THE ODDS on a first Premier League title for Arsenal since 2004 have been slashed after the opening weekend.
Mikel Arteta’s men were highly impressive as they despatched Fulham in the new season’s opening fixture.
Willian set up two as Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalhaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged in the 3-0 win.
It left the Gunners top of the pile, alongside Leicester, after the first handful of games in 2020/21.
Few expected Arsenal to challenge for the crown this season despite a busy summer of spending.
However they are threatening the tag of ‘dark horses’ – especially if star forward Aubameyang commits his future to the club.
Punters are yet to see title favourites Manchester City, as well as Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Blues face Brighton on Monday night before the Manchester duo get underway in a week’s time.
But champions Liverpool appeared vulnerable in squeezing past Leeds at Anfield and Tottenham were off the pace in losing to Everton.
Jose Mourinho slammed his players as “lazy” after Sunday’s 1-0 loss, leaving him at 5/4 to be sacked by Christmas.
Some may fancy Carlo Ancelotti’s men for their own run towards the top-four, while Leicester also started strongly with a cruise past West Brom.
Ladbrokes have cut Arsenal’s title odds from 33/1 to 25/1 in response to Saturday’s victory.
Spurs remain stuck at 50/1, with Manchester United (14/1) and Chelsea (9/1) unchanged ahead of their openers.
Despite strolling to last year’s title, Liverpool are second favourites, at 15/8, behind Pep Guardiola’s City.
The Citizens, who have so far added Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres to their squad this autumn, are rated at 4/5 before starting at Wolves on September 21.
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