How do you solve a problem like Wenger?
We fully expected West Brom to get something from the game against Arsenal but the manner of the victory highlighted the flaws present in this Arsenal side. The blame has to fall somewhere and Wenger is the easy target. He’s refused to adapt in his period as manager and the side hasn’t progressed since the Invincibles took the Championship in 2003/04.
Not only has the side failed to progress they’ve fallen from grace, especially so in recent years. The squad of today bears no resemblance to that squad, from the side that completely dominated the league for a season. They had a side that balance flair and resilience, a side that was built around winners.
Arsenal have lost that winning mentality, they’ve gone soft and the lack of results in the major competitions has seen them fall from genuine title contenders, to a side resting on it’s laurels, content with a Champions League place and a good run in the FA cup.
The winning mentality
This is something that cannot be taught on the training ground, it’s bred into the players by the managers and the performances they put in. Ferguson was a master at building a side with a winning mentality. Fergie time has become synonymous with late winning goals, his sides always played to the last minute, regardless of the odds of victory.
The victory over Man United in the Champions League final epitomised this mentality. Losing 1-0 against Bayern Munich with 90 minutes on the clock Sheringham equalised, they looked to have snatched extra time from the jaws of defeat. 2 minutes later, Solskjaer scored the winner. The side knew never to give in, and believed they could win it.
Arsenal don’t have this mentality, they can score late goals to win games, but they can’t do it on the big stage. The Giroud goal against Bournemouth was celebrated like a cup final win, but it was a draw at one of the sides fighting for relegation. It was a marvelous comeback, but you have to question why a side who is fighting for the title was 3-0.
Their record against the top 6 is poor, often freezing before the big games. Key players often disappear, Ozil becoming the invisible man. With just 1 win over the top 6 this season, they are bottom of the top 6 mini league, the victory over Chelsea transforming that side into the Champions elect.
The side is soft
The side is full of players with little bark and no bite. Walcott, Giroud, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain all play the game like it’s a friendly. There is no ‘hard-man’ in the side. No-one to protect the creative players or impact on the opposition. Xhaka looks like he could fill the role, but he often get’s his challenges wrong, his disciplinary record already looks a concern early in his career.
When they face the more rugged sides such as Stoke, Burnley and West Brom they are unable to adapt their game. The opposition sit back and let Arsenal play in front of them. There is no play who is able to battle their way towards goal like YaYa has done in previous years for Man City.
Sanchez injuries back after carrying the side for another year
For all the praise Ozil gets it’s Sanchez who has carried the side so far this season. Ozil has registered just 4 Premier League assists, Sanchez has 8. He has 5 goals to Sanchez’s 18. The German playmaker has been outplayed by the Chilean Superstar so far this season and he looks a frustrated figure.
Looking around this side it’s clear to see that he is the most important player, and he’s out there on his own. The top sides in the division have great attacking partnerships, Costa and Hazard, Silva and Aguero, Sanchez and…. Giroud? Sanchez is leagues above the rest of the players in the side and it’s no surprise he’s looking to move on.
Lack of Quality
As mentioned in the previous section only Sanchez has world-class quality. There are players with talent, Bellerin for example, but the rest of the side is average. The money saved up by building the new stadium hasn’t helped the side, and they’ve been unable to buy the quality needed to compete at the top level.
The players have talent, but only Sanchez is likely to make the team of the season. They’ve failed to progress in the Champions League because of the difference in talent between this side and the top teams in Europe and with them slowly slipping down the league, they are running the risk of becoming a stepping stone for players as they look to play for Chelsea, Man City or possibly Spurs.
It’s all down to Wenger
Wenger has instilled an attitude of style over substance. He want’s his sides to play the beautiful game regardless of the outcome. The excuse that other sides have more resources won’t hold out for long and the side has become vastly under-invested.
He’s become so set in his ways that he’s unable to adapt. The mauling of Chelsea made Conte rethink his set up and he’s created the most formidable side in the division. Wenger continues to repeat his mistakes regardless of the mountain of evidence suggesting that it does not work.
For a manager who has given great service to a club, it’s hard to see him treated in such a manner, but the game has changed, and he’s unable to cope in this new, harsh environment. It’s a tough call but C’est la vie Arsene.
Coral Cheltenham Festival Offers
It’s almost here, Cheltenham Festival week… The four days a year when the bookmaking world goes in total and utter chaos and that means free bets galore!
The biggest event in the National Hunt racing calendar will attract plenty of interest from horse racing enthusiasts and newbies alike and as such, we thought we’d include free bets and offers for every level of punter.
Coral are offering a standout Bet and Get offer for all new customers at Coral, as well as the brilliant new Cheltenham Bet & Get Club running throughout Cheltenham week.
Interested? Read on to find out more about the Coral Free bet offers:
All Customer Offer
Cheltenham Festival 2017 – Bet & Get Club
Opt in EACH DAY
Bet £/€25 on Cheltenham Races
Get £/€10 in FREE BETS for the next day
End Date: Friday 17th March
Bet Victor Cheltenham Festival Free Bet offer
We don’t normally publish free bet offers but the Bet Victor Cheltenham Festival Free Bet offer is just too good to miss.
They are calling it the Jump Starter welcome offer and I’ve detailed the key terms and conditions below.
- Register a free account here (www.betvictor.com)
- Opt in to the Cheltenham Promotion
- Place a bet of £10 or more on any sporting event
- Receive £14 in free bets for Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival (14th March)
- Receive £14 a day at 20:00 (GMT) for the next days racing.
You get £2 a race free bet to place on any horse, and any winnings will be paid out in cash. The bonus fund stake will not be returned.
Price Boosts for Cheltenham Festival – Day 1
BALLYANDY TO WIN 1.30 CHELTENHAM @ 4/1 (£20MAX) Will be pushed live at 12:30
YANWORTH TO WIN THE 3.30 CHELTENHAM @ 7/2 (£20MAX) Will be pushed live at 2:20
ALTIOR TO WIN THE 2.10 BY 12 LENGTHS OR MORE 2/1 (£20MAX)
WILLIE MULLINS TO TRAIN 3 OR MORE WINNERS 8/1 (£10MAX)
What is Cheltenham Festival
Cheltenham Festival is a horse racing meeting in teh National Hunt Racing calendar. The main race is the Gold Cup and is the 2nd most prestigious race in the country, after the Grand National.
The Festival takes place in March every year at Cheltenham Race Course in Gloucestershire. It often covers Saint Patricks day, just as it does this year.
How many races a day are there?
There are 7 races each day, with the main even The Gold Cup, taking place on Friday. Bet Victor are offering a £2 free bet on every single race from just a single £10 stake. That’s £58 worth of free bets!
You don’t have to be a gambler to participate in matched betting, in fact you don’t need any betting knowledge at all. Most people make over £900 in a month and this will explain exactly how to do it.
What is Matched Betting?
Matched betting is a very simple concept when explained correct. You are backing both sides of a bet, with the stake on one side covered by a free bet. This guarantees you a profit so is considered risk free.
Manchester United to win – Backed with free bet
Manchester United to lose – Backed with cash
There are complicated mathematical calculations which forecast the guaranteed profit when using matched betting.
- Backing – To place a bet on a selection to win. This is where you pick something you beleive will win. I will back England to beat San Marino with £10. This is the type of bets you will place will all bookmakers such as Stan James, Paddypower and Betway.
- Lay – To place a bet on a selection to lose. This is the opposite side of any win bet. Imagine arguing about a friend about whether you could eat the a large burger or not. You would bet £10 you can, they would bet £10 you can’t. The ‘Can’t’ is betting the other person will lose and that is a lay bet. In order to lay a bet you must use a betting exchange. These allow you to ‘be the bookmaker’ and back the ‘can’t’ option.
How does it work?
Bookmakers often incentivise new players to open accounts with free bets and deposit bonuses. These are usually matched bets where you place a bet, and receive a free bet of the same amount. Once you’ve placed these two bets, you lay any other outcomes so that no matter what happens, a profit is achieved.
Finding these bets and making the most out of them is not always easy. To do this you need to find the offers and perform the calculations. Many experienced users can do this, but it’s often time consuming and requires a high-level of betting knowledge and numerical skills. Mistakes can happen and that defeats the purpose of guaranteeed prodit.
Assisted services such as www.oddsmonkey.com and www.profitaccumulator.com are the best way to progress with matched betting. They provide comparison tables and auto-matches. These services give the users the exact information they need to place the bets accurately and quickly. They are a subscription service, but at £15 per month, the cost is minimal compared to the returns.
Is it too good to be true?
No it’s not, in fact it has been proven to work on a number of occasions by high profile media.
It works because bookmakers need these offers to bring in new players, they cannot remove the offers and they cannot stop people using them for matched betting. Many bookmakers have come to terms with this and have been moving away from large sign up bonuses, to bonuses for regular customers. However matched betting still works in 2017 and you can earn up to £1,500 per month tax free.
This is completely legal, and it’s a method that has been employed for over 10 years. It’s something the bookmakers are aware of, but something they’ve had to accept.
Matched betting is legal and the betting industry does not have a problem with this use of free bets – spokesperson for William Hill
Unfortunately we’ve used the majority of free bets from our time, but my partner has been through and earned a small fortune. You can do it on your own, but for just £15 a month www.oddsmonkey.com, it’s worth removing the risk, and it made her feel more comfortable. We’ve a blog post explaining exactly how long it took her to get started, with no betting knowledge at all, and how much money she made.
How much can I make?
You can start with as little as £10 and work your way up, or start with £500 if you want to make quicker profits. You can make up to 95% of any free bet amount and with hundreds of bookmakers out there with £1000’s of free bets, you can a nice amount of regular, tax free money.
The signup bonuses are the quickest way to make money, but sites like oddsmonkey have a daily betting calendar which makes use of smaller, more frequent bonuses.
For people who have time on their hands, such as students, this is a great way to earn extra cash for a night out at no risk.
I want in on this!
Great! Nothing is better than a free lunch and you will have plenty with matched betting. Sign up to Oddsmonkey now and enjoy a free trial!
With the free trial you will follow the expert guides produced by oddsmonkey which will:
- Introduce you to matched betting
- Introduce you to the oddsmatcher software
- Help you register with the Betfair exchange
- Open an account with Coral and complete their sign up offer
- Open an account with Skybet and complete their sign up offer
By following these guides you will learn how to use the software and earn around £45 in profit in under an hour.
Those two sign up offers will pay for 3 months membership, or you can take your profit and run. With over 90 bookmakers available through oddsmonkey. I suggest you sign up ASAP.
Liverpool games have goals
BTTS & OVER 2.5 goals
In their 11 Premier League games so far this season there has been 44 goals. That’s an average of 4 goals per game. Only 3 out of their 11 games have been under 2.5 goals, and they are all fixtures Liverpool have failed to win. Both teams have scored in 9 out of the 11 fixtures. Liverpool’s next fixture is against Southampton and the prices for BTTS (7/10) & Over 2.5 goals (7/8) look remarkable value.
Chelsea have found their form
CHELSEA CLEAN-SHEET & HT/FT
Chelsea looked beaten early in the season, scraping results and putting in some poor performances, especially defensively. The 3-0 defeat at Arsenal made Conte rethink things and he’s now gone to 3 at the back, with more protection in the midfield. Since the change his side have won 5 consecutive league fixtures, and haven’t conceded a goal. Those clean-sheets have come against good teams such as Everton, Southampton, Man United and Leicester. They’ve also started scoring goals, with 16 goals being scored in those 5 games, mainly thanks to Costa and Hazard. Chelsea to keep a cleansheet is currently (20/23) which looks a good price, and with the goal scoring form, HT/FT bets are prices at (7/5) both should be considered going forward.
Tottenham Bore draw experts
TOTTENHAM DRAW & UNDER 2.5 GOALS
Spurs are currently the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, but they still sit 5th in the table. The reason is their poor goalscoring form, especially from open play. In their 11 league fixtures so far this season, they have won 5 and have drawn 6. This inability to win games comes from last season, and comes from a side with a weak mentality. They do not know how to win games. The draw (17/5) should always be considered in Tottenham games, as should under 2.5 goals (23/20) with 9 of the fixture so far being under 2.5. If you decide to back Tottenham in the HT/FT markets and the game ends 0-0 you will get your money back (or void the acca leg) with www.betfred.com Bore Draw promotion.
Burnley are the Kings of Turf Moor
BURNLEY HOME WIN
Burnley have played 7 games at home this season and have lost just 2 of those fixtures, drawing 1. Late goals for both Hull and Arsenal secured points they probably didn’t deserve and the they’ve beaten Everton, Palace, Watford and Liverpool at home. They lack Premier League and a real goalscoring threat, but they are effective on the counter, and have a solid defence led by Michael Keane. In their last outing they were as high as 23/10 to win at home against an out of form Palace side. They are always worth watching and will offer some real returns if their home form continues.