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Arsenal vying to topple Chelsea in battle of the London clubs

| 02.08.2010

With Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all jostling at the top of the table, the new special market of Top London Club promises to be among the most keenly fought this season.

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea are the 1/3 favourites to finish higher than any of their capital city rivals.

Carlo Ancelotti has made few changes to his title-winning side, with former Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun the only senior signing.

Having seen Michael Ballack and Joe Cole leave, however, Chelsea may need to strengthen their squad if they are to retain their crown.

Arsenal have been impressive in their pre-season fixtures to date, and the Gunners are a tempting bet at 5/2 to be the top London club this term.

Marouane Chamakh, who joined Arsenal from Bordeaux, has been excellent in his handful of games for the club so far, and he is 25/1 to be the Premier League’s top scorer this season.

The Moroccan striker also seems to have formed a deadly understanding with Andrey Arshavin and teenager Jack Wilshere in the Arsenal attack.

Wilshere, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Bolton, has been touted to break into the England squad following a string of sparkling displays this summer.

Having finished fourth last season, Tottenham could be a dark horse at 10/1 to trump their London rivals.

Harry Redknapp has been conspicuous by his relevant absence in the transfer market this summer, though this continuity in the Spurs’ ranks could work to their advantage.

Who do you think will be the top London club this season? Fulham are priced at 100/1. See the full Barclays Premier League Betting Odds market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.