Arsenal’s Worst Start in Years Sees Odds Drift by Thomas Matthews
Following Saturday’s early results, Arsenal could be backed at 25/1 for the title, however a defeat to Watford in the late kick-off has seen Wenger’s team drift out to 66/1.
Arsenal have had a lean time of it in recent history, but the odds suggest this is the worst start to a campaign since the 2011/12 season. In the opening seven games of that campaign, the Gunners lost to Liverpool, Blackburn, Tottenham, and Manchester United. After eight games, Wenger’s men were 10th with ten points, leaving them twelve points behind City and 80/1 to win the league. They did however manage to recover from that miserable start and finish third behind the two Manchester clubs.
After seven games in the 2011 season, Wenger was 16/1 to be the next manager to leave his post, largely due to pressure on other struggling managers Steve Kean 5/4 and Steve Bruce 3/1. Even though the odds (and table) suggest the Gunners are struggling this season, Wenger’s short-term future is looking relatively secure. The long-serving Frenchman remains 33/1 to be the next manager to his leave his post with Everton chief Ronald Koeman the bookies’ favourite at 2/5.
Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek said: “Arsenal finished 19 points off the Champions Man City in 2011/12, but still managed Champions League qualification and it’s not hard to imagine Arsenal fans being satisfied with a similar scenario this season with the north London club 9/4 to finish in the top four.”
The title may be out of reach already, but do you think we can even make the Top Four now?