Arsenal’s EPL 2019-20 chances of finishing in the top four and winning Europa League
The 2019/2020 season is a defining period for Arsenal as it will paint a picture of where the club is at. This is the second year of rebuilding following the gap left by a former long-term manager. Just where will the Gunners be placed when the stakeholder take stock at the end of the season? Will it be a year of finally having a strong pushes in the second half of the season or will we witness disappointment yet again?
#Emeryout is the current hashtag trending on major social media pages. This denotes the drive to axe under fire Arsenal boss Unai Emery from the Emirates. Why is this so? The Spaniard has taken a lot of heat from fans and pundits alike as Arsenal face yet another season of uncertainty. Arsene Wenger’s departure from the club signaled an end of a 20-year era where the Londoners played some really beautiful football. At one point, only Barcelona played better in terms of fluid possession-based football.
The two fronts that will measure success this season is a top four finish and winning the Europa League. How realistic for Arsenal are these two competitions? Well in the Premier League, Arsenal are placed 5th on the log with 17 points having won four games, drawn five and lost two games as of November 8th. This represents a 36% win rate. It is still early days as we are only ⅓ into the campaign. According to 888 Sport, the bookies have Arsenal 6/4 to finish in the top four. Despite the odds, Arsenal are still traditional favourites to finish in the top four as other rival teams struggling as well.
888 Sport have the rest of the ‘top six’ as outlined below:
Manchester City – 1/100
Liverpool – 1/40
Chelsea – 1/6
Tottenham Hotspur – 4/6
Manchester United – 5/2
There has been emergence of other teams outside traditional top six clubs that have show intent this season. One of those clubs is Leicester City. The Foxes were due to host Arsenal at King Power Stadium on November 10. They are placed third on the log and have won 4 out of their last 5 matches. The hosts have been tipped 15/14 to win while the Gunners are 11/4 to take this one according to SkyBet. Ensure that you get the best UK Free Bets with Freebets.com for a comprehensive strategy on before you place that bet.
In the last 20 years, Arsenal has completed 19 seasons. Out of this, they have managed 16 top four finishes. With that has come the prestige of Champions League football in 84.21% of that time frame. However, the last three campaigns has seen the side finish in 5th, 6th and 5th positions respectively. This has been a worrying trend. Initially, it was a case of Arsenal playing fast paced thrilling football but lacking that killer clout to challenge for the title. Still, that was good enough to qualify for the Champions League.
Nowadays, getting consistent results is something hard to get by and playing in the less prestigious Europa League has not made things easier by any stretch of the imagination. In Group F, Arsenal lead on 10 points from four matches but qualification is not yet secured. They are in a prime position to advance from this group and that is why Bet365 has the Gunners at merely 1/25 to qualify. This is followed by Eintracht Frankfurt at 12.00 and Standard Liege at 16.00. There are still two rounds of matches to play so anything can happen.
Arsenal finished as runners up in the Europa League last season and they are among the favorites to go all the way. Arsenal have been tipped by Bet365 bookies to clinch the title at 5.00 while rivals Manchester United are 11/2 to win it. Sevilla, at 8.00, are three time winners of the competition.
Arsenal’s final two Europa League fixtures
-Thursday, November 28, 2019 at home Arsenal vs Eintracht Frankfurt-13/20 best odds for an Arsenal win by William Hill
-Thursday, December 12, 2019 away to Standard Liege
Ultimately, it is the performance in these two competitions that will gauge what kind of season that the Gunners have. It remains to be seen whether Emery will still be in charge after the season the dust settles in May 2020. For now, it is a matter of finding the right players and winning mentality if we are to have more thrilling memories from Arsenal this season.