What’s the realistic points target from the Gunner’s first three matches?
Football fans can hardly contain themselves this week as we get ready to kick off yet another season and do it all again. Every team has their aspirations and goals that they’d like to achieve this year and, of course, Arsenal are no different. Champions League football and a cup or two is definitely on the agenda, but many are hoping for a little more and would like to mount a serious title charge.
So let’s see where the Gunners could be come the end of August. The three teams that stood in the way of the London team’s perfect nine point start were Leicester (H), Stoke (A), and Liverpool (A). We managed to scrape through a dramatic first game, and for Lacazette to score so quickly on his debut was promising, but we could do without many more of these heart-stopping fixtures but we now have two daunting away fixtures to build on that win.
Arsenal were 1/2 on bet365 to beat the Foxes, and all signs were looking good for a win in front a home crowd. Big signing Alexandre Lacazette had the international football betting community behind him to make a big splash at the Emirates and he was 10/3 to be the first goal scorer of the season. That was a very good bet as he only took 94 seconds to give Arsenal the lead!
Next up they will head to the bet365 stadium to take on Stoke. Always a tough game away but Stoke had a rough go of it last season and finished 13th with only 44 points, their lowest total since 2013. The Potters will be hoping Sadio Berahino can start firing in front of goal, with the striker yet to score since arriving from West Brom back in January. Manager Mark Hughes has faith in the forward though and is urging supporters to give him time to settle in. However, due to their form at the end of last year, Wenger should be looking for another 3 points here to continue their winning start.
Week 3 offers the first major test for the club when they make the formidable trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool. The Reds are rarely not at their best when playing at home and this will be a tough afternoon for the Gunners. They have made some smart investments this summer and added more to their already potent attack. The Reds signed Mohamed Salah from Roma for £34 million and young U23 England international Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, to add to already large array of attacking options for the club.
This will be incredibly tough to win and Arsenal supporters would probably be happy with a draw for this fixture. Seven points would be a pretty good start to Arsenal’s campaign this season, especially getting the always tricky trip to Anfield out of the way nice and early with the fanatical Scousers behind their team.
Would you be happy with 7 points from the first three games?