Just one clean sheet in Arsenal’s last seven outings suggests the impregnable defence of their cucumber-cool late run to the Champions League places in 2012/13 may be long gone, but they’re still well worth backing at 19/20 to win to nil against Norwich.
Arsene Wenger’s students are 1/4 to gain success by any means, with their visitors an ice cube in Barbados’ chance at 21/2 and a stalemate backable at odds of 9/2.
A solitary Stoke strike is the only goal Arsenal have shipped in their last four home games.
Any perceived return to more generously-spirited defending has for the most part been limited to games away from the politely rippling sea of applause that is the Emirates.
Even away from the ranch the north London side have yet to allow their rivals more than a single goal to succour the home support this term.
Norwich have managed just 17 goals in their last 22 Premier League games away from Carrow Road.
Chris Hughton’s sickly travellers are the kid nobody wants to sit next to on the school trip, scoring just 16 times last term and losing 10 of their 19 away games.
Their mealy-mouthed strikefarce were denied a goal on eight occasions during that miserable epoch, with seven of their road tally notched in two crazy games at Swansea and Manchester City.
If those two sordid affairs were stricken from the ledger then the East Anglians wouldn’t have scored more than once away in 2012/13.
The Canaries average just 2.7 shots on target in away league outings this season.
Despite bolstering his attack with the signings of Gary Hooper, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander, Hughton’s side seem to have become less adventurous travellers this season.
Away shots on target are down significantly from a mean of 3.4 every outing last term.
As a result it’s little surprise to see them with just one goal to show for their three top-flight away-days in 2013/14 and that a trickly Jonny Howson effort that won’t be making any Asmir Begovic highlight reels.