Wins for Newcastle and Tottenham on Wednesday night will not have been well received at the Emirates, with the Gunners knowing that a top three finish is the only way to guarantee Champions League football next term considering that Chelsea are in the Champions League final.
However, victory against Norwich would extend the gap over the Magpies and Spurs to four points and the bookmakers have Arsene Wenger’s team as overwhelming favourites to claim all three points.
Arsenal are a best price 1/4 (Paddy Power free bets) to be celebrating come the final whistle, although they will be without Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott for the match against the Canaries, something that will deprive them of attacking flair.
It is no surprise to see Robin van Persie being priced as strong favourite to score the opening goal of this contest, with the Dutchman returning to the scoresheet when equalising at the Britannia Stadium last weekend and he is a 5/2 chance (Paddy Power) to break the deadlock here.
Considering that Norwich come into this match off the back of some poor results, there will be many backing RVP to register a hat-trick and the best price about this happening is 12/1 although some firms go as short as 8/1.
As for Paul Lambert’s team, they have started to run out of steam as the season draws to a close although the hard work has been done when it comes to staying in the Premier League and they will look to collect a second win in north London after recently beating Spurs at White Hart Lane.
Norwich can be backed at 14/1 (Bet Victor bookmaker) to win this contest and perhaps an early goal for the visitors will give the home team and their fans the jitters.