There might never come a time when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger suddenly realizes that he needs to strengthen up his team and stop buying little midfielders all the time. Until that happens, games like tonight’s clash at Old Trafford and first trophy since 2005 are likely to be a long way beyond his side. Patrice Evra has already ramped up the pre-match tensions calling Arsenal a glorified training centre and that they can beat United 13-0 – without the trophies though, it doesn’t mean much.
The current season looks as though it could be different though. None of the normal contenders have really grabbed the league by the neck and showed who’s boss. Chelsea seem content never winning, however easy the opportunity in front of them is. Man City look a Tevez away from completely imploding. The lonely souls on the Spurs bandwagon should really get off – it’s only got one wheel. Man Utd still flatter to deceive, and then there’s Arsenal. A win in Manchester would give them the creditability to boast and how they would like that.
William Hill in particular follows the view that the title race is unlikely to include the North Londoners.
“Despite Arsenal topping the table we think the title race will come down to United and Chelsea,” spokesperson Graham Sharpe said. This is reflected in their odds that have Man Utd 7/4 favourites to win the Premier League, Chelsea 2/1 second favourites, with Arsenal at 7/2.