Arsenal favourites for opening weekend clash with Liverpool

Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign this weekend at home to Liverpool, as they begin their quest to win a first league title since 2004.

The Gunners overcame rivals Manchester City in their final pre-season fixture in Sweden on Sunday, meaning Arsene Wenger’s men head into the new campaign with a winning mentality.

However, with Arsenal being seen as outsiders to overcome their closest competitors in the Premier League odds, it still remains to be seen whether the Gunners have what it takes to go the distance. Following their second place finish last time around, Arsenal have so far added Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding to their first team squad, with Wenger still keen to add further additions, particularly in the attacking third.

With Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey back in action over the weekend, goals from Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Chuba Akpom helped the Gunners to a 3-2 victory over Pep Guardiola’s City. However, a late injury to Brazilian defender Gabriel certainly took the gloss off the win, with the former Villarreal man being carried off the field on a stretcher in the closing stages.

Wenger has dismissed the possibility of signing a centre back before his sides fixture with Liverpool, in which the home side are the 5/4 favourites for victory in the Premier League odds from bookmakers Betway.

With Arsenal fans frustrated at a lack of transfer activity compared to their rivals, it comes as no surprise that Arsenal are outsiders in the odds on the outright winner for the Premier League title. Given Premier League odds of 13/2 by Betway, it is clear that Arsenal need more firepower in their ranks, having finished ten points behind champions Leicester City last season. However, the news that transfer target Alexandre Lacazette picked up an injury over the weekend does not seem to have effected Arsenal’s pursuit of the Frenchman, with Betway still backing the 25-year-old to move to the Emirates this summer with odds of 2/5.

Following his goal this weekend, Theo Walcott gave his manager a timely reminder of his capabilities, despite the England man’s wish to play on the right hand side, as opposed to a central striker position this season. Having missed out on a place at Euro 2016, Walcott faces a make or break season at the Emirates, with many questioning whether it is time for the former Southampton youngster to jump ship in search of more playing time.


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