Arsenal’s season objective – Upturn in results breathes newfound optimism
Defeats against the likes of Stoke City and Watford at the start of the 2017-18 Premier League season had the Arsenal fans thinking that this campaign would be another one of disappointment.
While a title challenge seems vastly ambitious, a spike in performances and results over the last few weeks has restored the feel-good factor around the Emirates Stadium.
Three consecutive wins, with no goals conceded and a North London derby victory to boot, have shown that Arsenal have all the ingredients to be a force to be reckoned with in English football’s top flight.
However, consistency will be paramount to a successful campaign – but what would be deemed as an acceptable outcome when the season comes to a close?
After missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s reign last term, the bare minimum in 2017-18 must be a top-four finish.
Those partaking in online sports betting 2018 will find short odds of 6/4 for Arsenal to achieve the objective this season and return to Europe’s top tournament after a 12-month hiatus.
Manchester City have too much of a lead over the Gunners to deem it a realistic goal for the North London side to catch them and as such the search for silverware will have to turn to cup competitions.
Arsenal have made it through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup and have a favourable home draw against West Ham United next up, with the tournament’s potential importance starting to increase.
With City, Manchester United and Chelsea all still in the mix also the Gunners will have to overcome some strong opponents to lift the trophy, but are at odds of 8/1 to prevail.
Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders and will look to put in a strong showing in the historic competition in the new year, while the Europa League will also be an opportunity for the club to create lasting memories.
Although often chastised as Europe’s secondary tournament, winning the competition is no mean feat given the number of games needing to be played and teams dropping down from the Champions League.
With the added incentive of automatic qualification to the top competition next season for the eventual winners, Wenger will surely place more importance to it as the club move through the stages.
The bookies fancy Arsenal as one of the sides capable of going all the way, with the Gunners 6/1 favourites with most outlets.
Gunners supporters will hope that the good form can continue this weekend against Manchester United, with a top-four finish and some cup silverware now looking achievable.
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