The 67-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension and bet365 offer 7/1 (8.0) that he secures a first title since 2004 during that time frame
There were times during the last six months where it looked like Arsene Wenger would no longer be leading Arsenal into the 2017-18 campaign.
An increasingly frustrated and vocal portion of the fan base has made things extremely tough for the Gunners boss, a factor he highlighted as contributing to their failure to secure a top four spot for the first time in two decades.
Despite that disappointment though, Wenger has penned a two-year extension at the Emirates, extinguishing any chance of a new face taking charge of the team for the foreseeable future and bet365 go 7/1 (8.0) that Arsenal secure the Premier League title in that time frame.
That news comes off the back of an impressive FA Cup victory over Chelsea, Arsenal’s third such success in the previous four campaigns and bet365 offer 8/11 (1.73) that Wenger wins a major trophy in the next two years. That includes the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup or either of the major European titles. It’s Evens (2.0) that they don’t secure any silverware during that time frame.
There are few, if any managers, in the Premier League that can decide their own fate in the manner as Wenger can. The 67-year-old is 2/5 (1.40) to see out the new two-year deal and 7/4 (2.75) to leave the north London club before that, though it’s tough to envisage a situation that facilitates that occurring given how much sway he holds with the Gunners hierarchy. As with this new deal, it will be a case of when Wenger decides to walk away and he’ll do so on his own terms.
Having become accustomed to Europe’s premier club competition being a mainstay of their campaigns, the Europa League will be a different experience for Arsenal. It’s unlikely to aid their hopes of a first Premier League title since 2004 though.
There have been plenty of recent examples where English teams struggle with the efforts required to compete on both domestic and Europa League fronts, with the Thursday evening matches often having a significant impact on their ability to perform at their best come the weekend.
With that in mind, the 12/1 (13.0) about Arsenal for next season’s title looks perfectly justified, especially if the likes of Alexis Sanchez are sold in the summer as they crave top level competition in Europe.
It’s Evens (2.0) that the Gunners return to the top four in the 2017/18 season and the same price is available on Arsenal in a match bet with Tottenham, who finished above their rivals for the first time in 22 years when finishing second to eventual champions Chelsea.