Arsenal drift after shock defeat
Arsenal have drifted in the Premier League top four betting after an opening-day defeat to Aston Villa.
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The Gunners looked set to get their season off and running with a regulation victory when Olivier Giroud scored the opening goal, but things soon went awry.
The concession of two penalties combined with the dismissal of Laurent Koscielny saw Arsenal lose 3-1 and drift to 11/8 for a top-four finish with William Hill.
Ladbrokes, who eased Arsenal to 6/5, cut Arsene Wenger to 12/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his role while William Hill make him just 7/4 to leave before the end of the season.
"Wenger has reportedly had a £70m warchest of which he has spent exactly zero," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. "Unless he makes signings before the transfer window shuts, he is surely on borrowed time."
It was business as usual for both Robin van Persie and Manchester United as they got their season off to a winning start, 4-1 at Swansea.
Manchester United are quoted at 13/5 to lift the title again with bet365 but William Hill have trimmed van Persie from 7/2 to 2/1 to win the Golden Boot.
Coral are offering 13/2 for Manchester United to win the league and van Persie to be the league's top scorer.
"If Robin Van Persie can stay fit all season somebody is going to have to play out of their skin to stop the Dutchman from being the league's top scorer for a third season in a row," said Coral's Tim Reynolds.
Liverpool were considered one of the main benefactors having watched Arsenal drop points immediately after they'd opened up their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Stoke at Anfield.
It was a fast, fluent performance from Liverpool - although Simon Mignolet was still required to save a late penalty to ensure they gained maximum reward for their efforts - and one which saw them cut to 7/4 for a top-four finish.
Coral and William Hill eased Villa to 12/1 for relegation while Stoke are standout 3/1 chances with Ladbrokes, leaving them fourth favourites for the drop behind Cardiff at 8/5 (Boylesports), after they lost 2-0 at West Ham.
Sunderland were cut to a general 4/1 after a home defeat to Fulham while West Brom are no bigger than 7/1 after they lost to Southampton.