Gunners Set for Testing Pre-Season Schedule

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For the first time in two decades, Arsenal will not be a participant in the UEFA Champions League. In staying on as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has endeared himself yet further in the eyes of the majority of the Emirates faithful. Conversely, he has also incensed the ever-growing faction of Arsenal fans that crave a new face in the dugout, with fresh ideas and a clear vision for the coming generations. With the teams that did qualify for next season’s Champions League set to grow ever stronger, Wenger may need to bank on a Europa League triumph, and gain qualification to the Champions League via that route.

Once more, free from the distraction of international football, Arsenal have prepared well for the upcoming season. A tour of Australia will enable Wenger’s men to bond and release their wrath upon opposition that could be considered equal to a few teams that are guaranteed to be in the Europa League group stage, but amongst the lowest seeded sides. In playing a number of reserves against A-League opposition, Wenger will know exactly how ready his rotation players are for the likes of Zorya Luhansk and FC Lugano. These are potential ‘banana skins’ that could disrupt Arsenal’s bid for Europa League success, as reflected by odds (as of 16 June 2017) of 10/1 from Paddy Power for Arsenal to win the competition outright. In winning the Europa League, Arsenal would have a first European trophy since the 1994 Cup Winners Cup.

Following on from the Australian tour is the first match of an International Champions Cup pre-season tournament. Red, white and neutral alike, every cynical follower of football culture on social media believes that Arsenal’s ICC run will end at the first hurdle, against a Bayern Munich side they are seemingly incapable of beating. Then Arsenal will face two opponents that will provide the greatest reflection yet of the Gunners’ readiness for a Europa League run – namely, Benfica and Sevilla.

Benfica will only meet Arsenal in European competition, for the first time in 27 years, if they finish third in their Champions League group and join them in the Europa League group stage. Three years ago, Arsenal used home advantage against Benfica as they will aspire to this summer, beating the current champions of Portugal 5-1 and making a real statement of intent after yet another fourth-placed finish. One player that Arsenal will ignore at their peril is Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, with the 26-year old hitting seven goals in nineteen appearances last season.

It only gets harder for Arsenal, with a Sevilla side now managed by Eduardo Berizzo visiting the Emirates a day later. It will be the first meeting between the sides in ten years, with each club winning its group stage home game against the other in the 2007/08 Champions League. In the interim, Sevilla have won three European trophies in consecutive years, while Arsenal – as already noted – have won none. Sevilla manager Berizzo will undoubtedly make life difficult for Wenger. Notably, he recently transformed Celta Vigo from a struggling side to Europa League semi-finalists in the space of just two years.

Semi-competitive though the Emirates Cup is, only lifting it will put Arsenal in the frame of mind they must occupy to make 2017/18 a success, especially with the Gunners having the fillip of home advantage.

How Sports Betting Can Benefit your Bank Account

Sports are one of the most important and globally enjoyed pastimes. In almost every single country, there is some form of sport or gaming-related activity prevalent, that the locals enjoy. Sport is so important in life that it has been the primary source of entertainment for millions of people over the years since the start of human history.

With the ancient Olympic games, to the modern worldwide competitions and even the innovative online sports of tomorrow; we have evidence of the way and the extent to which sports have made themselves integral to our lives. This has given rise to a number of opportunities to both people who want to be actively involved in the act of playing a sport, as well as those who want to benefit financially from it without actually having to participate in the game.

Sports Betting: The Significance and Involvement

It’s a well-known fact that betting is as integral a part of any major sport as the various rules that govern it and the players who compete in it. This has been so since the ancient times when in the spirit of fandom and competition, the spectators would start financially rooting on who would win.

There are various betting organisations that cater specifically to people who bet on sports, and they have a very well-set network inside the sport in question.

Take football for instance. There are many organisations and associations based in almost all major cities and even internationally, that organise the betting process for the people who are putting their money in the game. These organisations do all the record keeping while the players simply put in their money and if they are lucky, leave with sizable amounts. This makes it a very profitable business in general, and certainly one that involves a great deal of thrill, especially if you are a fan of sports and you want to benefit from it financially.

Sports Betting: A Sure-Fire Way to Increase your Bank Account Numbers

Betting on your favorite sport can be a very thrilling way to make money, especially if you thoroughly enjoy watching the sport. This is because the more you feel involved on a visual and mental level with the activity and the more passionate you are about it, the more you will enjoy benefitting from it financially. This will also increase your chances of benefiting from it, since you will know all the intricacies of the sport.

To that end, the following is a list of ways you and your bank account are sure to benefit from sports betting.

Knowledge of the sport leads to better betting results

Assuming that the sport you are betting on is something that you are very familiar with, and you know all the various indications that continue to demonstrate how the game is going to turn out; you can actually be quite successful at sports betting.

If we are to take the sport of football, there are hundreds, even thousands of people all over the world who have expertise in the game. This has led to football betting becoming a business worth an immense amount of money. There are dedicated organisations that cater to football betting, which can ultimately be your pathway towards a bigger, heftier bank account, if you keep at it with due diligence.

Less effort means more dedication

Since betting does not involve any physical exertion, unlike the actual sport which is being played, you can dedicate your entire mind to it. Betting demands that close attention be paid to the various emerging patterns and performance figures in the game. This will help in placing the right bets, which results in better payoffs. This is why it’s very advantageous for you, as an enthusiast of the sport, and someone who can put all their time and money into betting, to play the game in a way that is both comfortable and less physically taxing than the sport itself.

The payoffs can be HUGE!

If you have bet on a game before, you will undoubtedly have noticed that sometimes the payoff to the right bet can be immense, even amounting in the millions in some cases! The bigger the game and the more chances of a big upset there are, the more the payoff. Although it is a risky business in such a case, the rewards far outweigh the risks. Plus there is the thrill of putting your money where your mouth is and going all in for the one big bet that is sure to expand the boundaries of your bank account!

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The Special One

Jose Mourinho won the English Premier League with Chelsea in the 2004/05 season. The self-proclaimed “special one” did this with a team that was complete. A team that had high calibre players including Claude Makelele and Frank Lampard in the centre. Arjen Robben and Damien Duff at the wings. And a solid back led by John Terry. It was team that would rarely concede in 90 minutes but had players who could score. By the end of the season Lampard with 13 goals was the team’s highest goal score. That season the blues only conceded 15 goals. Did you know that sports betting has expanded to non-athletic event, you can now place your betting on other things besides sport for more information visit sun vegas and get more information on sports betting.

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Arsenal Winger Tella Has Left Arsenal And Joined Southampton On A Permanent Deal


It is going to be a huge rebuilding job at the Emirates for whoever is in charge come the start of the new campaign. With the clubs key personnel including the manager along with star players Ozil and Sanchez yet to decide their future, the heart could be ripped out and need emergency surgery to fit it. One player that has just confirmed that he has left Arsenal is Tella who has joined Southampton on a permanent basis. The young winger could be one of many that leave during the summer months.

Tella has been able to join Southampton due to The Gunners telling the young winger that his contract with the club would not be extended at the end of the campaign. The player has been at Southampton on trial which he confirms early in the month. Things have gone well for him at Southampton and were keen to join them. Arsenal has not stood in the player’s way and has allowed him to leave. He has been at Emirates for a decade but has never reached his full potential due to a lack of playing time.

Tella is only 17 years old and has bags of potential to make it to the very top. If he is going to do it he needs playing time at one of the clubs in the EPL so he can develop into a top class winger. With Southampton’s policy of developing young talent, it is a great match for the midfielder and it will give him the better chance of getting regular playing time.

Tella is a player full of promise but presently he will not be missed as Arsenal have plenty of quality player that play in his position. If however both Ozil and Sanchez leave, this will completely destroy a team that is built around the two star players. Ozil is the most likely one out of the two that will stay due to his huge wages and lazy attitude that will put off a number of the top teams that can afford his salary. The bigger loss will be Sanchez and he is a player that will be extremely difficult to replace. Without him, the team will be a lot weaker which is something they cannot afford as they are already going to struggle to qualify for the Champions League next season.

A growing number of Gunner Fans want to see manager Wenger resign from his position as manager but the rumors are that he is determined to stay. If the club does not qualify for the Champions League the pressure will mount and it is hard to see him staying. Their form both in the EPL and Champions League has been dreadful since the turn of the year and if things do not change fast they are in danger of falling apart.

With so much uncertainty at the club, it will hinder their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. One wager that is worth considering is for both Arsenal and Man U to fail to qualify for next year’s competition. If you do fancy putting some money on this make sure you get a £30 free football bet with one of the top bookmakers.


Arsenal set to face Man Utd U23s with more questions than answers

Arsenal drew 3-3 with Man City in the Under-23 league on Monday – in a result that showed loads of promise, but plenty of flaws.

Donyell Malen, one of the hottest prospects in the country, scored yet again. So did the exciting Reiss Nelson, while Carl Jenkinson also netted on his return from injury.

But the same difficult problems continued at the back, with even new-boy Cohen Bramall not being able to shore up the defence. It’s a worrying trend that has dogged Arsenal’s youth teams in recent years.

Why aren’t the Gunners producing exciting young defenders? It has been a long-time since we had a world class centre back come through the system.

Will we see some soon? Don’t bet on it, although if you’re a betting man, check out the latest on odds here.

Meanwhile, Arsenal face Manchester United in the Under-23 league shortly, offering another big test against a big-name rival.

It will be interesting to see whether a strong team is named, with Yaya Sanogo likely to get another go, or whether more youngsters will get a chance.

10 Things you are guaranteed to see on Ladies Day

Ladies Day, a day to dress to the nines, wear a fancy feathered hat, drink some champagne and have a flutter on some thoroughbreds – well that was the idea. It’s becoming apparent year after year that Ladies Day is no longer about the racing and more and more about the ‘sesh’. With each passing event the drunken antics and horrendous clobber is getting worse.

We’ve made a list of the 10 things you can be sure of seeing at Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day:

Horrendous Clothes

The intention of Ladies Day was to give the fairer sex the chance to dress up in all of their finery to attempt to emulate the royals that attend (or at least, used to attend) the races. Over the past 10 years standards have dropped faster than a political manifesto. Demure dresses showcasing class and elegance have been replaced by neon pink designer knock-offs being worn 3 sizes too small, making the wearer look like a stringed up joint of pork. The battle of the platform heels will never be won until the wearers head is in orbit and the market stall bought ‘Mum’ rings will be plentiful.

Elaborate Hats/Headpieces

Wearing a hat or a headpiece has always been in the dress code for Ladies Day, and it’s evolution over the years has been driven by ladies desperation to out-do each other. Bows and feathers were a popular go-to for headpieces and hats in years gone by along with intricate designs and bright colours. Now you’re more likely to see a full English breakfast on someone’s head (yes, it has happened) or a 3D printed eulogy in the shape of a hat plonked on their barnet.

Drinking from the Bottle

As stated previously, Ladies Day used to be all about class and sophistication, sipping champagne out of a flute as you giddily cheer along the nag you’d backed at the tote. Ladies now don’t have time for a flute, they want the booze and they want it now. Usually pre-inebriated from downing £3 bottles of Pino Grigio on the coach journey the ladies arrive with a thirst that can only be quenched by chugging wine out of the bottle.

Hopefully Underwear

With the dresses growing smaller and the areas that protect their modesty becoming more elaborate there is a real danger of the ladies showing more than people would like to see. We say hopefully because some ‘ladies’ decide against undies and it’s a recipe for disaster. After a few beverages there is a lot of flesh flashing on Ladies Day so keep your wits about you and your eyes covered.

Bad Tattoos

Some people will tell you that any tattoo is a bad tattoo and we usually wouldn’t comment but in lots of circumstances we really do question the logic. You can be certain you will see someone with an absolute shocker in permanent ink. The customary boyfriends name or even the newly popular under-boob mandala aren’t too bad, but when you have the famous Ghandi quote “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” and you’re face first in the mud, legs akimbo with half a bottle of plonk spilled down you, you’re asking not to be taken seriously.

Fake Tan

It’s usually a given with the Ladies Day brigade that if she’s showing 98% of her body, chances are it’s going to be smeared in fake tan. You would think they would approach this cautiously to give off a healthy summer glow to enhance their image. You would be wrong though, very wrong, most of the time it looks like they we fathered by Umpa Lumpa’s, bathed daily in orange Tango, rolled around in Wotsits and still not satisfied with the colour submerged themselves in some cheap fake bake.


If you mix masses of alcohol, men, women and gambling all in the same place odds are it’s going to kick off. It could have been the smallest thing that started it off but once it starts it’s like a domino effect. Bottles and heel’s flying everywhere, hair being pulled and make-up smudged it’s usually quite an entertaining sight.


If you’ve ever been to Germany you will know exactly what clean looks like. In England we like to think we’re a tidy bunch but we’re no match for our pals on the continent. Nowhere is this more aptly shown than at the end of the day at the races. It’s about 3ft deep in wine bottles, plastic cups, fake eyelashes and dignity that’s been left behind.

Sitting on the floor

Due to the massive increase of the popularity of horse racing events such as Ladies Day seats are at an absolute premium. This leads to the thousands around the track without a chair sitting on the sloped toward the track concrete floor. After thinking about this it’s probably a good thing as ladies with a few glasses of vino down them are less stable than Shakey Jake. The only problem this leaves is it’s not a particularly brilliant sight for the passing jockeys & horses, a fair few thousand pairs of spread legs.

Horse Racing

If the previous nine points haven’t hit the spot then who knows, maybe since you’re at a racetrack the racing might be an interesting sight. Ladies Day usually has some spectacular racing all across the meetings in the UK so is well worth a visit.