Arsenal supporters are heading into the new campaign with a new-found sense of optimism following a successful summer in the transfer market. The additions of Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos, in particular, will give Gunners fans hope of a top-four finish and a trophy or two.
Doubts linger about the London club’s defence but if manager Unai Emery can bring in one or two more recruits before the transfer window closes, he will have all the tools at his disposal for a successful season.
They will head into Sunday’s match against Newcastle as overwhelming favourites following the massive upheaval that has taken place at the Magpies over the summer.
The departure of Rafa Benitez and the arrival of Steve Bruce has led to massive disquiet among the fanbase, with boycotts planned for the opening day fixture. It’s unlikely to be a full house at St James’ Park.
They have broken their transfer record to sign Hoffenheim forward Joelinton, and have also recruited Allan Saint-Maximin from Nice, but they are unproven, and Newcastle’s team will not be a settled one when they line up against the Gunners this weekend.
Unsurprisingly, then, the bookmakers have made Arsenal the heavy favourites for this game. They are 4/5 odds-on to win at Ladbrokes with a draw 29/10 at Betfair. A victory for Newcastle is currently 18/5 with BetVictor.
Predicted Score – 3-1 to Arsenal