Betting: Defeat in battle for Europe could spell Emirates exit for Wenger

 
Ben Cleminson
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Premier League
Arsenal fell to a 3-1 defeat by West Brom last time out - ramping up the pressure on boss Arsene Wenger (Source: Getty)

In a week dominated by Article 50, two teams who dropped out of Europe this month meet on Sunday, as Arsenal host Manchester City.

The Gunners have only beaten Hull, Sutton United and Lincoln in a miserable nine game run that also saw them humiliated 10-2 on aggregate in the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

Arsene Wenger is under as much pressure now as any time in his 21-year-reign - Arsenal have slipped from second to sixth in the space of two months.

The Frenchman’s own ‘Wexit’ has been widely called for by Arsenal fans – and it seems there’s a lot more than 52 percent who want him to leave.

The board are remaining loyal, for now, and Wenger can go a long way to securing another year at the club with victory over City on Sunday.

Whether that is enough to get them into Europe next year remains to be seen.

Pep Guardiola’s side seemed to be picking up momentum on an 11-match unbeaten run – but that was halted abruptly by Monaco two weeks ago.

Their gung-ho approach was ruthlessly picked apart in France, and after an entertaining 1-1 draw with Liverpool last time out, they face another of their top-four rivals here, before Chelsea on Wednesday in a spell that could make or break the Spaniard’s first season in charge.

City have won four of their last five in the league – and face an out-of-form Arsenal side who have only won once against any of the top six so far this term.

With Petr Cech missing, and Sergio Aguero on a run of seven goals in his last seven games, it could be another long afternoon for the Gunners.

Back City at 23/18 with 188BET.

This could be one for the neutrals – Arsenal’s last 10 games have seen the ball hit the net 41 times, with seven of City’s 16 matches since the New Year yielding four goals or more.

I’ll be buying total goals at 3.2 with Sporting Index.

Pointers

Man City - 23/18 (188BET)

Buy total goals - 3.2 (Sporting Index)

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