Arsenal’s top-four ambitions are hanging by a thread with a resurgent Man Utd coming up behind them and a trip to the Etihad still to come. It’s been some collapse from the Gunners, from title favourites just a couple of months ago to where they are now, but with a home game against Villa on the final day a win here will set them up pretty well. However, that is far from guaranteed given the dropped points against Sunderland, Palace and Swansea in a run of just five wins in 15 games.
The mood at the Emirates is certainly not a positive one, with three wins in the last seven games here, amid growing frustration. The good news is that only Newcastle and Villa have been worse travellers than Norwich this season and the Canaries have lost 11 of their last 13 on the road while scoring just twice in the last eight. The Gunners have scored at least twice in all of their last 12 home games against promoted teams, winning the last 11 with nine victories by more than one goal, as they’ve been reliable flat-track bullies.
Norwich are back in the bottom three after getting turned over by Sunderland in their last game and their lack of goals makes it hard to see them getting back out of there. However, they’ve conceded just three times in their last four away matches, all of which they’ve kept goalless until half-time, and frustrating the Gunners will surely be their best bet for getting something out of this match.
Arsenal’s forwards are hardly in prolific form either and the blank at Sunderland was the eighth time they’ve failed to score this season – not since 2005/06 have they suffered more shut-outs. The defence has had to bail them out as a result and six of their last seven wins have come to nil. Furthermore, they’ve won half their last 16 home games against bottom-six sides to nil and six of those were either 1-0 or 2-0 scores. At odds-against the Arsenal win to nil looks the way to go against this goal-shy Norwich side but we also fancy a side bet on the 2-0 correct score at 7.5, which has been the exact score in five of their last nine victories.
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