Sunderland backed to rock Gunners in Premier League opener

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SUNDERLAND HAVE been backed to add to the misery at the Emirates according to Ladbrokes.

As fans celebrate the excitement of the return of the weekend coupon, Sunderland are the subject of significant support to upset Arsenal at 7/1 while the home side remain friendless at 2/5.

Robin Van Persie is 8/1 to outscore his old team entirely providing he starts against Everton on Monday night and the firm also report interest in Wenger to be the first Premier League boss to leave at 33/1.

Perhaps the most telling set of odds however relate to Arsenal’s price to win any major trophy. They are now the biggest price to win any trophy (11/4) since the turn of the century with odds of just 1/4 offered that they endure another drought.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Punters have been quick to back Sunderland to rub more salt in Arsenal’s wounds. Of all the outsiders this weekend they are the best backed by far.”

He added: “We’ve not known odds this big about Arsenal winning a trophy for years . The odds suggest a top four finish is about all they can hope for again.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Arsenal 2/5

Draw 7/2

Sunderland 7/1

Goals match bet for weekend fixtures (Van Persie must start)

Arsenal 1/20

Van Persie 8/1

Wenger to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post 33/1

Arsenal to win a trophy

No 1/4

Yes 11/4

Arsenal to win the Premier League 12/1

Arsenal to finish in the top four 8/13

Arsenal to finish in the bottom half 25/1

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.