Arsenal level with Manchester City after ten games and bookies cut odds on Gunners landing title
It has been eleven seasons since Arsene Wenger last celebrated a Premier League title victory, although it appears that Arsenal have a solid chance of ending this so-called drought come May.
The Gunners have a healthy return of 22 points from ten games played, with Saturday’s 2-1 win against Everton moving them top of the table before Manchester City’s goalless draw at Old Trafford means that the latter are ahead on goal difference.
However, Arsenal have shortened in the betting market, with bet365 offering 15/8 about a title triumph for the North London side and it appears that they are serious contenders.
Wenger must have been concerned after his team lost their opening match at home to West Ham, although the Hammers are proving to be the league’s surprise package and they also did a number on Manchester City at the Etihad.
Since that defeat, Arsenal have only wobbled the once when they lost at Stamford Bridge after Gabriel Paulista’s stupid red card, with mixed Champions League fortunes meaning that the Gunners might be able to focus harder on domestic matters.
Manchester City remain even money favourites with Paddy Power, although Manuel Pellegrini continues to be without David Silva and Sergio Aguero for the time being and a Champions League assault is on the cards this term.
Manchester United have drifted to 7/1 after failing to produce much in the way of scoring chances in the derby, with Wayne Rooney’s performance being criticised although Louis van Gaal is sticking with his captain for now.
Chelsea are now 50/1 to win the league, an amazing prospect considering they started the season at 11/8, with the Blues struggling badly at the moment and it appears the title race is a three-horse one.