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Arsenal Season Preview for 2019/20 With Odds and Predictions

| June 19, 2019 12:00 am PDT
Arsenal Odds and Predictions for the 2019-20 EPL

It’s time to take a look at Arsenal and explore what the club did in the past season and what to expect from the next one.

For many, the Gunners were among the most interesting teams to watch because of the departure of Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman was at the helm for more than 20 years, and it was interesting to see what his successor Unai Emery could do.

I would say that the start of his career in England left most Arsenal supporters with mixed feelings, to say the least. Still, it’s early days, and no one knows what the future holds.

In this preview of the 2019-2020 season, I will share my predictions for Arsenal and try to find if there are some good betting odds out there.

Arsenal 2018-19 Season Review

For years, we wondered what would happen when Arsene Wenger left Arsenal. Many expected the club to flourish without the French specialist, while others predicted doom and gloom.

As often happens, the reality was somewhere in the middle. The Gunners looked better in some parts of the season but struggled in others. That’s only natural for a team that has some world-class players but also lacks quality in a couple of departments.

The most obvious issue was the defense. Arsenal’s record in the English Premier League was abysmal after the side conceded 51 goals. While there were several injuries that certainly affected the Gunners, the overall performance of the team was bad.

The personnel in that part of the pitch includes a lot of aging players like Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal, as well as guys who are probably not good enough. The best example for the latter is Shkodran Mustafi, who was culpable of a bunch of critical mistakes.

The other negative from the 2018-2019 season was the performance away from home. Arsenal lost a lot of points, even against opposition from the bottom of the table.

On the bright side, there were some highlights that certainly make the fans happy. The Gunners were better in the big games, beating Tottenham, Chelsea, and Manchester United. That was one of the weak sides of the club under the late Arsene Wenger.

The main reasons for the better performance were the intensive pressing and the hard work of the team. Arsenal was among the leaders in distance covered in the EPL.

At the end of the day, the team failed to win a place in the top 4 after missing on numerous opportunities in the league. One could say that the distraction of the Europa League played a role, too, but the fact is that Arsenal lost the final of the competition.

The Gunners won’t be part of the UEFA Champions League next season, which was the ultimate goal in front of Unai Emery. There was no joy in the domestic cup competitions either, so the overall assessment of the campaign is that it was average at best.

The striking partnership between Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saved the day on multiple occasions, but other big players failed to deliver. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Mkhitaryan hardly earned their high salaries, so there are a lot of questions for Emery.

The team also lost Aaron Ramsey for free, which was a monumental mistake. The Welshman was one of the best players for large periods of the season and will now join Juventus.

What Arsenal Needs This Summer

Oh boy, where do I start? The first thing Arsenal and Unai Emery need to do is figure out the future of some of the highest-paid players in the squad.

The manager doesn’t like some of them, and they haven’t done much to change his opinion. The wages of Mesut Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Mustafi, Kolasinac, and a couple more simply don’t return what’s expected on the pitch.

The best for Arsenal would be to move their contracts and sell them, generating money and cap space for squad members that will provide more. It will be hard, though, as it’s not like there’s a line waiting for them.

If the Gunners fail to sell most of the group above, they will be in trouble. The lack of Champions League soccer means that the budget of the club is not big. There is not enough money to get proven players, so Arsenal will probably have to gamble with youngsters and guys with a lower profile. That could harm the chances of the team to progress in the next season.

The best scenario for Arsenal would be to sell some players and strengthen the team in a couple of key areas. Another solid center back seems like a must. Adding a player in his prime to the group of Sokratis, Koscielny, and Holding should be enough.

The Gunners also need players on the wings and in the middle of the park. Ramsey will be gone, and the lack of creativity was obvious at times. Replacing Ozil and Mkhitaryan and adding at least one direct winger would be ideal.

Finally, it must be mentioned that Arsenal could potentially face a fight to keep some of the better performers from last season. There are rumors around the attacking duo of Lacazette and Aubameyang. The club cannot afford to lose either of them, so that’s a priority too.

The overall impression is that the Gunners have too many problems to solve. I don’t expect them to succeed on all fronts, but they at least should improve the defense and add some spark up front to stay competitive.

Arsenal Betting Odds for 2019-2020

Let’s explore what the leading online bookmakers offer for Arsenal’s 2019-2020 season.

Arsenal to Finish in the Top 4 of the EPL2.20

A quick look at the top 4 odds offered by 888sport shows a price of 2.20 for Arsenal to finish in the Champions League places. No one expects the Gunners to finish above Liverpool and Manchester City. Unless major changes occur, Tottenham is almost out of sight too.

That means Arsenal needs to beat Chelsea and Manchester United for the fourth spot. I would argue that’s a realistic possibility, not because the club is in a great place right now, but because both opponents are in all sorts of trouble themselves.

For a start, no one knows if Maurizio Sarri will be the Chelsea manager at the start of next season. The instrumental Eden Hazard is almost certainly gone, and the Blues might suffer a transfer ban. The club is in complete and utter chaos right now.

The same can be said about Manchester United. It seemed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer found a winning formula, but the performance of the team was abysmal at the end of last season. Nothing seemed to work, and the Red Devils missed multiple opportunities to reach the top 4.

It’s unclear what will happen with some players like Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, and the club will certainly need to invest in various areas of the pitch.

Despite its own issues, Arsenal actually looks in a better position to challenge for the EPL top 4. I wouldn’t say that the price of 2.20 is great, but if you compare it to 2.00 for Chelsea and 1.80 for Man Utd, I believe the Gunners are the best choice.

Arsenal to Win the UEFA Europa League7.00

This will be the third season in a row in which Arsenal plays in the UEFA Europa League. The Gunners reached the semifinals on the first attempt and the final on the second. The price for them to lift the trophy in 2019-2020 is 7.00.

I would argue that this is the best bet you could find related to the new season, at least when it comes to Arsenal. The team will almost certainly have a deep run in the competition. There are other solid teams like Manchester United, Roma, and Sevilla, but Arsenal is certainly among the best sides in the tournament.

Ever since the prize began to include a place in the UEFA Champions League, the motivation has been different. I think that the odds of 7.00 for one of the top sides in the tournament are excellent and worth a shot.

Other Domestic Competitions

The prices for Arsenal to win one of the domestic cups are around the 11-12.00 mark. While the price is juicy, and a trophy is not out of the question, I don’t think the squad of the Gunners is good enough right now.

We all know that Emery will play his reserves in the early stages, so it won’t be easy.

Final Words

I have the feeling that the Arsenal fan base is on the fence about Unai Emery. Despite some positive signs, his first season at the helm was a failure. The Spaniard has done enough to earn another one, but he will have to improve the team rapidly.

He will need all the help he can get from Raul Sanllehi and the other executives to move some of his players and replace them with better ones.

If Arsenal doesn’t improve in 2019-2020, Emery might be sacked. That’s how it works in modern soccer, so the Spaniard will be eager to solve at least the biggest problems before the new season gets underway.

Jerry Summer

Jerry Summer has a wide-ranging interest in gambling and the gambling industry. He's made a living out of both playing poker and betting on sports.

The English Premier League and the NBA are among Jerry's primary areas of expertise. He's knowledgeable about many other sports, too, along with poker and several casino games.

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