Although a 4-1 hammering against Chelsea in May’s Europa League Final would have had many starting to panic in North London, the Gunners shocked almost everyone during the summer transfer window.
One of only a handful of sides to break the £100million barrier, Head Coach Unai Emery will be desperate for his men to make an early statement after a lacklustre pre-season when they make the trip to St. James on Sunday.
Suffering a 2-1 loss against Barcelona last weekend, they have lost three of their last four matches over the summer and their sole victory came in a penalties victory over French outfit Rennes last month.
With 10 of their last 12 combined matchups seeing both teams find the net within 90 minutes, you will want to know that a similar result can be found at 7/10 with Bet365.
Newcastle’s roller-coaster summer
Despite Newcastle winning three of their final four pre-season outings, including back-to-back victories over Saint Etienne and Hibernian, the mood around St. James’ Park still sits worryingly low.
With many still upset to see Rafa Benitez end his tenure at the club over the summer, the arrival of former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has angered many in the North East.
However, despite already being tipped at 2/1 with Bet365 for the drop this season, controversial owner Mike Ashley has heavily invested in his squad this summer.
If Newcastle are to surprise many and extend their Premier League status for a fourth consecutive season come May, then fans at St. James’ will be looking for record-breaking arrival Joelinton to hit the ground running.
Finding the net in his final two pre-season appearances and expected to fill the void left by Salomon Rondon’s departure, the Brazilian can be found at 12/5 with William Hill to open his account this weekend.
Arsenal’s summer to remember
While Josh Kroenke may have told Arsenal fans to expect a lively summer, few in North London would have predicted the Gunners’ heavy spending.
Breaking the £100million barrier, including adding the likes of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney on Deadline Day, it was undoubtedly the arrival of Nicolas Pépé in a deal worth over £70million that impressed most at the Emirates.
Bagging 22 Ligue 1 goals last season, he only finished behind Kylian Mbappé in the race for France’s Golden Boot.
With Unai Emery optimistic that 24-year-old will pass a late fitness test before their trip to St. James, it is worth noting that Pépé can be found at 2/1 with Bet365 to announce his Premier League arrival with an opening goal on Sunday.
Surprising many with their business over the summer, Arsenal have their sights firmly set on securing a top-four return after three years away from the Champions League.
After adding some much-needed defensive reinforcements, the Gunners can be found at 11/8 with Betfred to secure a top-four finish come May.
Betting Tip: Arsenal win – 5/6 @ Ladbrokes