Arsenal odds: Outright Odds, Top Four Finish, Top Scorer and more
Uncertainty about whether Arsenal could continue their Premier League title charge after the World Cup break dominated the narrative — particularly after Gabriel Jesus got injured with Brazil — but they are refusing to yield.
Arsenal Premier League title odds
Before the start of the season, Arsenal fans will have had their sights set on the top four and a return to the Champions League. It’s now been six years since the Gunners last finished in the top four of the Premier League, claiming second in 2015/16 to finish runners-up to Leicester City.
Since then, Arsenal have finished fifth, sixth, fifth, eighth (twice) and fifth again, last season passing up their best opportunity to finish in the top four for some time. With just a handful of games left to play, Arsenal were in control of their Champions League destiny and going into their north London Derby against Tottenham, could have wrapped up a top four finish.
But that already seems so far away. Arsenal entered the break at the top of the Premier League table. It’s the first time they have been top on Christmas Day since the 2007/08 season — and they have only strengthened their grip on first post-Qatar.
After 17 games, Arteta’s men are eight points clear atop the table, and looking good value for their lead. Despite all that, the Gunners still aren’t favourites, but they are 6/4 with Sky Bet to take the crown in 2022/23.
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Arsenal January Transfer Odds
Arsenal’s aspiration of ending their protracted wait for Premier League supremacy could very well hinge on their performance in the January transfer window. Arteta must find a balance between signing a player(s) who can reinforce their impetus and motivation, but not upset the proverbial apple cart.
The Gunners have no glaring weaknesses in their main XI, but there are concerns over depth in certain positions. With Jesus out for the foreseeable future, a stop-gap to rival Eddie Nketiah up front could be required, while there are apprehensions in central midfield if either Granit Xhaka or Thomas Partey get injured.
There are also certain reservations about the wide areas. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have revolutionised the flanks in north London, but the alternatives don’t exactly read like a Ballon d’Or shortlist. Reiss Nelson doesn’t look like he will ever break into the first team consistently, while Marquinhos is still a teenager.
In that respect, it is no wonder why Shakhtar Donetsk’s skilful yet explosive No. 10 Mykhailo Mudryk has been heavily linked with a move to north London. The Super Saiyan-haired speedster has been directly involved in a goal once every 75.3 minutes in the league and Champions League this term. He is hot property for a reason.
The Gunners are the front-runners for his signature, and Sky Bet are offering odds of 4/5 for him to join Arsenal in the January transfer window. Alternatively, Joao Felix has emerged as an Arsenal target in reason days, and would offer a different attacking perspective to Mudryk, one predicated on cerebral skill and speed of thought.
It is believed Arsenal have been offered the talented playmaker, who is looking for an escape hatch from Atletico Madrid after clashing, philosophically, with Diego Simeone’s footballing sensibilities. Felix could be a short-term fix for Emile Smith Rowe’s persistence injury issues, and a back-up to Martin Odegaard, with Sky Bet pricing him at 5/2 to join the Gunners.
There has also been clamour from some corners of the Emirates for Arsenal to move for Mohammed Kudus, an international team-mate of Partey. A midfielder by trade, Kudus has been reinvented as a potent attacking force this term and would offer Arteta a versatile option to challenge the No. 9 berth — and then potentially drop deeper or move laterally when Jesus recovers.
Of course, Arsenal’s main area of concern is in central midfield. Mohamed Elneny was set to leave in the summer but a late-season resurgence in 2021/22 saw him kept on, while Albert Sambi Lokonga seems untrusted by Arteta. It’s clear the Gunners could run into issues if Xhaka or Partey occupy the physio room at some stage.
As such, Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves have been consistently linked with a move to Arsenal in more recent transfer windows, with the former set to become a free agent in the summer when his deal with Leicester expires — they are priced at 5/1 and 12/1 respectively to join Arsenal.
Also keep an eye out for little-known Danilo from Jesus’ boyhood club Palmeiras. The 21-year-old midfielder was recently named in the 2022 Campeonato Paulista Team of the Year, and was a key figure as the club historically won back-to-back Copa Libertadores titles in 2020 and 2021.
In the most recent Brazilian Serie A season (2022), Danilo ranked in the top 10 among midfielders for ball recoveries (190), possessions won in the middle third (107) and final-third entries (211). He has the blend of attributes needed to enliven and enrich Arteta’s midfield — and we know Edu loves a glance towards his homeland.
Arsenal’s success is, in a large part, reliant upon their midfield being exceptionally press-resistant and able to negotiate its way quickly and effectively out of tight situations. Kouadio “Manu” Kone fits this brief — and then some. The 6ft 1in Gladbach man completed more take-ons than any other central or defensive midfielder in 2022 across Europe’s top five leagues (59).
Ramiz Zerrouki and Anton Stach are other midfield options Arteta would do well to keep an eye on. The former ranked in the top 10 in the Dutch top flight last term for tackles, final third entries and aerial duels won among midfielders. The latter is a 6ft 4in Germany international who could challenge Xhaka as a more forward-thinking option. Watch this space.
Arsenal Top Four Finish odds
Even if Arsenal don’t win the title, they stand in a pretty good position to secure their return to the Champions League.
Although there are still 19 games to be played, Arsenal are 13 points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, and it would take a monumental disaster to see them lose that gap and more to slip out of the top four. One thing that could derail Arsenal’s season slightly is any potential injury pile up, especially from players who have been at the World Cup. And some Arsenal fans may be sweating on the status of Jesus.
Other Arsenal odds
Away from the Premier League, Arsenal fans may look to the cup competitions for success. They are through to the last 16 of the Europa League, and are slight favourites for that, but did get knocked out of the EFL Cup in the third round.
Sticking domestically, however, Arsenal have had some success in the FA Cup recently and are the competition’s most-successful side with 14 wins – two more than Manchester United. The most recent victory came in 2020 when they beat Chelsea in the final to take their fourth FA Cup crown in seven seasons. Now they will look to avoid going more than two seasons without winning the FA Cup for the first time since 2013/14 when they ended an eight-season wait which also came as part of a wider trophy drought.
The Gunners are currently 8/1 with 888 Sport to get a 15th FA Cup win, and the third round draw has been kind to them with a trip to League One Oxford United.