Groundhog Day For Arsenal Against City Tonight
Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City in the EFL Cup Final brought Arsene Wenger’s departure from the club closer. If the Premier League match at the Emirates tonight produces the same outcome he could be gone at the end of the season. When Arsenal were winning league titles and going through the season unbeaten Wenger was a massive price to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job.
The Frenchman is now odds-on not to be the Arsenal manager on the first day of next season and punters are still betting on an imminent parting of the ways. Wenger is now 16/1 with William Hill to be the next Premier League managerial departure but the price is only so big because Alan Pardew is on borrowed time at West Brom. The atmosphere could be toxic tonight and it will get worse if Manchester City win.
Arsenal now must put all their eggs in the Europa League basket. They are 10 points behind the team in fourth place so they don’t have a hope of qualifying for the Champions League via their league position. The winners of the Europa League make the Champions league so that must be the focus. The priority that is now Europe could influence attitude and motivation tonight.
Another meeting with Manchester City is the last thing Wenger wants. They have been certainties to win the league since before Christmas and City have won 26 of their last 30 league matches. Despite some injury problems and not being at their best City were much too good for Arsenal at Wembley. On current form MANCHESTER CITY must be backed at 5/6 with Betfair to beat Arsenal again.
Little Choice So We’re Off To Dubai
Racing is not immune from The Beat from the East and there could be a blank day because the All-Weather fixtures at Newcastle and Kempton are under threat. At least we know there will be no snow and ice at Meydan which hosts a fixture in Dubai today. No race is worth less than £55,000 to the winner and there are two Group 3 contests. VAZIRARBAD (4.50pm) is the bet of the meeting and the horse can be backed at 6/4 with Ladbrokes.