Arsenal fought bravely but fell just short as they aimed to conquer the mountain that was a four goal deficit against AC Milan. Before the game, William Hill punters piled into Arsenal to win the match (23/20), to qualify (20/1) and to win 5-0 (125/1), all amounting to liabilities of well over £1 million.
As Van Persies penalty hit the back of the net, I have to say we were torn, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly. It would have been fantastic to have witnessed such an epic comeback, but at the same time, we would have been on the receiving end of a seven figure walloping.
Hills think that Arsene Wengers side showed such guts to get back to 4-3 and Hills think that they could well ride the crest of such a good performance, offering 8/15 that they finish in the top four of the Premier League, to continue their rich tradition in the Champions League. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain ran himself to a standstill during the game and William Hill are offering 5/4 that he makes it into the England squad for the European Championships.
Progression in the Champions League would have been the only thing to keep alive Arsenals hopes of ending their six year drought without a trophy, but Hills think that they could make up for that, offering 2/1 that they win at least one piece of silverware next season.
For the first time, Robin van Persie has moved to odds on (8/11) that he is no longer at Arsenal on the first day of next season (he is even money to still be there).
Wenger 1st day of next season: 2/5 yes 7/4 no
Van Persie 1st day of next season: EVES yes 8/11 No
Arsenal to win a trophy in 2012/13: 2/1
(Only Prem, FA Cup, Carling Cup, Champions League/Europa League count)
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to make the England Euro 2012 squad: 4/7 no; 5/4 yes
CHELSEA FA CUP
Chelsea eased through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup despite a tricky first half under Roberto Di Matteo and William Hill make them 11/4 to win the cup behind 5/2 joint favourites Liverpool and Tottenham. Fernando Torres endured yet another tricky match and Hills make him 11/8 to have left the club before the start of next season.
FA Cup Outright:
EW 1/3 1-2
Chelsea FA Cup stage of elimination:
Quarter final 4/1
Semi Final 11/8
Runner Up 10/3
Di Matteo Chelsea manager for the last premier league game of the season: 1/50 yes 12/1 no
Torres a Chelsea player on the 1st day of the next premier league season: 8/15 Yes 11/8 No
Premier League top four: 1/16 Spurs; 8/15 Arsenal; 13/8 Chelsea; 5/1 Liverpool; 12/1 BAR
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