Arsenal, as you know, have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League although the Gunners will draw confidence from beating Bayern Munich in the group stages.
Arsenal have been given the toughest Champions League pairing, with Arsene Wenger’s side having to overcome Barcelona for a place in the quarter finals of the competition.
The Gunners will host Barca in the first leg of this tie and bet365 offer fairly sizeable odds of 4/1 that Arsenal draw first blood against a team who boast that famous attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Wenger will look for his team to adopt the same blueprint that saw the London side overcome Bayern Munich 2-0 during the group stage and a similar scoreline against Barca would surely give Arsenal a fighting chance going to the Nou Camp for the second leg.
However, if the Catalan side are to deny the Gunners in the Champions League, then there’s the very definite prospect that Arsenal can claim the Premier League title this season.
The bookies are starting to make the title race a two-horse one after Manchester United’s defeat at Bournemouth coupled with wins for Arsenal and Manchester City.
It is the Citizens who are slight favourites at 11/8 (Paddy Power) to finish top of the pile, although Manuel Pellegrini’s side also have Champions League commitments and a draw against Dynamo Kiev could see them make further progress in the competition.
City seem to be vulnerable on the road this season and Arsenal are 7/4 with bet365 to win their first Premier League title in twelve seasons. If this happens, just make sure that Jack Wilshere is nowhere near a microphone or who knows what he’ll say about it!
For the more optimistic supporter, Sky Bet offer 16/1 about Arsenal winning a Premier League and FA Cup double, although back-to-back successes in the latter competition means that they are chasing a historic hat-trick.
William Hill are among those bookmakers quoting 7/1 that the Gunners win the 2016 FA Cup final, with Wenger clearly taking this competition more seriously than the Capital One Cup where a severely weakened team were easily beaten at Hillsborough.
One thing’s for certain, Mesut Ozil’s performances have been catching the eye this season and the German looks on course to be on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist after a bunch of assists already created for his team-mates.
Ozil is 7/2 to enjoy an award won by Eden Hazard last season, with the midfielder expected to be joined by the likes of Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku. However, there’s a chance that Alexis Sanchez could also be included and the Chilean is a 9/1 shot for the award himself.