January 29, 2011
So Arsenal find themselves still competing on all four fronts, with the final of the Carling Cup up first at the end of February.
Sports Betting is an ever growing market place with every major sporting event fully covered.
I know of one chap who resides in North London (no links to the club) who made over £200,000 in 2010 from punting on Football alone. Of course, he would not call it punting or gambling..as he would say “he takes a bet when he can see value in the price”
Arsenal are best priced 30/100 to win the Carling Cup and in a 2 horse race, you could never consider that any real value.
However, in another two horse race, namely the Premiership, Arsenal find themselves priced at almost 3/1…. now that is true value. Manure are hot favourites according to the Bookies and are priced up accordingly at a tiny odds-on price of 8/11.
5/1 for Arsenal to be FA Cup Winners is again poor value at this stage, with so many of the big sides still left in.
Mark Lawro Lawrenson does a weekly game prediction stint over on the BBC website, and has landed some pretty decent priced correct score results this season. This is pure gambling though.
The final 2 horse race that involves Arsenal is perhaps representative of the greatest value. Arsenal can be backed at over 20/1 to win the Champions League this season, but can be backed at 3/1 to win the Home leg of the Barcelona game. Can you recall the last time Arsenal lost a home match in the Champions League?
No neither can I.
February 14, 2010
Volver – The literal translation for this Spanish word is to return to a place.
In our heart of hearts, we gooners all appreciate young Cesc will have to return home to his motherland sooner rather than later.
It’s a fact. So lets not cry about.
Another fact is he will only have played for two football clubs when his career is over.
Forget the Real rumours, he will sign for Barcelona, and he will be managed by his childhood idol… namely Pep Guardiola.
However, if Barca were to sign him this coming summer they would have the same problem the Spanish national side have… how do you accomodate Xavi, Iniesta and Cesc in the same starting line up?
Which is why I am confident we will saviour the ever growing abilities of our young captain for at least another season after this current one.
Cesc is not stupid, he has seen his buddies fly the nest and end up wrecking their careers whilst picking up weekly backside splinters via bench warming.
Xavi Hernandez, the current midfield lynchpin and orcherstrata in both the Barca and Spanish national midfield’s, turned 30 in recent weeks. One could assume he has another 2-3 seasons before his first team berth could come under serious pressure.
Iniesta on the other hand turns 25 later this coming spring, so is about to peak.
Why would Cesc leave us now? At 22, coming up 23, he has the perfect set-up.
See through the Arsenal project for another 2 or 3 seasons, whilst Xavi comes down from his lofty perch at the Camp Nou and sets up a comfortable first team slot for Cesc alongside Iniesta, Messi et al.
Go on Rodney, you know it makes sense… every one’s a winner!