Finally punters were afforded a cup final that didn’t disappoint, and a last-minute winner from Obafemi Martins sealed a Carling Cup victory and a first trophy in 48 years for Birmingham City.
But Arsenal’s search for their first piece of silverware in six years goes on after blowing their best opportunity to win a major trophy, and Arsene Wenger’s side are now 2/5 to end the season trophyless.
And after suffering such a demoralising defeat, Wenger faces his toughest task yet picking up his players for the Premier League title run-in and a Champions League second round second leg with Barcelona.
Arsenal remain steady at 2/1 to win the Premier League following Sunday’s defeat, but the Carling Cup final defeat reiterated Arsenal’s inability to convert their chances, and Manchester Utd’s position as market leaders has strengthened further.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are 4/9 to win the Premier League and are in pole position to do so, but a tricky tie to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday for a game with Chelsea they are 9/5 to win, could provide Arsenal with a second win should Man Utd lose.
Nevertheless Wenger’s side remain in the race for three trophies this term and there is plenty left to play for.
But in Man Utd and Barcelona, they find two of the world’s best teams blocking their path.
Arsenal, who face Man Utd in the FA Cup should they win their replay with Leyton Orient, are 10/1 to do the FA Cup and Premier League double.
A Premier League and Champions League double is priced at 28/1 and an ambitious treble is pried at 66/1.
But while Arsenal take a lead to the Nou Camp in the Champions League, Barcelona are still the favourites to progress in the betting and Arsenal are on course to make it six seasons without a major trophy.
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