The most exciting fixture of the 2018-2019 Premier League season when the fixture list was released, Arsenal hosting Manchester City was not the competitive match that many were hoping it would be. City brushed aside the Gunners in a routine 2-0 win that didn't feel quite that close for large portions of the match. The match served as a good reminder that the Unai Emery era at Arsenal will take longer than some had hoped to truly get off and running.
A supporter base like that of Arsenal is an interesting one. They haven't had the highest levels of success over the last couple of decades, but their history has made them into a group that has expected the best from the club no matter what. Even club legend Tony Adams has expressed his disappointment with the club after their opening match against the historic City side.
But a match like the one against City should serve as a helpful reality check and a reminder that the team will take a while to take on the identity of Emery and get to the heights that they hope to reach. After all, they took on a City team who are the only one in the history of the Premier League to rack up 100 points in a season. Acting surprised that Arsenal in a transitional period were not able to keep up with one of the great all-time teams in English football seems foolish.
And the same patient approach should be taken when it comes to Premiership betting as well. Arsenal are often favoured to win matches on a regular basis because of a number of factors, their often-superior quality being one of them. But the Gunners are often favoured because of their stature and their history in addition to their frequent quality advantages. During a period of time where they are trying to take on an entirely new identity, they perhaps shouldn't be favoured as often as they will be early on.
As a result, it could be smart to take a step back and just observe the way that Arsenal play during the early portion of the year. Evaluating a team's strengths and weaknesses is smart when betting no matter who they are, but especially in cases where the team is undergoing a transformation of some sort. Finding out what the new Arsenal do well and don't do quite as well could help open up huge advantages with football wagers throughout the course of the 2018-2019 season.
But for the rest of the season, supporters of Arsenal should be able to get over their initial disappointment with the team and understand that they should rather the team get better slowly than experience immediate success. This will allow them to see where they need to get better, rather than assuming everything is fine from the start. With such a difficult first two fixtures, playing against City and Chelsea one after the other, a realistic approach will be important for everyone involved.