In the end, the gap was 12 points: enough to suggest to football betting newcomers that they were never in with a chance. But, as has so often been the case in recent seasons, Arsenal were very much in contention for the Premier League title until a late collapse.
Draws against West Brom, Blackpool, Liverpool and Tottenham proved costly, while end-of-term defeats to Bolton, Stoke and Aston Villa sealed the Gunners’ fate.
While it would be tempting to conclude that as Arsenal were in the mix for much of last term it would not take much for them to win the title next year, the fact that they have stumbled on the home straight so often in recent times indicates the need for a more radical approach.
It is perhaps for this reason that the Gunners are only fourth-favourites at 6/1 in bwin’s Premier League title market, which means new customers can make £175 from their free £25 bet if the Gunners emerge victorious.
However, their place in the top four is also far from secure, as the football betting odds for Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City to secure Champions League qualification are all shorter than those for Arsenal, who are fourth-favourites at 1/2.
However, Arsenal betting fans dreaming of a first title since 2005 will be buoyed by an apparent commitment by manager Arsene Wenger to oversee the most expansive rebuilding programme seen at the club for several years.
With the Gunners having failed to win a trophy for the sixth straight year, the Frenchman has conceded that he needs to splash the cash to challenge for honours next season.
While his commitment does not extend to competing with the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid at the top end of the market, Wenger has nevertheless pledged to be “very active” for the “first time for a while”.
Central defenders and central midfielders are top priorities, although replacements for Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will also need to be parachuted in should the more attack-minded duo leave over the summer.
Given the volume of work facing him, it does not come as a surprise that Wenger has, according to the Daily Mirror, cancelled his summer holiday on order to plan for next season.
That said, should this hard work result in Arsenal having greater defensive solidity and midfield discipline to go along with their established attacking flair, then football betting odds of 6/1 on Arsenal to win the title will suddenly look extremely tempting.
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