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Arsenal FC drift to 5/1 in Premier League title race after Hammers defeat

Arsenal stunned by West Ham and the bookies take a dim view of Gunners’ title chances

Well that wasn’t in the script. After Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City, it was all about Arsenal claiming three points against West Ham and stealing an early march on their London rivals.

However, ninety minutes later and the Gunners were defeated and there’s a fair amount of pressure on the team for Saturday’s trip to Selhurst Park where they will face a Crystal Palace side brimming with confidence.

Betway have taken an especially dim view of Arsenal’s title chances after Sunday’s defeat, going 5/1 about the Gunners despite Arsene Wenger managing to capture Petr Cech during the summer.

Cech was notably poor against the Hammers despite John Terry having claimed he might be worth 12-15 points for Arsenal.

Wenger regarded Sunday’s defeat as an “accident” which will be corrected in due course, with the supporters crying out for a quality central forward after Olivier Giroud was given the nod ahead of Theo Walcott in the Premier League opener.

There have also been calls for a defensive central midfielder, with Francis Coquelin having been fast-tracked into that position and Jack Wilshere once again laid up with injury.

“We will respond to that accident,” Wenger said.

“The players were maybe too nervous and put too much pressure on themselves. Today we have been hurt mentally and it is a good opportunity to respond.

“We were not convincing offensively or defensively. I knew it could be a tricky game. If you can’t win the game, make sure you don’t lose it.

“I would like to think that we are responsible for buying the players, not the media,” the Frenchman said.

“When you’re a pro footballer, you have to face your responsibilities and not always look at something else.

“Today we have to look at ourselves and think we were not good enough and not to think that these kinds of things [signings] are solutions for us.”

Chelsea are out to 2/1 with Paddy Power and their free welcome bet offer for the title after the 2-2 draw with Swansea City and a convincing Manchester City performance tonight could see them head the betting market.

Manchester United hold steady at 5/1 after beating Tottenham Hotspur, with Liverpool a best price 20/1 after a last-gasp win against Stoke City.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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