Football By Joe Crilly

Tough night for bookmakers topped off by Barca winning

Barcelona's victory over Arsenal was the cherry on top of a rather bitter cake for bookmakers after the top seven best backed sides on Tuesday night all came in for punters. 

  Burnley, Birmingham and Preston were the top three best backed with Barca fourth. 

  "We have taken a battering much like Arsenal have in their hopes of qualifying for the quarter final of the Champions League," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.   

Arsenal are 14/1 to make it through to the last eight of the competition following defeat. 

  Arsenal Wenger is 11/4 to have left Arsenal (as manager) by the start of next season. 

"The defeat to Barca showed just how far Arsenal are behind Europe's elite and they may need a change in order to bridge the gap," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. 

To qualify: 1/66 Barcelona; 14/1 Arsenal

  Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal before the start of next season: 1/4 no; 11/4 yes