Arsenal are one of the most successful sides in English football history. The Gunners have won the F.A. Cup 12 times and the division title 13 times. They haven’t, however, won the league championship since 2004, a significant barren spell for the highly touted team. The Gunners, in their 2004 Premier League winning campaign, were undefeated for the entire season, an unprecedented 38 games – 26 wins and 12 draws – without a defeat. It’s a feat that hasn’t been replicated since, and many pundits are unsure whehter it ever will be.
Arsene Wenger joined from Monaco in 1996. The Frenchman revolutionized Arsenal. His focus on nutrition, wellbeing and youth development was seen as progressive in many quarters. Between 1998 and 2004, Wenger enjoyed a period of great success, during which time Arsenal won three titles and multiple F.A. Cups.
Wenger was revered for transforming Arsenal. Having won three titles in a period of just seven seasons, Arsenal were expected to consistently challenge at the top. Unfortunately for Arsenal and Wenger, the team couldn’t cope well when Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera, Robert Pires and Dennis Bergkamp left the club. While perpetually in the top three, Arsenal didn’t have the depth, guile in midfield, and defensive nous to win the league.
Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, flamboyant and technically gifted players, joined Arsenal, but didn’t have the support to form a complete team. Arsenal is still critisized for the same issues, which have hamstrung the team and kept them from winning a Premier League title in 12 years. This should be Wenger’s last year in charge if the team doesn’t come up with the goods and end their dry spell.
Best Arsenal Betting Lines
Arsenal are sure to be good value at home this season, but can they win the league too? Check out the latest odds for each game, as it’s the best way to start your betting strategy.
Arsenal Season Schedule
Check out the latest fixtures at the Emirates Stadium and on the road as Arsenal try to put together a run of form that will push them up the league table.
Arsenal League Standings
Where are Arsenal in this season’s Premier League table? Can The Gunners win the league for the first time in 12 years or will it be the same old story in North London?
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How To Win Arsenal Bets
Arsenal may be one of the biggest names in the Premier League, but the list of teams who have won it since their last trophy is getting longer by the year. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and even Leicester City have all lifted the trophy in the past twelve seasons, while Arsenal’s only return has been two back-to-back F.A. Cup wins, victories in the finals against Hull City and Aston Villa.
What does 2016/17 hold for Arsenal fans, a disilluisoned group of supporters? Well, sadly for them, it is likely to be more of the same. Wenger is still in place as the club’s manager and even has a place on the board, so it is highly unlikely that he will be moving away any time soon.
Arsenal have a plethora of stylish, artistic players with incredible talent. But do they need to add some more steel? Their 2004 Invincibles had plenty of both:
Recent discussions have led to some detractors accusing Arsenal of letting down their fans, that the pursuit of stability has denied them the success they’ve seen others attain. This forum on Arsenal’s main failings including Thierry Henry is a great piece of television that looked into where recent incarnations of Wenger’s Arsenal have perhaps gone wrong:
If you want to back Arsenal for the title in 2016/17, they’re +500. But we wouldn’t advise you to do that with someone else’s money.
In regular league games, they are a powerful side at home, and can be ‘flat-track’ bullies, taking our their deficiencies on weaker opponents.
Get on them with a -1 handicap in home games against sides in the bottom half of the league for the best value, and take a look at the best betting sites: