Where the value lies in struggling Arsenal’s visit to Norwich


Arsenal clawed their way back into Champions League last-16 qualification contention with a 3-0 of Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates midweek, but back on the road against Norwich the Gunners’ domestic struggles are tipped to continue.

The North Londoners have failed to take advantage of recent slips from Premier League title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, losing at West Brom and drawing at home to Tottenham in their past two top-flight fixtures.

Arsene Wenger has now presided over three losses in four all-competition away games, which include a 5-1 walloping at Bayern Munich and a 3-0 Capital One Cup reverse against Sheffield Wednesday, despite fielding a decent team against the Championship outfit.

The Canaries won’t be easy pickings on their own patch, with Alex Neil’s men winning three of their past five matches at Carrow Road and going down just twice on home soil since the first day of the campaign.

Add in Arsenal’s dreadful injury problems – particularly in deep midfield, where top dog Francis Coquelin and understudy Mikel Arteta are missing – and the visitors look poor favourites at 8/13 with Ladbrokes.

Furthermore, it’s not certain that Alexis Sanchez, scorer of nine goals in his past 11 games for the Gunners, will start after picking up a knock in midweek.

With Arsenal in delicate shape and surely questioning themselves for going down to defeat at The Hawthornes, 5/4 about the double chance of Norwich winning or a draw looks the pick of the bets.

The bookies are rolling out their DOUBLE ODDS 1ST GOALSCORER offer for this live match, meaning you’ll get twice the quoted price if your pick bags the opener within the first 25 minutes.

Olivier Giroud has struck three times in his last five Arsenal matches, bagging two openers during that run, one of which came within the first half hour against the Baggies.

At 7/2, he looks the part for first goal now Alexis’ fitness is in question, but like at West Brom, don’t expect him to have the last word.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.