Three early predictions for the Watford v Arsenal match

I have been doing very well with my predictions in recent weeks, I called the correct score 2-0 in the win over Napoli here and also called it right here when I said Arsenal would win by two goals against the Italians, in fact, I also suggested you back Arsenal at 5/1 to win the Europa League outright as the price would drop after the game and that is exactly what happened.

Now that I have done my boasting and set myself up for a fall, I am going to make three early predictions for the game against Watford, a game we bloody must win.

Why Arsenal changed their mind about the Checkatrade Trophy

Arsenal Will Be Taking Part in the EFL Trophy

Arsenal Football club has accepted an invitation to take part in the EFL Trophy after rejecting the offer for two years. This will see their Under-21 side being joined by a quartet of other London-based Premier League clubs.

The Gunners have not taken advantage of invites over the past two seasons, but it is understood that discussions over the value the competition brings, which pits teams from Leagues One and Two against premier academies have been ongoing during this period.

Per Mertesacker Said Yes

Maybe the Arsenal reserves will do better against West Ham than our first team did!

Arsenal face West Ham United this evening in a game that could get us to the semi-final of the competition, but he is obviously worried about playing any of his tired first team players, who have played three games in the space of a week and the boss wants them fresh for Friday night’s crucial clash against Liverpool.

Bt not only are our reserves fresher, they also proved they could score lots of goals in our race to the top of our Europa League Group, so perhaps they could even perform better than our first team, who only managed a 0-0 draw in our League game against the Hammers last week. Wenger said in yesterday’s pre-game press conference: “Some players are a little bit on the edge.”

Wenger’s strong Arsenal XI to avoid any Doncaster slip-up

A quick look at the recent results, as well as the fact that Arsenal are one of the big boys in the Premier League while our Carabao Cup opponents tonight, Doncaster, are struggling in League One after being promoted last season, tells you that the Gunners are huge favourites to go through to the next round.

We do not even have to play in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Keepmoat stadium but will have the advantage of the perfect playing surface of the Emirates, but stranger things have happened and despite a morale boosing draw away to Chelsea after two wins against Bournemouth and Cologne, Arsenal are not exactly full of confidence or in top form, so I think Wenger will have to field a decent Arsenal team tonight.

Arsenal now 33/1 for title and more are betting on relegation!

52% of punters believe Arsenal could be relegated by  Tom Bloomfield

Summary:

–          52% of bets on Arsenal being relegated

–          Arsenal now 33/1 to win the Premier league

It’s not a stretch to say that the start of the season has been disastrous on and off the field for Arsène Wengers side and punters are starting to think that the worst could happen.

It’s still a huge 1000/1 best price for the Gunners to go down to the second tier for the first time since 1919, however 52% of bets placed in the Premier League relegation market since yesterday morning have been on just that.

Who is betting on Arsenal to be relegated and Wenger to be sacked?

Wenger Out? Odds Tumble on Manager Being First to Leave by Thomas Matthews, Oddschecker

–          Wenger shortens from 33/1 to 8/1 to leave

–          Surge in bets for Arsenal to be relegated after loss to Liverpool

Arsenal showed faith in Arsene Wenger this summer by awarding him a new two-year contract, but the punters have begged to differ on his future after Sunday’s horror show, with odds drastically shortening after an increase in bets on Wenger to leave his position.

In the last 48 hours, bookmakers have shortened their odds for the manager to be the first to leave to as low as 8/1 (12.5% probability.)

Arsenal will have our best team out to try and conquer Liverpool

In today’s game at Liverpool, Arsenal should have a semblance of their best team out on the park for a change. Koscielny returns from suspension and Alexis Sanchez returns to the forward line, and they will both play for the first time with our new arrivals Alexandre Lacazette and Saed Kolasinac. And of course our German playmaker Mesut Ozil will also be playing at Anfield.

Kolasinac is really forward to playing with Alexis in an official match for the first time after watching him in training. “It is very important to have him back,” Kolasinac said. “He can make real difference in games.

Arsene Wenger very pleased at ‘nice man’ Koscielny’s return against Liverpool

Arsenal have been playing with a makeshift defence in our last two League games, so Arsene Wenger will be very happy to see Laurent Koscielny to return from his suspension against Liverpool today. Obviously he won’t be completely match fit, but surely he must do better than our current back three.

Wenger is pleased to have the ‘quiet man’ back in the squad. “He was suspended for a while and apart from Stoke we did quite well with him not being there, but of course we are happy that he’s back and available for selection again.” Le Prof said.

Can Arsenal destroy Liverpool’s spirits after their Champions League success?

Arsenal travel to Anfield today to try and get on track after the Gunners abysmal result at Stoke City last week, but Liverpool will be in a much more confident mood after scoring four goals against Hoffenheim in midweek to earn a place in the Champions League Group Stages.

The Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is urging his players to use that win as a stepping stone to further success, and not to get complacent. “We know this is an important part of our development. Another step,” Klopp said on the official Reds site. “Getting into the position to have the play-off was important. Winning the play-off was important. What is now important is to keep moving forward. What can we achieve next?