Will Unai Emery return the glory days to Arsenal?

Gunners 28/1 to win the Premier League

The final match of the 2017/18 season brought an end to the longest-serving Premier League manager’s reign. Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board eventually bowed to pressure from the stands with the club’s followers tired of seeing the Londoners under-perform in England and Europe.

A sixth-place finish last season means they will again miss out on Champions League football and that will have a knock-on effect for the club’s finances. Arsenal can’t afford too many seasons away from Europe’s elite.

From France to Spain, The Gunners have turned to former PSG boss Unai Emery in a bid to get them back to where followers believe they belong. Wenger held tight control over the purse strings, preferring to bring through the game’s hottest young talents, but his predecessor isn’t afraid to spend big in a bid to buy glory, famously signing Neymar for a world-record transfer fee of 222m euros. Will he be given riches to spend at the Emirates?

Regulars to Ashburton Grove won’t care how much goes out as long as the manager can bring back the glory days but what’s the chances of a quick turnaround? Bookmakers have had their say and it makes for interesting reading.

The early betting in next season’s Premier League title race suggests Manchester City can’t be touched and will retain their title and move to two in-a-row. There’s currently no more than William Hill’s 4/6 available and that tells punters the story of how odds-makers see this one going.

City were almost unplayable last season and with money to spend and the team growing in confidence Pep Guardiola and his boys should kick on from there. Champions League runners up Liverpool start second in the list with 6/1 the biggest at the time of writing before we find Man Utd 7/1, Chelsea 12/1 and Tottenham 14/1.

Get your money down early

It’s only then we come to Arsenal who carry a chunky 28/1 price tag. That suggests they have little if any chance of getting involved but the odds may just catch the attention of value hunters. 28/1 about a side yet to make a transfer? Emery will want to bring his own players in and have a bit of a clear-out. He’ll also want to make a statement early with a big name signing and that should shorten their odds.

Our advice, if you fancy an interest play on Arsenal winning the title get in now as their price should be snipped all summer as Emery gets to work reshaping the club from top to bottom.

A top-six finish is nailed on for Arsenal – as you would expect – with 1/5 the best any bookmaker is willing to handle on that one, but things get interesting when you ask the question of a top-four spot. That will be the manager’s pre-season goal set-out by the board and traders think they’ll struggle with 11/4 doing the rounds. Tottenham are also attractive at 4/5 with Chelsea 4/6.

There are a number of transfer specials for Arsenal fans to have a punt on over the summer. 13/2 on Karim Benzema arriving, 10/1 Joe Allen, 10/1 Malcom, 25/1 Paul Pogba, 25/1 Sergio Aguero and 25/1 Toby Alderweireld.

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