As we approach Arsenal’s first League match of the season on Sunday, there is a lot of discussion about which teams should be favourites to win the Premier League title come May next year. All bookies are giving Chelsea as most likely to retain their title, with Arsenal given as third best (after Man City) at 4/1. But are those odds based on reality?
As I pointed out at the beginning of the transfer window, it would be worth backing Arsenal at 11/2 to win the League, because when Petr Cech and other marquee signings came in the price would be dropping steadily.
These ‘other signings’ failed to materialise but I still believe the Gunners should be a shorter price by now. As Wenger pointed out, if the first quarter of the season was not hampered by injuries Arsenal would have been up there with Chelsea. Le Prof said today: “Chelsea won it by a margin last year so they are the favourites. After that let’s see how it goes. After 15 games you will know more about who will win the Premier League.
“Last year after 12 games we were 15 points behind Chelsea, and in the next 26 we took 58 points and Chelsea 55. That means we missed our start to the season because it was after the World Cup.
“So let’s start strong this season… I believe we have the needed ingredients. But we have a tricky start as well because we have two derbies and Liverpool in the first three games, so we have a difficult schedule from the start.
“We need to maintain our game. That’s important as well – that we develop what we do well and do not stand still. That means we develop our cohesion, our passing game. If we are capable to keep the cohesion and the solidarity we have at the moment through the 38 games, we have a good chance.”
It certainly looks like we have kept our ‘cohesion and solidarity’ as we have won every single game in our pre-season warm-ups, including the confidence boosting win over Chelsea at Wembley, while Chelsea have not registered any wins at all, and got beaten 4-2 by New York Red Bulls and by Fiorentina 1-0 in their last warm-up game, not to mention losing the Community Shield to us!
Okay Arsenal have only bought Petr Cech (another minus against Chelsea), but who has Mourinho signed? Radamel Falcao? He was blasted by Chelsea fans after the Fiorentina defeat, and with Diego Costa still carrying his ongoing hamstring injury he could be starting their game against Swansea on Saturday.
The other contender is Loic Remy, who has been known as Mr Offside since the Community Shield and gave Arsenal little problems during the game, so can someone please explain to me why Chelsea are still favourites for the title?
Come on I may be biased, but I cannot help but think that Arsenal have had the way better form for the whole of 2015, and there is no reason to think that we are going to regress when the season starts properly. Our first three matches are all played in London, so there will be little travelling while we work our way to fitness, while Chelsea have to go to the Etihad Stadium in a couple of weeks.
I am going to confidently predict that Arsenal price will drop significantly in the next month, so if you fancy us to win the title then get on it now…..
Onwards and Upwards!