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Antony Heath 19th Oct 2012 - 10:01

Gunners to shoot down off song Canaries

Norwich v Arsenal - Saturday 17:30 - live on ESPN

Arsenal are in action for Saturday's late kick off and head to Carrow Road looking to banish the demons of the 3-3 at the Emirates late last season, one which very nearly cost the Gunners Champions League football. The Gunners also needed a late comeback in this fixture last year to take three point but this should be plain sailing for Arsene Wenger's side.

Norwich (19/5) have had a terrible start to the season and have yet to record a win having picked up just 3 points, all from draws, from their 7 Premier League fixtures. The Canaries have shown some improvement of late in three tough fixtures and will hope to catch the Gunners cold after the international break. The plucky Canaries took the lead at Stamford Bridge before the break (Norwich First Goal 15/8) before ultimately slipping to the expected defeat (Arsenal to come from behind and win 6/1).

Norwich's have problems all over the field but their major one has been being able to defend, as shown by a Premier League worst goal difference of -12, if they do not put in a vastly improved performance at the back they could be on a the end of a hammering. Chris Hughton won't be panicking just yet and he has a practically full side to choose from after the international break gave influential Robert Snodgrass (12/1 First/Last, 5/1 Anytime) time to recover from an ankle injury. His manager will certainly be hoping he can give Grant Holt (8/1 First/Last, 11/4 Anytime) and Steve Morison (10/1 First/Last, 7/2 Anytime) the service they need, incidentally Morison scored in both fixtures last season.

The Gunners (4/7, Draw 16/5), aside from a blip against Chelsea, have been in solid form and have lost just once - and it's hard to see Norwich making that twice. Arsene Wenger appears to have unearthed another gem of a player in Santi Cazorla (6/1 First/Last, 7/4 Anytime) who is forming a very good partnership with Mikel Arteta (11/1 First/Last, 4/1 Anytime) in the engine room and the pair are helping create plenty of chances for the boys up front. Olivier Giroud (4/1 First/Last, Evs Anytime) found his scoring boots against West Ham and as he's a confidence player it would be no surprise to see him go on a scoring run.

Arsenal will be without Theo Walcott for certain however by all accounts Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna have progressed well and could be in contention for a spot on the bench or even a shock start. It shouldn't matter too much who starts as this should be a stroll in the park against the relegation favourites. Arsenal's form is in stark contrast to their Norfolk opponents and so look for a big victory 4-0 and 4-1 to Arsenal (both 18/1) appear to hold the most appeal. There isn't a great deal of value to be had backing Arsenal in 90 minutes but there is still some good bets to be had, Arsenal/Arsenal is 6/5, Arsenal -1 is 11/8, Arsenal to win to nil is 7/4 and Arsenal to win both halves is 12/5.

The last five Premier League games between these have yielded 25 goals (an average of 5 per game) and with the way Norwich have defended over 2.5 looks a safe bet at 8/15 (under 11/8). Arsenal showed some new resilience battling back against the Hammers and that should start to translate into some away victories where you would have expected them to drop points last season. Look for a big Arsenal victory in a high scoring match, the only positives that Norwich will be able to take from this is they play Villa next week! Plus don't miss our enhanced anytime wincasts - for this game we have Holt and Norwich at 8/1 (from 13/2) and also Spanish maestro Cazorla in an Arsenal win at 3/1 (from 12/5)

Best Bets:

Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals @ 21/20

Arsenal to score in both halves @ 23/20

Worth a punt:

Arsenal 4-0 @ 18/1

Olivier Giroud first goal @ 4/1

 

 
 
 

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