Itâ€™s been sixteen years since the Gunners last lifted the premier league trophy. That season under the leadership of ArsÃ¨ne Wenger, Arsenal won 26 games to beat 2nd place Chelsea by eleven points. Ever since, Arsenal have been on a slow decline until finishing a club worst 8th on the table last season. At this point, you may be thinking Iâ€™m doing a terrible job of convincing you they have what it takes. But by the end of this article, you will understand the magnitude of the Arteta effect, and why it makes Arsenal the best value bet at +2500 to win the premier league.
Last season, on December 20th, Mikel Arteta joined a struggling Arsenal whose mid-season form had them finishing well under expectations. Artetaâ€™s first words upon arrival were that he wanted players who â€œdeliver passion and energy [to] the football clubâ€. This is exactly what he got. In the beginning, results were still poor. But week after week fans could see progress being made. Soon Arsenal was back to beating top class teams like it was the 2000â€™s.
The first test for Arteta was a premier league match against a strong Liverpool lineup managed by the great JÃ¼rgen Klopp. For the first 20 minutes of the game, Liverpool dominated possession and eventually broke through to score. This was familiar to Arsenal fans, and it seemed that the players would let the game slip away as usual. But all the sudden, you could see fire in the eyes of the Gunners. These were no longer the squandering bottlenecks Arsenal fans were used to. These were players who had fallen under the Arteta effect. Straight away the Gunners rallied to win with goals scored by Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson. This is when I started to realize that Arsenal now had a manger of championship caliber.
One week later, the Gunners were matched up with a talented Manchester City in the FA cup semi-final. This match was set up to be a cracker because Arteta was working as an assistant coach at City before Arsenal signed him on. He was touted as Pep Guardiolaâ€™s top pupil, and upon leaving, received very high praise. Would the pupil now be able to overtake the master? Manchester City was also looking forward to the match hoping to forget losing the league by winning some silverware for the cabinet. As the game started Arteta-ball was in full motion. David Luiz put in a master class performance reminding Arsenal fans of the Tony Adams era. And the new tactics implemented by Arteta proved to be too much for his former mentor. Arsenal would go on to win 2-0 shutting the high-powered City offense out to advance to the Final. This was a huge shock because nobody in the football world expected Arteta outsmart one of the greatest managers in football. The Gunners would then go on to complete a comeback win against Chelsea to clinch silverware half a season into Arteta-ball. This proves that Arteta has what it takes to win which is an invaluable trait for a manger.
I know I know; a manager is only so much of the equation. There are so many things that go into winning the premier league. But what if I told you Arsenal allocated 77.7 Million pounds ($100,264,080) to back Arteta in the transfer market? And with those funds, they brought in huge names like Thomas Partey, Willian and Gabriel to bolster their roster. Arsenal also resigned world renowned striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and managed to get Dani Ceballos back on loan from Real Madrid.
Along with all this momentum, Arsenalâ€™s rivals are struggling. Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool have all dropped points in the first four weeks of the season. Manchester city is currently fourteenth place after losing 5-1 to Leicester and drawing Leeds. Manchester United are also looking in shambles after not bringing in any big transfers and losing to Tottenham 7-1. Arsenal however are sitting pretty in fourth place behind only Everton, Aston Villa and Leicester City. If there was ever a time to push that red button and send a portion of your balance to a future bet, it is now. Arsenal have great value at +2500, and I expect them to perform well for the rest of the season. As always, good luck and fade me casually.
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