Arsenal are now 14/1 to win the Premier League, after a shocking 3-1 loss to Aston Villa on the opening day left them with new injury and suspension concerns ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce.
Centre-back Laurent Koscielny’s second yellow card means he misses the vital clash in Istanbul and with five of Arsenal’s starting line-up at the Emirates rated doubtful for the match – including full-backs Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna – the 7/4 on a win for the Turkish side does not seem fanciful, in a game that Arsene Wenger’s team have to at least draw if they are to be confident of passage to the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.
Elsewhere on opening day, former Gunner Robin van Persie bagged a brace in Manchester United’s 4-1 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, with last season’s table-toppers nibbled at in the title betting, at 5/2 into 12/5.
It was a far from vintage performance in David Moyes’ first game in charge, but with Danny Welbeck also scoring twice against the Capital One Cup-holding Swans, fears of a post-Fergie capitulation at Old Trafford will have been allayed for now.
Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool were impressive in their 1-0 win at home to Stoke, with new signing Iago Aspas particularly lively in midfield and Simon Mignolet – a £9m summer acquisition from Sunderland – making himself an instant Kop hero, after saving Jonathan Walters penalty and blocking Kenwyne Jones’ follow-up.
Daniel Sturridge continued his scintillating form from the second-half of last term – which yielded 11 goals in 14 games, after a January move to Anfield from Chelsea – with his 37th minute strike and he is a tantalising 16/1 to finish the season as Premier League top goalscorer.