Arsene Wenger is more likely to announce to the world that he’ll be staying on as Arsenal boss within 24 hours of the game against Manchester City finishing than he is to say he’s leaving.
It’s been widely reported that the Gunners boss will let fans know his decision after Sunday afternoon’s clash at the Emirates, and our traders make it a 6/1 shot for him to say he’ll be staying on as boss for the foreseeable future.
That’s bad news for the Wenger Out brigade, with 10/1 for the Frenchman to announce his decision to call time on his reign.
Defeat against City could see Arsenal fall some nine points off the pace in the race for a top-four finish. Were that to happen, it’s likely the number of fans calling for Wenger’s head will grow substantially.
However, victory for the Gunners would leave them just three points behind the leading quartet – with two games in hand over fourth-placed Liverpool – not to mention the fact that it would give the club a huge lift.
Meanwhile, our traders have reopened the Next Arsenal Manager market in preparation for a shock announcement this weekend.
As things stand it’s still Juventus boss Max Allegri who leads the way to succeed Wenger at 4/1, while Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is on the drift (10/1). Yet strangely, Howe remains the most popular selection with punters for the Emirates hot seat when the French boss eventually calls time on his reign.
A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “’We’re getting closer to finding out what Wenger’s next move will be and if there is an announcement after the City game, it looks a good bet it will upset the Wenger Out brigade.”
He added: “’In terms of a replacement Howe is still the top choice as far as fans are concerned.”
Ladbrokes Latest Betting
Wenger to announce he’s staying on within 24hrs of the Man City game finishing – 6/1
Wenger to announce he’s leaving at the end of the season within 24hrs of the Man City game finishing – 10/1
Next Arsenal Manager
Massimiliano Allegri – 4/1
Thomas Tuchel – 7/1
Eddie Howe – 10/1
Rafa Benitez – 10/1
Leonardo Jardim – 12/1
Diego Simeone – 16/1
Laurent Blanc – 16/1
Manuel Pellegrini – 16/1
Jorge Sampaoli – 20/1
Ralph Hasenhuttl – 20/1
Roger Schmidt – 25/1
Luis Enrique – 25/1
Joachim Low – 25/1
Ronald Koeman – 25/1
Patrick Vieira – 33/1
Others on request
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing