After another disappointing season, Arsenal’s one and only silver lining has been the opportunity to scoop Europe’s second greatest prize, as they move into the latter stages of the Europa League. They’ve become one of the key favourites to win this year’s Europa League trophy, but they face their greatest challenge from a fierce Chelsea side.
Some criticism heads in the direction of the Europa League due to it being technically inferior to the Champions League but there’s plenty of suspense and action in it, so it would be wrong to completely rule it out.
Chelsea current frontrunners
With odds of 15/8, Chelsea are favourites to win the Europa League, backed up by their 0-8 Aggregate pasting of Dynamo Kyiv. They’ve played ten games so far, scoring on average 2.5 goals a game and conceding just 0.4, which is a formidable set of statistics. Maurizio Sarri has been known for his organisation as boss of the West London outfit, but it’s been backed up by the form of Eden Hazard, who’s scored 16 goals over all competitions, contributing a further eleven assists in the process.
Other key players include Olivier Giroud, Alvaro Morata, Pedro, Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kante with there being further depth throughout the squad in practically every position. Even considering their strength, most punters are preferring Arsenal, with only 30% of people betting on the outright Europa League winner opting for the blues.
Arsenal are as capable as their London rivals
Over 40% of people voting for a specific Europa League winner outright are backing Arsenal. This says a lot about how much they’ve performed in the tournament, most impressively at home to Rennes, when the Gunners pulled of a 3-0 defeat of the French outfit. Arsenal currently entertains odds of 5/1 and they remain the third favourite even after the bookies saw so many people favouring them.
The players at Unai Emery disposal are arguably strong enough to make it all the way to the final and even win the tournament but an injury of inform of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would make things far harder for Arsenal. However, Unai Emery has a great record in the Europa League and will be hoping to continue success with this ever-improving arsenal team. Only time will tell how they are to perform as they face formidable Napoli in the Quarter-Finals.