Betting: Arsenal underdogs to lift the FA Cup but Wenger odds on to stay

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In what has been a very volatile market over the past few months, Paddy Power go 1/2 (1.50) that the Frenchman remains in charge of the Gunners

There were 18 points between Chelsea and Arsenal in the final Premier League table and the FA Cup odds suggest that the Gunners have their work cut out to reverse that form at Wembley.

Antonio Conte's men will be aiming to complete a league and cup double and Paddy Power go 2/5 (1.40) that the Blues lift the trophy, a bet that covers victory in 90 minutes, extra time or via a penalty shootout.

Arsenal are 7/4 (2.75) to win the competition for the third time in four seasons after beating Hull and Aston Villa in previous editions.

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Despite that, there is a growing feeling that Arsene Wenger will remain in charge of Arsenal. The 67-year-old has been well odds to depart this summer at various points during the campaign but despite missing out on the top four, the current prices suggest that the Gunners boss is set to sign a contract extension.

It's 1/2 (1.50) that Wenger is still in charge of the Gunners on 31st August while punters who believe that he's destined to move on can back 6/4 (2.50) about the opposite. There are few managers, if any, that can claim the type of influence over the board of directors at their respective clubs that Wenger commands, despite stalling results.

The Frenchman alluded to the fact that his sides' dip in form was down, at least in part, to the "absolutely horrendous" atmosphere that has been present at the club since the turn of the year. Although that’s a situation that is partly of the manager’s making given the growing uncertainty around his future.


The consensus is certainly that a lack of announcement regarding any new contract points to Wenger staying on. If not, he has left the Gunners in something of a difficult situation in terms of seeking out a successor, something that is unlikely to be the case given his commitment to the club over the past two decades.

Chelsea are 3/4 (1.75) to beat Arsenal in 90 minutes, as they did at Stamford Bridge back in February. Arsenal picked up a 3-0 victory on home soil though, a result that prompted Conte's move to a back three, one of the key factors in their title charge. It's 7/2 (4.50) that the north Londoners win the match in normal time, while the draw is 11/4 (3.75).

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