4th Jan 2018 | FA Cup
FA Cup Outright Tip: Arsenal
The winners of the competition in 3 of the last 4 seasons, nobody can say Wenger doesn't value or need it. The Frenchman has won it a record 7 times in all.
As third round weekend comes around, now is the time when many of us have a flutter on who will go all the way.
Of course we know who the top six contenders are but this year could be impacted by the surprising success of English clubs in the Champions League. It remains to be seen, but this could ultimately thwart the domestic progress of Man City, Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea or Liverpool.
The odd one out is Arsenal and of course they could be hampered by the Europa League instead. But there is a difference. Firstly the standard of opposition is generally much lower and the Gunners may be able to progress without draining their first team. The alternative is that they experience an embarrassing exit while fielding some reserves.
What I can’t envisage is Wenger playing his strongest side in Europe unless they reach the semi-finals. This tactic should improve their prospects of a) finishing top four and b) winning the FA Cup.
The Gunners are a best price 10/1 with Bet365 to lift this trophy for a 4th time in 5 seasons. Given how important this competition has been for keeping Wenger in a job, and keeping the fans relatively peaceful, expect a strong challenge once again.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 09:35 4th Jan, 2018 but subject to change