By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 1st March 2019
Arsenal have crept to within four points of Tottenham after five wins in their last six Premier League games, but there’s more than one reason to suspect the Lilywhites are about to halt their progress.
Spurs are 21/20 favourites to shoot down the Gunners at Wembley in our weekend Golden Goal game, so if you back them in the match betting and they score first, William Hill pay you out as a winner up to £50 in cash, even if they fail to win.
The same goes for Arsenal backers of course, but backing the visitors doesn’t seem the wisest course of action. Scroll down for the rationale.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, Arsenal remain ropey on the road
Regular news.williamhill.com readers will know by now just how mediocre the Gunners have been away from the Emirates over the past two seasons.
Their recent 2-1 win at Huddersfield saw them overhaul their Premier League road points total for the entirety of 2017/18, but remains only the second victory gleaned from their last nine away days.
League One Blackpool were the other side they got the better of during that spell and, more telling still, 12th-placed Bournemouth are the highest-ranking top-flight opposition they’ve beaten in their backyards all season long.
If a timely reminder of what travelling does to their focus and determination were needed, the 1-0 loss against Belarusian bosses BATE Borisov in the Europa League is surely it.
Travelling to Tottenham has proven a thankless task in recent seasons
Arsenal’s inability to beat Spurs away has pre-dated their more general away malaise, with Mauricio Pochettino yet to taste defeat to the enemy in his four home Premier League derbies to date.
The Lilywhites have won five of their last seven divisional north London derbies in front of their own partisans, with Harry Kane the ringleader of the Gunners’ tormentors.
Kane, two games into his return from injury, has struck eight goals in as many top-flight tussles with the men from the Emirates – he’s priced up at odds of 9/4 (enhanced from 15/8) to score in a Tottenham victory.
In any case, away wins in Premier League north London derbies are rare
Rarer than steak tartare. The visiting side have prevailed in just one of the last 16 league encounters.