Arsenal are currently the second favourites to end the season as the winner of the Europa League, but is that title worthy?
The early betting on this competition is one which will rarely pay fruitful, unless you managed to put all your eggs on Jose Mourinho to guide his Man United team to glory a couple years back, with many of the eventual winners actually not in the betting at the opening exchanges. Teams drop out of the Champions League into the second-tier competition following the group stage of the competition, and many of the eventual winners have come this route, including current favourites Chelsea who won the competition in 2013, the year after winning the Champions League in fact.
With two of the last five winners of the UEFA Europa League, the Premier League is definitely a good starting point when looking for the eventual winner, and you can forgive the bookmakers for putting pressure on the English sides with favouritism, as I agree that the pair both have a great shout.
Arsenal are beginning to get to grips with the new systems being put into place by Unai Emery this term, and the partnership of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette is set to thrive (I can feel it).
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At 9/1 to win the competition this season, I certainly wouldn’t put you off putting it into your novelty bets to see out the season, but do they deserve to be as short considering the amount of teams they will have to surpass? And will they prioritise a top-four finish when push comes to shove?