Crisis? What Crisis?
A week can be a very long time in football and don’t Arsenal know it.
After suffering a humiliating 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa, which triggered some fans to call for Arsene Wenger to spend some money to improve the squad, the Gunners have recorded back-to-back victories.
Fenerbahçe were brushed aside 3-0 in midweek to all but secure Arsenal’s place in the Champions League group stages and that good form continued this weekend with a classy 3-1 away win at Fulham.
Lukas Podolski grabbed a goal in each half after Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring on 14 minutes.
Wenger has also stepped up his efforts to spend some of the reported £70 million transfer kitty. Karim Benzema is on Arsenal’s radar and Wenger is likely to increase the £10 million offer to Newcastle, which was rejected last week, in order to snap up classy midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who refused to play for the Toon on Saturday against West Ham United as he seeks a move away from the north east.
This positive momentum has been mirrored in the outright win market for the Premier League. After drifting all the way out to 22/1 following last week’s home defeat, the north Londoners have been pummelled by punters with their price now a very well backed one at 16/1.
If Wenger can tempt Benzema, Cabaye and perhaps one more big name to the club, then that price will once again collapse.
Arsenal were not the only club subject of a market move in the Premier League winner market this weekend. Liverpool have also had to be cut in price by the bwin traders to 22/1 after a Daniel Sturridge goal capped a very professional 1-0 away win at Villa.
The England striker has looked very comfortable leading Liverpool’s line and his second match winning goal of the season was a real beauty.
The former Chelsea striker has teamed up with the talented Philippe Coutinho to great effect so far this campaign and it was the Brazilian’s creative guile that opened the space up for Sturridge, who beat Villa defender Antonio Luna before confidently rounding Brad Guzan to poke home.
He is now no bigger than 12/1 to finish the season as the Premier League’s top goalscorer.