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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.

 

 

 

Casinos have been attracting millions of Brits daily. With the Internet rushing into our lives, this number has increased in thousands of times. Remote gambling is gaining its popularity more and more with each year passing by. Just compare these facts: in 2006 only 7.2% of adults out of 8000 admitted that they had participated in some form of remote gambling. Four years later, in 2010, this number increased to 10.7%. We can only guess how high it is nowadays

The Leicester City player to Arsenal rumour has surfaced a number of times already this season, from Jamie Vardy to N'golo Kante and now Riyad Mahrez. Vardy decided to accept a new contract to stay at his current club, Kante swapped the blue of Leicester City for the blue of Chelsea and now reports suggest that Mahrez has decided to join the best club in the world.. the Arsenal. We do not know how true or not his rumour is but even if it is true, there is no suggestion that his current club and Arsenal have agreed a fee and well, that could be quite important.

Online Soccer Betting must have gone through the roof last week when we heard talk that Mahrez wanted to up sticks and leave the Champions. There were rumours that Barcelona were interested and that could well be the case but surely he would go from playing every game to being sat on the bench behind Suarez, Messi and Neymar. Moving to Arsenal under a French manager, playing the a style of football that would suit his game, playing with players of the quality of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could take his game to another level.

What is interesting is that this story comes a day after Arsene's rather bullish comments post Lens in which he said:

"We are very active. If we find the right candidates then we will spend the big money."

It is unlike Arsene to talk about spending big money, it is usually along the lines of finding the right players. If I was to guess, I would put my money on Arsene knowing exactly which players he wants and what the time frames are, as in does his current club have a replacement and when they are willing to part with said player(s)

Arsenal have a lot of wide players at the club at present so it will be interesting to see what happens to the likes of Serge Gnabry, Joel Campbell and others. It will also be interesting to see how far or low Theo Walcott ends up on Arsene's pecking order.

Gnabry is young enough to experience another loan spell and gain some valuable first team football but you would imagine that Joel Campbell could be shown the door if Arsene is able to bring in Mahrez.

One thing is for sure, Arsenal are more than likely to add new faces to this squad from now until the window closes on August 31st.

 



 

 

 

We are going to need BOTH Granit and Le Coq to be at their best for the campaign.

There are several ways we can construct a solid base in midfield :

Santi-Coquelin partnership is established and works. The technical ability and passing range of Santi paired with the steel of Le Coq makes for effective partnership and balance. Where Coquelin struggled with Ramsey, he should have better balance with the maturity of Santi. IMO Ramsey is better served at the apex of the midfield triangle as Ozil’s alternate as he has a natural understanding of playing in and around the box.

Sans Santi last season, we really struggled particularly with quick release from deep for the counter. With Granit, we have added insurance with another player who can provide long accurtae balls to release the wingers or Giroud quicker.

The other option of course with the positionally disciplined Granit is to have him paired with Jack who provides some of the same dynamics as Santi but may not necessarily have as much matiurity. This shortfall is where Granit can come in.

There is of course also the option of a solid wall with Granit-Coquelin played to close out matches, something we struggled with last season. We need to hold the ball better to see out tight edgy encounters. What are the Premier League odds that we will need a strong foundation like that in certain tough games?

Elneny for me is a utility player who can either provide cover or extra energy should one of the others not perform up to the level they can or if injured. OR if we need someone to take shots from further of and in this respect, Elneny can develop this into his strong suit.

Also we may see one of Zelalem or Jeff get a fleeting chance in the lesser competition.

Its a well balanced midfield and not too deep as some may suggest in media considering we always have injury issues (with Ramsey and Jack plus Santi is over 30)

As mentioned, we sorted out the DM position quickly this window. Wenger is due some accolade for that because any of 7-8 teams who can pay more than us would have/could have been in market for such an asset as Granit.

The striker position is tricky as I have been mentioning because of the current market and price. We need to be able to also bring in a centre back  if possible. If one of Per or Koscielny go injured, there will be serious question marks over the other’s ability to pair of with the ‘pacy’ but as yet unconvincing Gabriel. He may suddenly kick into gear this season but it is too much risk. Holding who is probably coming into youth ranks to develop near term should not be relied on to step up either. This is an experience player’s game.

As for striker, how much we bring him in for will dictate what we can get in terms of a centre back too.

80m for Higuain is way too much for us. HIs price may of course come down should he be left on the shelf but likely it will still hover around 60m

Morata is also priced to recoup what RM paid in buy back fee. This is a high premium and also dependent on whether RM should feel (IF Ronaldo  is unfit) that they need to retain Morata with Benzema (Jessse seems surplus to use)

Draxler is also rumoured to cost 55m which is very high and a risk for us considering we will need time to convert him to a central role.

Icardi is a possibility if he comes in around 22-28m. He holds the ball well and distributes it plus at23yrs has plenty of upside.

Should one of the top assets get moved, we do not know who else may be moveable late on (Say a Cavanni)

Bringing in just any striker is not a good idea. There is opportunity cost (should a better asset come available we are already committed…remember how long it took to get Chamakh and Bendtner off the books))to that and it does not afford us any upgrade in terms of capability.

A bit of patience is necessary. The market isn’t fixed price and not for the faint of heart.;)

About the only player you could get in midfield for the position who maybe better than Granit at the moment is Pogba but just look at the price!

Next to that, managing to sneak Granit in early at 30m is a steal!

Any of United, City, Chelsea (let alone some of the continental powers) have the money to pay for Granit and the requirement for that sort of midfield asset.

We are lucky Granit probably is attracted to the development aspect of Wenger’s management which speaks volumes of the player and how he sees himself. Quite obviously he is coming in to improve further.

He is still young and can develop further.

Twitter @DrewMFarmer

The English Premier League season kicks off on August 13th, and Arsenal will have the unenviable task of hosting rivals Liverpool on opening day. Despite the tough test that awaits them to start the season, and the trip to Leicester City the following matchday, supporters should feel optimistic about the season. The Gunners finished second a season ago, 10 points behind champions Leicester, and with a few tweaks this season already completed, should push for the Premier League title once more.

Arsenal is currently third favourite to lift the title, and come in at 15/4, according to NetBet; where you can use this NetBet promo code for 2016.

Now, Arsenal Vision looks at 5 reasons Arsenal can win the English Premier League in 2016-17.

5. Granit Xhaka

Arsenal, on paper at least, has one of the best midfields in the English Premier League. It is arguably the best assortment of midfielders in the English top-flight. Granit Xhaka’s addition was a brilliant piece of early business by Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners’ £30 million signing is well worth the cash.

Xhaka had a solid Euro 2016 tournament, and surely impressed Gunners’ fans with his performances. During Switzerland’s four matches at the competition, Xhaka averaged 2.5 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per match. That was just a teaser for what he can do in Arsenal’s midfield, where he will control the game for the team this season. If Xhaka can improve his disciplinary record, he will be the complete midfield general for Arsenal for years to come.

4. More recruits on the way

Arsene Wenger has been a stubborn manager over the years. Despite having money in the coffers, Wenger has shied away from throwing around cash like the Manchester clubs or cross-town rivals Chelsea.

Could the summer of 2016 be different? Wenger has already spent £30m on Granit Xhaka, and rumours persist he is still hunting for top-quality players. Neven Subotic and Ricardo Rodriguez are both being heavily linked to the Emirates. Last season’s 21 goal Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette could join them as well. All three would massively improve the Gunners. Although questions could be asked about Subotic’s decline in play, Rodriguez and Lacazette would be outstanding signings.

3. Olivier Giroud will get double digits in goals

Olivier Giroud is a top five striker in the English Premier League. Last season the Frenchman scored 16 of Arsenal’s 62 goals. He added a further six assists. He has scored in double digits every season since arriving from France’s Montpellier, and there is no reason he shouldn’t do the same again in 2016-17.

Giroud is having an excellent Euro 2016 campaign with France, and once he returns to the Arsenal fold, should be able to carry over the form that has seen him score three times at the Euro competition this summer. With Xhaka in the centre of the park and Arsenal’s creative attackers still in tow, Giroud should once again lead the side to the top of the league.

2. Petr Cech has a year under his belt

Petr Cech’s Arsenal career got off to a nightmare start last season with a mistake in the Gunners’ season opener against West Ham that cost them dearly. The Czech has now had a season to come to terms with being a member of the side.

This season Cech will have no excuses in goal for Arsenal. He shouldn’t need any this term either. Last season, Cech finished fourth in the English Premier League with 101 saves and posted 16 clean sheets, the most of any goalkeeper in the league. With Xhaka’s arrival and possible defensive re-enforcements, expect even better numbers this term as Cech keeps Arsenal near the top of the league.

  1. No stars have left

There was a time when Arsenal continually lost players to the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona. This season, however, it looks likely that the Gunners will keep all the important pieces the club has assembled in recent years.

Last term’s assists leader Mesut Ozil (19) will be back as the creative spark for Giroud. Santi Cazorla is healthy after missing much of last season with a knee injury. His return will add more depth to the team’s talented midfield. Jack Wilshere, who played a minor role in England’s Euro 2016 campaign, should be fit as well.

With so many midfield options, the Gunners should be just as difficult as ever to defeat. With big names arriving – possibly – and the club’s stars staying, Arsenal should contend for an English Premier League title in 2016-17.

Follow Drew Farmer on Twitter @DrewMFarmer. Check out his latest book, Soccer Travels, in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon.com.

 

Another season has passed by without Arsenal getting any nearer to a Premier League title that continues to desert them. It is amazing to think that the last time we lifted the trophy aloft as the best team in England was all the way back in 2004 when the “Invincibles” provided us with magical football that we would give anything to see a repeat of. You cannot help but take your hat off to Leicester’s remarkable rise from narrowly avoiding relegation to becoming Premier League champions in the space of just one year, but I felt it was a wonderful opportunity that went begging for Arsenal. It may be the only season in which all of the big guns struggled to impose themselves, and although finishing runners-up may represent an element of progress, it would, in all honestly, mask over what was a rather indifferent campaign; we only came second because Tottenham imploded to wild amusement across our fans, and I believe we dropped points in too many games where Arsenal were expected to produce the goods, yet failed to deliver. Coral may believe we are amongst the strong favourites to compete for the Holy Grail next season and wrestle it from Leicester’s grasps, but it may require numerous changes before I start to believe it will not be unlucky 13 for the Gunners.

It feels like Groundhog Day saying this, but it could be a crucial summer for Arsenal if Arsene Wenger finally opens his eyes and mind to what many fans and pundits can see in front of them. Inconsistency and dropping points might naturally occur from time to time, but the only person that can take responsibility for the lack of strength in depth that always bites us in the backside once injuries and suspensions kick in is the manager. We always pay the ultimate price for not having adequate back-up in numerous areas, and given that it is inevitable that players will endure a dip in form at some point, it serves as a dummy whammy when Arsenal have no-one to step in and produce the goods. Bringing in Granit Xhaka for a deal which could rise to £30 million from Borussia Monchengladbach should represent the start of many new faces arriving in North London, but Wenger’s recent comments that he wants balance with two or three more arrivals has instantly put a dampener on any spending spree that I, or anyone else, was hoping for.

Any suggestion that Wenger would be forced out the door after falling short in the league once again has been almost forgot about, and while I feel that is probably the best decision in the short term, he will have to make changes this summer. This is even more prevalent now managers are grabbing more headlines than players this summer, with Coral installing the two Manchester clubs as favourites to win the league following the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at City and United respectively. It is perhaps another reason why I believe Arsenal may rue not seizing the opportunity when the door was left wide open for them to take full advantage, and with Antonio Conte also arriving in the Premier League at Chelsea, we have to get it spot on next season.

 

Leicester ultimately won the league with one tactic that proved incredibly effective from start to finish, but Arsenal need other ideas to compliment plan A; being one of the most eye-catching teams in England is all well and good, but it becomes frustrating to watch when we continue to try passing our way through teams when it is clearly not working. I have no doubt that we have the players to make plan A work, particularly if Jack Wilshere gets himself back to full fitness and stays away from the treatment table, although we need to see more from Alexis Sanchez who never really imposed himself last season. Wenger will surely have to dip into the transfer market again if Arsenal are to assert themselves in the Premier League, particularly in midfield since Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta have been allowed to leave. A proven goal-scorer upfront would certainly not go amiss, while another centre-back or right-back would ensure we have a team capable of competing. Sourcing players that would slot straight into our team and fit the style of play can only make us stronger, and with many of our title rivals likely to strengthen their ranks even further, I would happily welcome a marquee signing or two to raise my hopes that Arsenal can end 13 long years without a league title.

  • 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