Arsenal are still being ranked as outsiders to finish in the top four next season despite their ambitious moves in the transfer market this summer.
The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League last season and missed out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years. It wasn’t so long ago the north Londoners were regularly challenging for the title but they’ve fallen away in recent years.
Not even the most die-hard supporter would back Arsenal to win the Premier League title next season. They’d rather try their luck playing online slots real money games than waste their hard earned money betting on the Gunners as they’re miles away from competing with the top teams.
Therefore, it’s no surprise to hear Mikel Arteta is working hard trying to overhaul his squad. Widespread reports suggest Arsenal are looking to strengthen throughout the team with a goalkeeper, two new full-backs, a centre-back, two midfielders and a No.10 all on Arteta’s wish list.
Money is tight at the Emirates without European football next season so the Gunners are needing to sell in order to raise extra money to fund their transfer plans. Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah could all leave over the coming weeks.
Their departures will leave plenty of holes needing to be filled and Arsenal are expected to bring in at least five new signings with highly-rated Brighton centre-back Ben White set to join in a £50m deal. White has forged a reputation as one of the best young talented in British football and has attracted interest from a number of top clubs so it would be something of a coup if Arsenal can get that deal over the line.
Arteta has also been linked with ambitious moves for Man City duo Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez while an offer has gone in for sought-after Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli – who’s on every big clubs radar after starring for Italy at the Euro’s this summer.
So Arsenal are certainly showing ambition in the transfer market as they look to get themselves back among the Premier League elite after a few years in the wilderness. However, despite their moves in the market, bookmakers are still backing the Gunners to miss out on the top four next season.
Arsenal are currently priced at odds of 11/2 at the best us online casino to finish in the Champions League qualification spots next year. Even managerless Tottenham are above them in the betting stakes at 6/1 while Leicester City are priced at odds of 3/1.
The bookmakers feel the top four race is easy to predict with defending champions Manchester City nailed on to finish in the top four with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all tipped to join them as they’re all odds-on to make the top four next season.
I’m sure the odds may change if Arsenal can secure some of their big name transfer targets but at this stage the bookies are still backing the Londoners to comfortably miss out on the top four positions during the 2021/22 campaign.