Arsenal fans of each of the world’s many creeds will have been invoking all the blessings their particular deities can bestow after seeing their beloved Mesut Ozil taken off injured during a typically masterful display for Germany against Sweden.
Luckily for those of a Goonerish persuasion the mishap in question is thought to be little more than a bruise to his princely knee.
Besides, even if the German maestro is absent, prospects of a clean sheet for Norwich (which pays a princely 7/1) when they visit the Emirates are poor for the following reasons and the Gunners can be backed to defy a -1 handicap at odds of 7/10.
The returning Santi Cazorla managed 10 key passes in two-and-a-half league games before his injury.
In those ill-remembered days before Ozil was a Gooner there was another diminutive playmaker at Arsenal by the name of Santiago.
A contribution of an average of 3.3 chance-creating passes per game before his injury is not a million miles from Ozil’s average of four and if as expected the Spaniard arrives back into the first team fray against the Canaries he can slide straight into the number ten position.
Arsenal managed ten goals in five games before Ozil’s arrival North London.
The former Real Madrid man may fit Arsenal like a bespoke Savile Row whistle but they were a high-functioning unit even way back when he was just a twinkle in Arsene Wenger’s eye.
An opening day defeat to Aston Villa was quickly cast from the mind on the back of four pre-Mesut victories (including a derby win over Spurs) in which they shipped but a single goal.
Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud have either scored or assisted 12 of Arsenal’s 14 league strikes.
If Arsenal have been a one-man-team at times this term it’s debatable which man that would be with both Ramsey and the Frenchman enjoying their best seasons to date in red shirts.