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P.J. Murray 13th Aug 2011 - 19:16

Red Mist On The Tyne Hampers Arsenal’s Chance To Steal A March

Newcastle and Arsenal shared the spoils on the opening day of the season and Arsenal have been pushed out to 12/1 to win the Premier League with William Hill.

In a fiery affair, there was one red card for Arsenal and could have been another with Joey Barton involved in both incidents. Hills offer 6/5 that Arsenal receive between one and three red cards this season and 7/4 that they get four or five. Joey Barton on the other hand is odds on, at 4/6 to receive no red cards this season and is 5/6 to still be at Newcastle at the end of the summer transfer window and 5/6 that he is not. An uninspiring draw will not have improved Arsenal fan's dim view on Arsene Wenger's transfer policy and he is 5/2 to have left his job by the final day of this season.

"Arsene's men lost their heads once again at St James' Park and came away with a draw," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly. "While not a disastrous result, the craft of Fabregas and Nasri was sorely missed and Wenger may have to splash the cash quite soon."

Elsewhere, Liverpool's odds of 10/1 were eased to 12/1 following a home draw against Sunderland.

Joey Barton Red Cards In The Premier League: 4/6 none; 5/2 one; 3/1 two or more

Arsenal red cards in the Premier League: 6/5 one - three; 7/4 four - five; 9/4 six or more

Joey Barton to still be at Newcastle come the end of the transfer window: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no

Arsene Wenger to still be Arsenal boss come the last day of the season: 2/7 yes; 5/2 no

Premier League Outright: 11/8 Manchester United; 5/2 Chelsea; 4/1 Manchester City; 12/1 Arsenal; 12/1 Liverpool; 50/1 BAR


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