Arsenal’s Inconsistencies Highlighted

In one way, this campaign appears typical of Arsenal’s seasons under Arsène Wenger over the last ten years – a slow start, leaving them with ground to make up, followed by an upturn in the New Year that sees them stabilise their position.

However, this time around, it feels different. For a start, the gap to the leading clubs is now too big to bridge, and for another, the recovery has started later, which means that there is little chance of cracking the top four. In order to snatch a Champions League qualifying place, the Gunners would need to win all their remaining games, and hope that two teams out of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham go on a very bad run. That’s a combination of events that seems very unlikely.

According to the betting markets, things are unlikely to improve next sesaon. Arsenal are currently sixth favourites to win the Premier League and can generally be backed at around the 26.0 mark; a sad decline for a manager and a club that once challenged regularly for top-flight honours.

Inconsistency appears to be Arsenal’s problem. Whereas other top teams go on long unbeaten runs while losing the occasional game, Arsenal this season have blown hot and cold. Their longest run of what could be described as good form came between 3rd December and 3rd January when they went seven games without defeat, but that run included five draws, including dropped points against West Ham, Southampton and West Brom.

If their only defeats had come against top-five clubs, it would at least be a consistent picture of the level that this team has been at. However, while they have lost twice to Manchester City and once each to Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United, they have also suffered defeats against Watford, Stoke, Bournemouth, Swansea and Brighton.

The only hint of consistency from the Gunners this season has been their terrible away form. It took them until 22nd October to win an away game, and they’ve only won four out of 15 on the road so far. That’s a terrible record, but it’s also a symptom of one of their main causes of inconsistency – an inability to dig deep and battle. Away games at the “lower” clubs can be a physical and psychological test, and while Arsenal have always played good football under Wenger, they regularly fold when games turn into a physical contest.

That particular failing is partly down to Wenger. He could, after all, drill them to be as organised and resilient as Burnley, and he could have brought in one or two tougher players, but he hasn’t. Not only that, but Wenger has also been criticised for not being more demanding of his players. Watching them, you do not get the impression that they are frightened of the consequences of putting in a poor performance. When top players coast through games, they will sometimes be able to win on sheer talent alone, but often they will be outbattled by opponents who are giving their all.

Another way in which Wenger has contributed to their inconsistency is in his continual rotation of the squad and unusual selections, many of which have baffled fans and must be unsettling for players who don’t know where or whether they will be playing from one week to the next.

While their late surge may ease some of the pressure on Wenger, there is no reason to assume that next season will progress in a significantly different manner. If Arsenal are to leave their inconsistency behind next year, a new manager must be the summer priority.

Can Arsenal Finish In The Top 4 This Season?

After the emphatic 5-1 win against Everton, the immediate future anyway looks bright. We’ve got new signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off to flying starts, with the Armenian notching up a hattrick of assists and the new forward scoring a debut goal.

Supported by the mercurial Mesut Özil and in form Aaron Ramsey, things are looking good for Arsenal.

But at the moment we sit 5 points behind 4th placed Chelsea although they have a game in hand. So as it stands it’s not impossible for Arsenal to nick that last Champions League spot – but it’ll be tough.

We of course have another route into the Champions League, via the Europa League – with a first round knockout game against Ostersunds FK from, erm… Sweden apparently.

It’s hard to decide which route Arsenal should focus all of their energies on, either 4th spot in the Premier League or lifting the Europa League trophy.

With the Premier League, we would be competing with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham meaning that there’s only 2 spots available for 4 heavyweight teams. And with the Europa League, we would have to overcome European big hitters such as Borussia Dortmund, Athletico Madrid, Napoli, Lyon, Lazio, AC Milan, Marseille and CSKA Moscow.

So neither route is easy!

If you had to put money on Arsenal reaching the Champions League then your best bet would be via the Premier League. We’re only 5 points behind 4th spot at the moment and there are enough games to claw back that lead. But with the Europa League, there are too many variables and we’re without new signings Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang who are cup tied.

Thus said, Arsenal could cause a headache to those who would like to place a bet on them in future matches. But that’s the situation in online sports betting at this time, so if you need the best odds on betting, there are many sites such as BettingTop10 that give all the information you need plus the current special deals and free bonuses currently on offer.

If you ask me I have faith in Arsenal finishing 4th this season, only just though by the skin of their teeth! I can see some final day drama going on with that final Champions League spot!

An Arsenal clear out is needed this summer

Another season not even over and another time to reflect on what could have been for this famous club called Arsenal. For 14 years, Arsenal fans have failed to win the league title and this season will be yet another nightmare for the Gunners faithful. Majority of Arsenal fans don’t know how to make money online by betting on their club as they don’t know the Arsenal that would turn up at a particular point in time.

For too long under Arsene Wenger, who is the most successful coach in the history of the north London. Arsenal fans have cast envious glances at the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City who have been successful after spending so big. A lot of players on the Arsenal books are not Arsenal standard, and won’t get to start at a number of other top 6 rivals. The likes of Debuchy, Chambers, Elneny, Walcott and Welbeck should be let go, as they don’t have what it takes to play for a big club of that stature.

With Wenger into the first six months of the two-year contract he signed at the end of last season following the FA Cup Final victory over Arsenal, there have been talk of the legendary manager quitting at the end of this season, with former Chelsea man, Ancelotti rumoured to be interested in his services.

The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have failed to extend their contracts with the club, indirectly blaming a lack of ambition on the part of the club for their decisions. There are too many players that don’t take responsibility for their actions, and it has affected the team when big players are supposed to turn up and display their magic.

Arsenal need a new set of player to play alongside the committed ones that are hungry and willing to play for such a big club. The first step would be to ship out the dead wood.

Why Arsenal Must Sell Alexis Sanchez in January


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So the big transfer news this January Transfer Window is about Alexis Sanchez, and whether he leaves for Manchester City now or in the summer.

Reports are saying that his move to Manchester City is a done deal and it’s up to Alexis Sanchez whether he leaves now or in the summer – if he leaves now Arsenal are likely to get around £20 million but if he goes in the summer that fee is mostly going to go straight to him as a signing on fee, as Manchester City won’t have to give Arsenal a bean once the summer comes.

Talk of Sanchez moving to Bayern Munich or PSG has cooled, even though in some ways a move to Paris would seem to make more sense. He would be playing alongside Neymar and Mbappe which is surely tempting and because he wouldn’t cost anything in the summer surely PSG would see that as an attractive option since they’ve spent mega money on Neymar already. But I digress.

If I was Arsene Wenger, I would sell him now.

Of course he is a special player – probably the best we have at the club by a long way – but he’s not firing on all cylinders and clearly doesn’t want to be here. Yes he guarantees goals and assists but you get the feeling that his presence is not ideal for the club.

It’s easy to look short term and see what he gives the team (and don’t get me wrong, I love Alexis). He gives 110% every single time he puts on the Arsenal jersey and for me he’s the only world class player at the club. But Arsenal have royally cocked up the contract situation so should cash in while they can.

But there’s another reason why they should sell.

I believe that the team would benefit from his sale on a few different levels. Firstly a team is always bigger than one player and his departure would allow other players to shine. How many times has we seen Alex Lacazette subsituted towards the end of every game just because Arsene is too scared to take of Mesut Özil or Alexis Sanchez. It’s becoming a farce now and a player who has signed a long term contract with the club, who is also extremely talented, should be Arsenal’s main man. With Sanchez at the club that’s just not possible.

And the team will adapt. We’ve had a long line of quality forwards leave the club and we’ve always managed. With Sanchez gone maybe Arsene can find a way to play Olivier Giroud and Alex Lacazette in the same team? A formation tweak could see two motivated and loyal strikers kick on for the rest of the season.

Then there are the rumours that Alexis is a negative influence on the dressing room. Personally, I think that’s a load of b*llocks and every squad in the world has players with different personalities (just ask PSG) and I’m sure there are arguments from time to time but that’s football.

At the moment, Arsenal are stale, boring and predictable – but with Alexis Sanchez’s departure, at least there is some score for change which might be for the better.

How’s this for an Arsenal team?

With Sanchez gone, we could line up like this:

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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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