Betting: Can Arsenal salvage their season with Europa League success?

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While the likes of Atletico Madrid and Napoli are taking part in the knockout stages, Al Hain-Cole thinks the Gunners will prioritise European glory

Playing host to an eye-catching number of big name clubs, this season’s Europa League looks like being one of the most competitive in recent memory.

Surprisingly eliminated from the Champions League group stages, Atletico Madrid have been immediately installed as dabblebet’s 7/2 (4.50) favourite to go all the way in this competition.

This is understandable considering Diego Simeone’s team has reached the Champions League final twice in the last three seasons, and lifted this trophy in both 2010 and 2012.

Gunners to claim glory

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However, while Los Rojiblancos are comfortably positioned in second place in La Liga, Arsenal’s poor Premier League form could make them more likely candidates to push themselves in this tournament.

Currently eight points adrift of the top four, winning this competition arguably represents the Gunners’ most realistic hope of Champions League qualification – just as Manchester United did last season.

With a relatively kind draw against Swedish minnows Ostersunds in their favour, Arsene Wenger’s men offer good value at 5/1 (6.00) to go all the way.

Double for Napoli?

In contrast, Napoli are still fighting hard to claim their first Scudetto since 1990, so are unlikely to focus their attention elsewhere enough to justify their own 8/1 (9.00) outright odds.

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What’s more, the Partenopei have been drawn against a strong RB Leipzig side currently sitting second in the Bundesliga, and who probably offer better value at 18/1 (19.00) themselves.

Fellow countrymen Borussia Dortmund are 9/1 (10.00) and will prove strong contenders after returning to form under Peter Stoger, although last 32 opponents Atalanta (33/1) will not be easily beaten.

Best of the rest

In-form Milan at 12/1 (13.00) and Lazio at 14/1 (15.00) will also ensure that Serie A is well represented this season, having not provided a champion since Parma in 1999.

Responsible for eight of last 12 winners, Spain’s chances of success are enhanced by the presence of Villarreal (20/1), Real Sociedad (24/1) and Athletic Bilbao (25/1).

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