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Betting Update: Arsenal, Olympics, Brownlee, Hughes

by Sean Goff | August 7, 2012

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Evening update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport

Football

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks to have taken criticism of the club’s transfer policy to heart and another summer signing has pitched up at the Emirates.

Spanish international Santi Cazorla has joined from Malaga in a £16m deal and joins strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroudand. All three with the new-look squad at the North London’s club pre-season training camp in Germany.

Arsenal made a shocking start to their Premier League campaign last season and are 12/1 in Paddy Power’s online betting to win the 2012/13 title. Wenger or the Arsenal board seem to have learnt their lesson but supporters will worry that all this transfer activity may be funded by one of the Manchester clubs pursuit of Robin Van Persie.

Victor Moses looks set to do what his boss Roberto Martinez couldn’t and leave Wigan for a bigger club. The Nigerian international is wanted by Chelsea and Wigan are prepared to release him if the asking price of around £8m is met. If the Blues get their target it will push Blues boss Di Matteo’s transfer spend to £70m.  

Dave Whelan may use some of the Moses cash to lure Jermaine Pennant (29) away from Stoke City after Twitter was alive earlier this afternoon with his imminent departure. Pennant who made 18 appearances for Stole last season has denied the rumours but is under pressure after the Potters signed Michael Kightly from Wolves.

Olympics

Paddy Power have cut the odds on the Olympic Village running out of condoms to 6/1 from 20s after a picture of a  “bucket of unofficial Kangaroo condoms” were tweeted by Australian BMX  and mountain bike athlete Caroline Buchanan

Alastair and Johnny Brownlee claimed gold and bronze in the triathalon for Team GB to become the first British siblings to win medals at the Olympics since 1900.

The gruelling event took its toll on younger brother Johnny (22) who coallapsed after the line and delayed the medal ceremony for over an hour as he received medical attention.

Phillips Idowu (33) failed to qualify for the final of the men’s triple-jump after winning the silver medla four years ago in Beijing. Idowu who has been suffering from a trapped nerve insisted he would not retire despite the disappointment.

The Men’s 1500m final, High Jump final and the Women’s 100m hurdles final all take place tonight.

Racing

Richard Hughes was cut to 4/9 fav for the Flat Jockey’s title after riding a four-timer at Bath this afternoon. The Kildare man is now just three winners behind Ryan Moore (90-87).

Waspy (11-8 f), Dynastic (7-2), Griffin Point (13-8 f) and Cockney Fire (8-1) made up his acca but there was a sting in the tail as he was given a two-day ban by the stewards on August 21st and 25th as he chases his first jockeys’ title.

Tonight’s meeting are at Roscommon (5.45), Kempton (5.55) and Ripon (6.05).

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