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Betting news on Wenger, Hatton and the St. Leger

by Aidan Elder | September 13, 2012

Football

Despite having a trophy cabinet as empty as Michael Barrymore’s diary, Arsenal look set to keep Arsene Wenger at the club for a few years to come. The Frenchman’s contract expires in 2014, but Gunners’ chief executive Ivan Gazidis plans to offer him an extension well beyond that.

“It’s not a sense of sentimentalism, not a reward for our services, it’s a belief that we have an incredible manager who loves this club and is the best man to lead us forward,” said Gazidis about the sentimentalism and reward. Arsenal are 12/1 to win the Premier League this season and are heavily fancied to beat Southampton this Saturday.

- It’s a miracle! Andy Carroll will return from injury next week after those pain in the ass international matches are out of the way recovering miraculously fast from what was described as a moderately serious injury likely to rule him out for several weeks. The Hammers travel to Norwich for Saturday’s early kick off, where they’re 21/10 to win.

- In other injury comeback news, Sergio Aguero isn’t as crippled as he was a couple of weeks ago and is back in training. The Argentine striker was injured in Manchester City’s game with Southampton. He’ll miss Saturday’s visit to Stoke, but could be in line for a return when begin their Champions League campaign against Real Madrid next Tuesday.

Boxing

The closest Ricky Hatton has been to a ring in the last couple of years is the donut section of his local Tesco, but the Mancunian is fitting fit. Speculation is growing that the Hitman will announce his return to the sport in a press conference on Friday with late November pencilled in as the date for a bout against someone who likes getting money for putting in an adequate, but not necessarily threatening amount of effort.

Tennis

Former world number one, Juan Carlos Ferrero has announced his intention to retire from tennis next month after the Valencia Open. The news will come as a huge shock to many tennis fans who assumed he had retired several years ago. Zing! That’s a bit harsh because the Spaniard won the French Open in 2003 and lost in the final of the US Open in the same year.

Racing

Camelot is pretty much the only show in town in the Racing Post this morning featuring an interview with his jockey, Joseph O’Brien and plenty of analysis of the 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner’s chances of winning the St. Leger. Interestingly, there are a few doubts expressed, mainly about the horses ability to step up to the one and three quarter mile trip. The Ballydoyle horse is 4/11 to complete the final leg of the Triple Crown at Doncaster on Saturday.

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