Little over a week ago, Arsenal were beating champions Chelsea to lift the Community Shield and more confident of ending their 12-year wait for the Premier League title than they had been at any prior point in the drought.
Sunday’s dismal 2-0 defeat to West Ham at the Emirates has completely killed the mood though, knocking them out to 9/2 to finish first and – even more shockingly – provoking countless bets on Arsene Wenger being the next Premier League manager to leave his position.
The 19-year Gunners veteran has been backed in all the way from 100/1 to 20/1, with the majority of bets confirmed to have come from customers based in north London.
bwin.com bookmaker Glenn Woodage said: “Everyone was tipping Arsenal for the league and West Ham for relegation. Now, after that shock home defeat, fans are questioning where their big-money signing is, whether Olivier Giroud is good enough and what happens if Alexis Sanchez gets injured.
“Arsenal’s next two fixtures are a trip to Crystal Palace and a home clash with a new-look Liverpool – two teams who won away on the opening weekend – so their much-hyped title bid could be over by the end of August.”
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is the current market leader at 4/1 following his side’s alarming 4-2 loss to Leicester, with under-pressure Everton coach Roberto Martinez next in line at 6/1.