Arsenal led the Premier League for over 48 hours after their 3-1 win at Sunderland last weekend and a few more results like that on the road should see odds of 15/2 about them winning the title this season mercilessly slashed.
The win over Paolo Di Canio’s Mackems was the north Londoners’ seventh away victory on the spin in the league – a run that stretches back to the 2-1 defeat at local rivals Spurs back in early March.
Arsene Wenger’s side only lost three other games away from the Emirates in the top flight in 2012/13 – against Man Utd, Chelsea and Norwich – and only the champions picked up more points on their travels during the campaign.
However, even United couldn’t compete with the Gunners’ defensive prowess as their miserly away goals-against tally of 14 was ten less than the Red Devils and five fewer than Man City’s, who were the second meanest road warriors in the division.
This season Arsenal have started to load up on goals too, rattling the onion bag six times in their two away games in the league so far.
A pair of ties on the continent this season have also yielded victories and goals aplenty, with the 3-0 win against Fenerbahce in the final Champions League qualifying round followed up by a 2-1 success in Marseille which brings Arsenal’s away winning run in all competitions up to a whopping ten games.
The importance of this will not be lost on shrewd bwin punters as Man Utd’s superior away win rate was hugely significant in ensuring the title returned to Old Trafford last May.
Although they finished last season a handsome nine points ahead of nearest challengers City the blue half of Manchester lost fewer games at home than the Red Devils and trailed their bitter rivals by just three points, based on games played at the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford.
Wenger will be hoping this is a good omen, but Arsenal need to steady the Emirates ship after scoring just two home league goals this season ahead of their clash with Stoke this weekend.
Arsenal are 17/50 to beat the Potters, with Mark Hughes’ side 31/4 for the win and the draw is priced up at 15/4.