Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Saturday could be a sign of good things to come for Gunners fans. Arsene Wenger’s side were very poor throughout the game, equalising with their first and only effort on target in the 89th minute. To play poor and come away from Old Trafford against a Jose Mourinho side can’t be a bad thing.
The result leaves Arsenal three points off top after 12 games but with some tricky ties between now and New Year including trips to West Ham, Everton and Manchester City.
Performances from Wenger’s side after international breaks and European Cup ties have certainly been questioned over the years but with only two more Champions League games until February and no more international football until March, there’s a good run of games where Arsenal can show their Premier League title ambitions.
Alexis Sanchez up front is proving to be a genius move from the boss with six goals in his 11 Premier League starts. Keeping the Chilean fit and fresh for the whole season is essential though. Arsenal simply don’t have a like-for-like replacement. Olivier Giroud has turned into a great impact sub this season with important goals versus Sunderland and Manchester United in recent weeks but in previous seasons has proven inconsistent as the starting striker and Arsenal have not been genuine title contenders during this spell.
Arsenal are currently 8/1 to win the Premier League with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea the bookmakers’ favourites at similar lower prices.
After a home game with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League this week, Arsenal face Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. After the Gunners final Champions League group game, at FC Basel, Stoke City visit North London in the Premier League the following weekend.
Progression to the knockout stages of Europe’s elite club cup competition has already been secured but victory over PSG this week would also secure winning the group which would be huge come next month’s draw for the second round. The French champions have found their form domestically now so it’ll be anything but easy for Wenger’s side who were somewhat fortunate to come away with a draw in Paris to start this season’s competition.
Winning the Champions League doesn’t look realistic for Arsenal this season. Coming up against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich over two legs would appear to be too much for the Premier League side. Even Manchester City may prove too difficult.
Priced at 22/1 (eighth favourites), not even the bookmakers give Arsenal much of a chance of going all the way this season, with better odds on offer at CasinoDeal and other gambling avenues if you’re inclined to spend your money on long shots. Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are all a shorter price and with Juventus having a comfortable lead at the top of Serie A they can afford to rest players domestically ahead of knockout ties. Atleti could be out of the Spanish title race come February to do similar whilst Borussia Dortmund have already beat Bayern Munich this season.
The FA Cup has been a favourite of Arsenal’s in recent seasons and they cannot be counted out of winning the most prestigious domestic club cup competition this season. Though with Chelsea and Liverpool not in European competition you can expect the FA Cup to be on their priority lists.
Can Arsenal keep improving and stay with the favourites in the title race? Or is the FA Cup our best chance for a trophy again?