According to the latest odds published by Sky Bet, Arsenal have dropped from being favourites to being now 3/1 to win the Premier League title come the end of the season.
Here are the latest odds illustrated by Sky Bet:
Manchester City 1/1
Leicester City 5/1
Tottenham Hotspur 6/1
The Gunners topped the Premier League table heading in to the New Year, and with players returning from injury many highlighted how they may not get a better chance to win the title.
However, they have gone from favourites to now 3/1 outsiders – the sort of odds you can get on Leicester City beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in a couple of weeks’ time.
But why have Arsenal’s chances dropped so significantly? Here are three possible explanations.
1) Loss of form. Arsenal have picked up just three points from a possible 12, going four league games without a win and failing to find the net in their last outings.
It’s been a fairly wretched run for Arsene Wenger’s men, and luck hasn’t been on their side of late as they created more than enough to beat both Liverpool and Southampton.
2) The Pellegrini situation: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is to be replaced by Pep Guardiola this summer. The announcement was made on deadline day, and it could Spur City on.
Pellegrini is a popular figure at the Etihad Stadium, and City’s players will now have extra motivation to win the title on behalf of their departing Chilean coach – a situation which doesn’t help Arsenal.
3) Daunting fixtures. When considering the run-in, Arsenal’s chances could be decreased further by taking in to account who the Gunners still have left to play in the last 14 matches.
Wenger’s side still have to travel to Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, West Ham United and of course a potential decider at Manchester City in the penultimate game of the season.
City, on the other hand, have the bulk of their key games to play at the Etihad Stadium and only face two top-half clubs – Liverpool and Southampton – away [plus Chelsea away] in their run-un.