The bookmakers have Mikael Arteta’s side going into the cup final as underdogs putting the odds at slightly better value when compared to other finals Arsenal have been involved in in recent years.
Saturday’s FA Cup final sees a repeat of last year’s Europa League final and the chance for vengeance against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. As an Arsenal fan the final flutter of the season could be a great chance to cash in from a number of betting promotions now available for the FA Cup this weekend.
With European football not yet secured for the Gunners due to a disappointing eighth place finish, it’s not just about getting our hands on silverware, but sealing a much needed Europa League spot for next season.
To pile on the pressure, if Arsenal don’t lift the FA Cup on Saturday, and with Chelsea already having qualified for the Champions League, it will gift a Europa League spot to bitter rivals Spurs. Mourinho’s side finished sixth place in the league and are next in line for Europa League qualification if Arteta fails in his quest for silverware.
Recent record doesn’t do us justice
As Blues boss Frank Lampard quite rightly said in his post-match interview, Arsenal are a side on an upward curve. Sealing victory in the league against runaway leaders Liverpool as well as dealing a crushing blow to Manchester City in the semi-final of the cup has shown that the Gunners can perform on the big occasions.
Arsenal are going into Saturday’s clash as underdogs against Chelsea, with odds for a win currently priced at 4/6 (2.25). Chelsea are priced slightly lower at 5/4 (1.67) with the bookmakers figuring them as favourites.
Aubameyang leads the line
However, it’s Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who’s being backed by the bookies as the show stopper for Saturday’s final.
The 31 year old striker has once again been the shining light in a difficult season. Despite netting a solid 22 goals and equalling last season’s record in the Premier League, he ultimately missed out taking home a second successive top scorer award by just one goal, coming in second to Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
With no other Arsenal player coming close to those figures this season it’s no surprise that a number of betting sites are backing the Gabon international to make his mark on the final at decent odds of 11/10 (2.0).
It represents solid odds for a decent bet to back an Arsenal man to do the job, especially considering there are plenty of Bet 10 Get 30 offers currently an option for UK punters.
Silverware as a benchmark
Arteta’s reign at Arsenal has been a mixed one so far to say the least. Finishing eighth in the league is not good enough for a club of this stature, but can be chalked off as the trappings of what is essentially a transitional season.
Sealing silverware against Chelsea would not only be a statement of intent for a manager attempting to instill a tactical philosophy going forward, but also to create a culture of winning at a club so desperately bereft of just that in recent years.