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Here’s a look at some of the finest goals we’ve ever seen in the Premier League:

Papiss Cissé: Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Newcastle caused a shock in May 2012 with their first win at Stamford Bridge in 26 years. It included this incredible first-time hit from Papiss Cissé that curled over the helpless Petr Čech in the Chelsea goal.

Paolo Di Canio: West Ham United vs Wimbledon

One of the most memorable players and goals from the 90s was this exquisite volley from West Ham’s charismatic Paolo Di Canio. The Hammers legend was so unpredictable and fun to watch, but also such a talent and goalscorer down at Upton Park under Harry Redknapp.

Peter Crouch: Stoke City vs Manchester City

“He has good feet for a big man” was often the annoying statement used to describe Peter Crouch. Even those of us who hate the quote cannot deny how good the former-England striker’s feet were on this day in March 2012 as his wonder goal earned Stoke a surprise draw versus Manchester City.

David Luiz: Chelsea vs Fulham

Chelsea have just completed the re-signing of David Luiz for £34 million, two years after selling him to Paris Saint-Germain for £50 million. Good business? The top pundits aren’t a fan of the Brazilian’s defending but bookmakers Paddy Power Premier League odds have Chelsea 5/1 joint-second favourites to win the title this season. Back in April 2013 he opened the scoring with this stunning 35-yarder at Fulham as Chelsea went on to win 3-0 with John Terry scoring a brace.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United vs Portsmouth

Cristiano Ronaldo has a reputation for scoring cracking free kicks (just not for his country) and this was the one that got him going. Portsmouth goalkeeper David James can just stand and watch the Portuguese forward’s powerful, swerving effort into the top corner.

Paulo Wanchope: Derby County vs Manchester United

As the story goes, Jim Smith and Steve McClaren picked up an unknown Costa Rican striker from Queens Park Rangers’ reserves back in March 1997 when there were no transfer deadlines. He was handed his debut at Old Trafford of all places and scored this sensational goal, beating four United players before slotting past Peter Schmeichel during a 3–2 win.

Wayne Rooney: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Can you believe this goal is five-and-a-half years old already? Wayne Rooney scored a stunning bicycle kick to win the Manchester derby back in February 2011, en route to becoming the record goalscorer in matches between these two city rivals.

Xabi Alonso: Liverpool vs Newcastle United

Xabi Alonso had already won one punter £25,000 with a goal from inside his own half in an FA Cup tie versus Luton Town in January 2006. He then replicated his antics with a 70-yarder versus Newcastle in the Premier League later that year. The Spaniard used to practice these shots in the warm-ups – it was certainly entertaining to see him do it in a match too!

Gus Poyet: Chelsea vs Sunderland

Chelsea started the 1999-2000 Premier League season with a 4-0 thumping of Sunderland. It included this spectacular volley from Uruguayan midfielder Gus Poyet, with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola providing an immaculate assist.

Dennis Bergkamp: Arsenal vs Newcastle United

Did he mean it? This is Dennis Bergkamp we’re talking about, of course he did! Arsenal’s Dutch forward produced a cheeky flick and spin past Newcastle Untied defender Nikos Dabizas in March 2002 in what was one of the coolest goals in the history of the Premier League and world football.

David Beckham: Manchester United vs Wimbledon

Before Xabi Alonso came along there was a player called David Beckham who scored from the halfway line versus Wimbledon in the first game of the 1996-97 season. Terry Venables hadn’t included the youngster in his Euro 96 squad that summer but this goal certainly put the United midfielder on the map on his way to stardom.

Robin van Persie: Arsenal vs Charlton Athletic

Robin van Persie scored a number of cracking goals with his magical left foot during his time at Arsenal but none were as spectacular at this leaping volley outside the penalty area at Charlton Athletic in September 2006.

Matt Le Tissier: Southampton vs Newcastle United

Matt Le Tissier was a fine player who many say he dedicated his whole career to Southampton… though he actually finished his career with Eastleigh in 2003, and even came out of retirement 10 years later to play one game for Guernsey. Either way, in his prime, Le Tissier scored many a majestical goal for Southampton and we’ve picked up this solo effort versus Newcastle in October 1993 as his finest.

 

In a recent report from The Telegraph, Arsenal fans aired their grievances about the team – from incompetent management during season openers to failures in the transfer market.

Supporters were all too eager to share their discontent about the exorbitant ticket prices which, by most accounts, are the most expensive in football. But these reports are not entirely accurate.

According to Daily Cannon, Arsenal actually offers cheaper ticket options than other Premier League teams. The report cites data from the Premier League Match Day Calculator, which shows that low match day tickets for Arsenal cost £27 – a cheaper buy than Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

But let’s be honest: Die-hard Arsenal fans want season tickets, but unless you’re willing to shell out £1014 to £2013, then you’re out of luck. That’s almost double the cost of season tickets for Chelsea (£595 to £1250.00) and Manchester United (£532 to £950.00).

Vital Football estimated the cheapest Arsenal season tickets at £1146 – even higher than the price tag on the Premier League Match Calculator. Tottenham Hotspur was ranked second most expensive at £847, followed by Liverpool (£758) and Chelsea (£659). Manchester City’s season tickets were estimated to be the cheapest, with budget prices falling at £331.

More than a few fans are disgruntled by Arsenal’s ticket prices – particularly given the teams less-than-remarkable results in recent years. Some supporters have called the prices “extortionate” – citing the massive salary of the team’s manager despite the lack of investment in top-tier players.

What Are the Cheapest Arsenal Matches at Emirates Stadium This Season?

According to Ticket-Compare.com, budget tickets to Arsenal matches at Emirates Stadium range from £22 (Arsenal vs. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad) to £207.56 (Arsenal vs. Manchester United). Here are a few low-priced matches from Ticket-Compare.com:

  • October 15: Arsenal vs. Swansea City (£71.25)

  • October 22: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough (£66.50)

  • November 26: Arsenal vs. Bournemouth (£66.50)

Ticket Prices Aren’t the Only Grievance amongst Arsenal Fans

The report from The Telegraph uncovered a long list of gripes that are creating a chasm between the club and fans. The most consistent complaint? Not investing enough in the transfer market.

More than once, manager Arsène Wenger has admitted that the team is weak in key positions – a remark that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the current line-up. Yet, the team has not brought in talent in the areas where it is most needed such as the striker position.

Disgruntled fans have pointed out the fact that nothing seems to be changing in Arsenal’s training and playing style – despite lacklustre results in recent years. The club hasn’t won the Premier League in more than a decade.

Future Expectations of Ticket Prices & Premier League Results

The Premier League is the wealthiest league in football, but there’s been a recent talent shift to teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid. Despite the apparent reduction in athlete quality, it doesn’t appear that ticket prices will reduce any time soon. However, the growing discontent among fans has motivated some teams to enact ticket price freezes.

Arsenal hasn’t won the Premier League since 2004, yet its fan base is one of the most loyal in football. Still, it seems unlikely that the club can maintain its exorbitant ticket prices without delivering results – and that’s going to require changes – either in the playing style, training, transfer market spending or a combination of the three.

Where Does Arsenal Need to Improve Most?

You probably won’t find a consistent answer to this question no matter how many football analysts you ask. One issue that was exposed in the first part of the season was weakness at mid-field.

According to sports writer Galen Sona of JustArsenal.com, both Southampton and Paris Saint-Germain revealed that the current mid-field trio cracks under pressure.

Sona went on to point out the underperformance of Mesut Özil – a world class player who seemed to fall short against PSG and Southampton. By far, the 26-year-old has the highest weekly income on the Arsenal squad at £140,000, but his inconsistency leaves something to be desired.

Sona also highlighted the apparent lack of production from Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny. He did, however, admit that the duo only had a week to train together, and they should improve over the coming months.

The bottom line: Arsenal needs to improve – perhaps more so than any other team in the Premier League given the exorbitant ticket prices. Whether the problem is personnel, tactics or management style, changes need to come soon if the club hopes to make an impact this season.

A lot rides on how Arsenal performs this season, especially for manager Arsene Wenger, whose time at the Emirates is surely coming to an end. So, how will Arsenal fare in all competitions and in which one should you back the Gunners to win? All odds, unless otherwise stated, are brought to you by Bovada.

 

Have a look at who Arsenal plays next, scan their schedule, find out the best betting lines for every game and heed some tips on how to make more money from your Gunners’ bets.

 

Back Arsenal To Win The FA Cup

Arsenal To Win FA Cup: 7/1 (William Hill)

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This is your must-pick. Arsenal has the best chance of winning silverware this season in the FA Cup and will do so as long as the team takes the competition seriously from the off. They have the depth and skill to breeze past the early stages, even with fringe players taking center stage. As the competition progresses to the business end, we fully expect Arsenal’s big guns to bring the FA Cup back to North London.

 

Arsenal To Win The Premier League: +1000

 

Arsenal, pegged at +1000, are currently fourth favourites to win the Premier League. The odds, in our opinion, are about right. Most online sportsbooks believe the Premier League crown will be heading back to the money bags of Manchester, but not if Arsenal has anything to say about it. Wouldn’t it be the best way for Wenger to leave his managerial position?

 

Of course, there’s a lot of work to be done before handing the title to the North Londoners and a lot will depend on how they perform during the business end of the season. There’s no doubt that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will lead the charge offensively, and even less doubt they’ll do magnificently. The two maestros just need to stay healthy for the duration of the campaign.

 

The main blight on Wenger has been his inability, or lack of desire, to obtain a world-class forward, centre back and defensive midfielder. Wenger has, by signing young centre back Rob Holding, defender Shkrodan Mustafi, midfielders Lucas Perez and Granit Xhaka, obtained the variables required to make a concerted title challenge.

 

Xhaka will protect the back four astutely while Holding and Mustafi should fit into the starting-11 fold at some point. Holding is only 20 years old and will need some time to mature, but promises to be a great centre back.


The only questions are whether the new signings fit into the team seamlessly, cohesively and in a timely manner. We don’t they’ll make a big enough impact to propel the Gunners to the Premier League title in 2016-17 but believe glory is only a year or two away, probably without Wenger at the helm. Arsenal, however, is, at -115, a lock to finish in the top four once again.

 

Arsenal To Win The Champions League: +2500

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We like Arsenal to win Group A ahead of PSG, which contravenes many online sportsbooks’ viewpoints. At +150, it’s a bet that you should jump on the minute you’ve finished reading this article. Arsenal will have learned their lesson from last year and pip PSG for first place in the group.

 

We like Arsenal to make it to the quarterfinal of this season’s Champions League. The Gunners are currently pegged at +2500 to win Europe’s premier club competition, which at this stage is a bit beyond the current squad. However, we like Arsenal’s chances, if they keep the squad together, of winning the 2017-18 Champions League.

 

Alexis Sanchez To Win Premier League Golden Boot: +2500

 

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Our dark horse, outsider, bet has Alexis Sanchez winning this season’s Golden Boot. Is it unlikely? Probably. Have stranger things happened? Definitely. This man is a physical specimen and can dominate a game at will. As long as he stays healthy, Sanchez has the ability to score 20 or more goals, which would put him smack dab in the middle of the top-goalscorers race. Take Sanchez now while the gettin is good.

At a time when the economy has taken a bad turn, a lot of people are starting to play the lotto with the expectations of winning the jackpot to enhance their quality of life and surpass the hard times ahead. But with the thousands of people playing the game, this may sound like finding a needle in the haystack. It’s an uncomfortable thought, but it’s the truth. But never fear, because there are always strategies to hit the odds and win big in any American Lotto game

All American lotteries are a numbers game, figuratively and literally. You are playing with numbers that can both spell success but also loss for you. What is important in any draw is to find the winning combination of numbers that will bring you a great fortune.

From among the multi-millions of lotto players across the world, one can easily be drowned and face a million chances to win the game. But one cannot also argue the fact that many lotto players have actually won their fortunes from an American Lotto game.

There are some practical secrets that you can apply to easily win any American Lotto game. If you use these tricks to your advantage, your chances of winning the lotto will vastly improve to a point of being a guaranteed winner.

To start, you have to purchase your lotto ticket for the game and earn the chance to win in any American Lotto game. Many people spend quite a lot of money in buying their tickets. They believe that the more tickets they have the more possibilities they will win the game. This is true, but it’s not really practical, considering you are spending your hard-earned money for these tickets.

Now that you have purchased your tickets, what are you going to do with them if they are unable to bring you your fortune in the American Lotto game? Your first impulse would be to throw them away. You need to keep them at least for some time. They may be your ticket to another chance to win. At times, there are promotions that use these tickets to qualify for special prizes. You didn't win the game, but at least you can win other prizes with the exact same tickets at your hand.

Many people feel happy to play with numbers. Usually they will try to decode sequences and their combination of numbers following the sequences. This is actually not the way to hit it big with the American Lotto game.

If you really want to win in the American Lotto, check the winning combination always. You will not be able to verify if you have won the game except if you check your lotto ticket with the winning number combination. However, you must keep in mind that all states hosting the lotto games have their time expiration with regards to claiming the prizes.

Question will still remain if Olivier Giroud is still thought to be the main man up top – and my take is that he will have to place until he plays himself out of it. Wenger has a big love for his target man and as long as Özil and Alexis provides the pace and passes he will certainly score goals once again this season.

You know that there is no better way to watch a match than with your best mates. No matter who Arsenal is playing, you know that you can count on your crew to support the team throughout the match. Before everyone comes over for game day, there are a few things that you can do to get your house ready, because even if you can’t make it to the pitch, you can watch it in the comfort of your own home.

 

First, you will want to make sure that your television is ready to handle the game. Make sure that you have a big enough screen so everyone can get a good glimpse of the action. You may want to give it a test run before you have people over, make sure that your signal is clear so you don’t miss any of the action. You can also get a surround sound system that can keep up with the large crowd that you’ll have over. You will want something loud enough so you can hear the call, but not too loud that it drowns out the conversation of the rest of the party.

 

After the actual game is taken care of you will need to focus on the next most important thing, the food. When you need to feed a large amount of people you can use a Groupon Discount Code to Ocado to feed the entire party. Catering a whole party shouldn’t be an issue thanks to Ocado’s huge selection. Make sure you stock up on plenty of drinks as well, because you will need to keep everyone hydrated throughout the match. You will have to make a decision to serve the food prior to the match, or during, you’ll have to determine that based on your guests.

 

Arsenal has a long fixture so you will have plenty of opportunities to invite people over to watch the matches with you. The next time that you are planning on having people over for the big match, be sure to take a moment or two to get you house in line. You won’t regret it when you throw the best watch party of the year.

The excitement of Euro 2016 is now behind us and football fans are excitedly gearing up for another Premier League season, so we wanted to offer some sports tips ahead of what promises to be another fiercely contested campaign. There are a number of betting odds markets that fans can get excited about, from the title winner, top goal scorer and relegated teams to more obscure options like who will be top at Christmas and LMA Manager of the Year.

The market that will probably generate the most interest is outright winner, so we’ll start our sports tips and odds rundown there. Man City have been installed as favourites, with Bet365, Coral and William Hill among those offering a best price of 5/2. It is hard to argue against that as they have, on paper at least, the best team in the league. They haven’t won it since 2013-14, despite investing heavily in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. But their failing has been one of desire rather than talent, and the arrival of Pep Guardiola should change all that. Guardiola is a serial winner who has taken six league titles from seven seasons as a manager. His winning mentality should galvanise the squad. He has also invested in the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito, and they are the team to beat this year. Man Utd are second favourites at 7/2 but this is likely to be a year too soon for new boss Jose Mourinho, the only man to ever stop Guardiola from winning the league when they were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona. It took him two years to win the title when he returned to Chelsea in 2013 and he will probably need at least that amount of time to overhaul a squad with several weaknesses. Chelsea are also in need of a major overhaul and are worth avoiding at 6/1 this season, and Arsenal haven’t won it since 2004 so they are another to write off. Champions Leicester City will surely attract interest at a whopping 30/1 with Marathon Bet but lightning is unlikely to strike twice for the Midlands club, particularly if the exodus of star players continues. A better long shot might be Tottenham (9/1 with Sky Bet), who went close last season and faded away, but will return with more experience for this campaign. But overall it is hard to look past Man City.

It may be risky to back Arsenal to win the title, but they look nailed on for a top four finish, as Arsene Wenger has secured this every season since he took over in the mid-1990s. Back them at 4/7 with William Hill for this. Man Utd (2/5 with Bet365) and Chelsea (4/7 with Sky Bet) are more of a risk as they are in transition, while Arsenal are stable, but the 6/5 Paddy Power is offering on Spurs making the top four looks a good bet considering how well they played last season.

When it comes to sports tips and odds for relegation, many will tell you to back the recently promoted teams. They are always expected to struggle but actually fewer than half go down in their first season. Hull are the favourites to go down and that makes sense given they are currently managerless and have not invested in the team.

But they have a history of spending big in a bid to beat the drop and may back the new boss – Roberto Martinez is rumoured to be in the running – with a heavy war chest. Burnley look a better bet at evens for relegation as they are more prudent, preferring not to invest too much in case they do go down. An outside bet could be Bournemouth at 7/2 with Sky Bet, who did well to stay up in their first season, but Eddie Howe might struggle with experienced managers like Tony Pulis at WBA, David Moyes at Sunderland, Francesco Guidolin at Swansea and Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace to contend with.

In the more obscure markets, sports tips and odds include manager of the year, and Guardiola is 5/2 favourite here. You might be tempted by a longer shot, however, as it does not always go to the league winner. Moyes won the LMA title three times while Everton manager, despite never finishing in the top three, and he looks a good outside bet. Another with the potential to over-achieve is Slaven Bilic at West Ham, who looks a good outside bet at 20/1 with Bet Victor.

 

 

 

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more