Arsenal managed to stay top of the Premier League before the break for the official 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament started, but can they stay top when Premier League action returns? The question being asked here is, do Arsenal need any reinforcements to shore up the squad in the upcoming January transfer window?
Do Arsenal need to strengthen the squad in January?
According to recent reports, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has stated that his team will need strengthening in January, and they will actively be looking for new signings when the January 2023 transfer window opens. He made his thoughts clear after the dismal 3-1 defeat at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on November 9th at the Emirates in the third round of the Carabao Cup (also known as the ELF Cup).
The Gunners were trailing, and Arteta eventually brought on top players Oleksandr Zinchenko, Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Magalhães, and Gabriel Martinelli, but they all failed to have an impact. To ensure they don’t get knocked off the top spot, Arteta will be looking for reinforcements to shore up the defence, midfield, and attack, but exactly who they have their eye on at the moment remains to be seen. Those who have had Arsenal tickets so far this season will be buoyed by the performances, but know that no team can stand still in the Premier League, especially with Manchester City breathing down their neck.
A look at some of Arsenal’s recent results
Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest 5-0 at home (at the Emirates Stadium) on October 30th before beating FC Zurich 1-0 at home in their 6th and final group stage match of the Europa League on November 3rd. When they returned for Premier League action on November 6th, they beat London rivals Chelsea 1-0 away, and then on November 9th, they beat Brighton 3-1 at home. In their final game before the world cup break, they travelled to Wolves on November 12th and beat them 2-0.
Current league standings
They are currently at the top of the Premier League with 37 points after 14 games. They have won 12, drawn 1 and lost 1, and they have scored 33 and let in 11. Manchester City are currently in second place with 32 points after playing 14 games, and Newcastle are in third place with 30 points after 15 games. They ended up finishing top of Group A in the Europa League above second place PSV, third place FK Bodø/Glimt, and fourth place FC Zurich, which means they are now through to the final knockout stage of the tournament.
Can Arsenal win the Premier League or Europa League?
To get a better understanding of whether Arsenal can win either the Premier League or the Europa League, the best thing to do would be to head to the major sports betting sites to compare the odds. For example, right now, at most sites, you will see that Arsenal are currently the second odds-on favourite to win the Premier League at around 9/4 in UK fractional odds (which is 3.25 in European decimal odds).
It’s looking even better for them in the Europa League, where they are the odds-on favourite to win the tournament outright at 15/4 (4.75). In other words, it’s a slightly safer bet to place on Arsenal to triumph in the Europa League. However, don’t forget – no bet is a guaranteed winner.