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Wenger fancied to bid European farewell to Arsenal in Germany

| 13.03.2013

Arsenal head to Bayern Munich aiming to overturn a 3-1 aggregate deficit to advance to the Champions League quarter-final, and they are 16/1 to qualify by any means.

The task they face to progress is monumental however, considering Bayern’s blistering form across all competitions this season, and the impressive nature of their success at the Emirates in the first leg of this clash.

And with the Gunners certainly not guaranteed a top-four Premier League berth, Ladbrokes go odds-on that this game represents Arsene Wenger’s last in charge of Arsenal in the Champions League.

It is 4/6 that Wenger fails to lead the side out in Europe’s elite competition after the trip to Germany, a price understandable in light of the hosts’ 1/100 favouritism to progress.

And Ladbrokes are offering the chance to bet on his replacement at the Emirates too, with David Moyes 4/1 favourite.

Although his lack of European experience would be a negative, the sterling job Moyes has performed at the helm of Everton goes some way to making him an appealing candidate for any potential Gunners vacancy.

If he was to take the Emirates reins though, Moyes would be burdened with the task of ending a trophy drought spanning nine years, and his failure to land any silverware with the Toffees would too go against his chances of claiming the post.

13/8 is the price that Arsenal do win a trophy next term, regardless of who is in charge of the club, whilst it is odds-on at 1/2 that their silverware drought continues.

Perhaps the Gunners would have a better chance of a tilt at a domestic cup were they not to participate in Europe’s premier competition next term, but it remains to be seen who would lead the club in such ventures.

If Wenger fails to steer Arsenal to a top-four finish for the first time in his 17-year tenure, 4/6 looks a fair price that he has taken charge of the Gunners in Europe for the final time.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee