in the top four position in the Premier Leagues alive. The last time United lost a match was in October, and rotating the life-up for the Arsenal Vs Man Utd match has proved to be fatal for Mourinho.  Now with just a couple of matches left, the Gunners are keeping their fingers crossed to move up a rank on the table.

The Gunners managed to stay in the hunt for this much coveted fourth place in the Premier League during their awesome match against Southampton lately. The goals came in from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez in the second half. This was Arsenal’s 4th win in their last five matches and if they can move within just one point of Liverpool, they can beat Stoke City.

It was Sanchez who played fabulous in the second half and slotted home in the box after wrong-footing two of the defenders. Giroud later came in as a substitute and nodded one in from a close range. Southampton was not threatening, with only one chance in the first half when Gabbiadini got a close range shot and forced Petr Cech to make the save. After this defeat, Southampton stays in their tenth position on the table. On the other hand, Arsenal has moved up to the fifth position, with only three points separating them from Manchester City, who are currently clinging to their fourth spot.

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Arsene Wenger seems to be handling the pressure well and has made his team deliver on the pitch despite many fans wanting him to step down. This short recovery of the team could mean that we will continue seeing him manage the team. He would most probably have to prove that he can still make Arsenal reach the top -four position in the Premier League for the twentieth year in a row. With their confidence boosted after their last few wins, we can only expect to see them bring out the best of football for this end of season.

Cheap Players That Arsenal Should Consider Buying

It has been speculated recently that Arsenal are going to spend big this summer, having learnt their lesson from before. However, what is more likely is that Arsene is going to spend as he usually did in the past – buy at reasonable prices and hope for the best.

Trying to buy the best players at reasonable prices is next to impossible, but as Football Manager players know, there is always the possibility of investing heavily on one or two world class players and then buying a couple more free agents with the pocket change left.

In this article we will look at 3 extremely cheap, but quality options, which Arsene can buy this summer to improve Arsenal’s squad depth. We have already done the scouting, so Arsene, if you are reading, please go for these players since this is a unique opportunity and it is just like being given an offer code completely for free.

Diego Laxalt

At the end of the season Arsene Wenger started playing with three centre backs and two wing-backs in a shift to formation which surprised everyone. The 3-4-3 was popularized this season by Conte and soon managers like Pochettino and Mourinho followed suit.

Arsene was the last to jump on the train, but it seems like he made the change at the right point of the season since it was early enough for some improved performances and crucially for an FA Cup trophy.

That brings us to our first transfer target, Diego Laxalt. The Uruguayan is still only 24, currently impresses for Genoa in Serie A and can play left wing-back or left winger. He is quick, pacey, difficult to shake off when marking, times his tackles to perfection and can deliver a killer cross.

He would be ideal for Arsenal’s new formation as Wenger would have two quality outlets down the wings with the Ox on the right and Laxalt on the left. In addition, he will also come quite cheaply as his current market value is no more than €8 million.

Ilija Nestorovski

Nestorovski is a natural goal scorer who can be considered as a late bloomer. He was unearthed by Palermo’s scouts last year after they saw him scoring for fun in the Croatian second division.

You would think that it is a big step up to move from the Croatian second tier to Italy’s Serie A, but for Ilija, it wasn’t. He was Palermo’s top goal scorer this season, notching 11 goals and 3 assists in a frankly rotten side which was relegated as early as April.

His current value is no more than €4 million and he is arguably the smartest purchase in Europe right now with the likes of Everton, Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina following his situation.

Etrit Berisha

Berisha is Albania’s and Lazio’s first choice keeper and he has had a terrific season. He is currently valued at only €6 million which makes him a bargain even if his price goes as high as €20 million in today’s inflated market.