One win from their remaining pair of matches will guarantee Premier League survival for late-blooming West Brom and the Baggies are set to do it in style by claiming the spoils at the Emirates.
The odds for them to do so are understandably enormous given their obvious inferiority to the Gunners, as well as the form they find their hosts in, but the optimists looking to nail a 33/4 profit this bank holiday weekend may be encouraged by these faint rays of hope favouring the visitors.
Pepe Mel’s men were written off ahead of their 2010/11 trip to the red corner of north London, but they proved the doubters wrong that day.
The freshly-promoted Throstles prevailed 3-2 at the Gunners’ expense, a result the Emirates faithful would never have forecast pre-kick off.
Currently savouring their best form under Mel, the Baggies have only been bested once in their last five.
The run up to their alluded to Arsenal victory contained just a solitary loss too.
Manchester City have been the only outfit capable of stopping the on-song Black Country stable in recent weeks and there’s no shame in that.
The three-match winning wave Arsene Wenger’s men are surfing is the best they’ve mustered in 2014.
With the capital club has managing no more than a trio of triumphs at any point since the turn of the year the spoils will go elsewhere here if that sequence continues.
Two of Mel’s three wins at the Albion helm have come on the road.
Swansea and Norwich have both been slain on their own patch courtesy of the Spaniard’s tactical mastery.
With their Champions League spot secured, Arsenal’s relentlessness could well let up against a side scrapping for safety.
Everton’s home defeat to Manchester City means that the Gunners will finish fourth regardless of what they do in their final two matches and when their top-four spot has been nailed down in the past, they’ve occasionally slipped up against the minnows.
Shock losses to relegation-defying Wigan in the 2009/10 and 2011/12 vintages, the latter occurring at home, offer examples of late-season laziness.