One bookmaker has already paid out on Arsenal to win the Premier League – with one supporter taking home a cool £14,000.
The Gunners began the season as 28/1 outsiders to lift their first Premier League title since 2004. However, Mikel Arteta’s side moved five points clear at the top of the after their dramatic 3-2 home victory over Manchester United.
The season may have only just passed the halfway point, but many are already crowning the north Londoners as champions. More importantly, one betting firm has sensationally already decided to pay out winnings to fans who backed the Gunners to win the league, including one fan who has managed to pocket £14,000.
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“We’re calling it early – Arsenal are this season’s Premier League Champions,” head of sportsbook marketing for Stake.com said. “We’ve seen enough of the Gunners to make the decision to pay out on all bets for them to be crowned champions, so fans who had the faith at the start of term won’t have to wait any longer to be paid out.
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“Despite starting the season as the fifth most likely side to lift the title, they’ve stormed to the top of the table in style and we don’t see City, Manchester United or any other rival catching them, meaning we’ll hand over thousands in early payouts so the red side of North London can get the title party started early.”
One person who certainly does not believe the title race is over if Gunners’ boss Arteta. Despite the fact he also celebrated like a mad man on the touchline, he is not letting his side take their foot off the gas.
“I hope it does, not that they are champions, but that they are good enough to play against these teams and perform the way we've done,” Arteta said in his press conference after the match against Manchester United. “At the same time, don't get confused.
“We talked about that in the last two or three days, that we know our reality. We still know how much we have to improve and we know what has taken us to the position that we are in today and we have to reinforce that every single day.”
Arsenal still have to play second placed Manchester City home and away in the Premier League. They also have the opportunity to strike a huge psychological blow against Pep Guardiola’s side, when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face the visitors in the FA Cup fourth round.
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