Arsenal will be looking for three points and nothing less this weekend when they host Norwich City at the Emirates stadium on Saturday lunch-time, as Bet365 report free bets on the game, and offer long odds on Paul Lambert’s side claiming victory.
It is the only Premier League game on Saturday, so all eyes will be on the Gunners with many expecting them to win the game relatively comfortably. They need to as well, with Tottenham, Newcastle and Chelsea all breathing down their necks in the race for 3rd place.
Finishing in the top four was the original aim of course, but now if Chelsea win the Champions League, fourth position in the Premier League will not be enough for a place in Europe’s elite club competition.
Therefore, the mission for Arsenal in the remaining two games of the campaign is simple – pick up six points and guarantee themselves 3rd position.
With a trip to West Brom to come after this home game with Norwich, Arsenal are expected to do just that, but not everything goes to plan for them these days. Who would have backed Wigan to win at the Emirates last month for example?
Arsene Wenger’s men have failed to win in their last three games too, so they are threatening to end the season poorly. After all the work they have done to climb above Tottenham again, they must ensure this isn’t the case.
As for Norwich, they are in a poor run of form themselves with three defeats in succession and just one win in their last six Premier League games. This victory did come at Tottenham though, so they have good memories of playing in North London.
With regards to their league position, they are now mathematically assured of their place in the Premier League next season. They sit 14th in the table, nine points ahead of the bottom three with two games remaining.
After such a famous season, Paul Lambert will be determined for at least one more win in their final two games. Regardless, they have had a great campaign, but it would be a shame if they ended it on a winless run.
When these two teams met at Carrow Road earlier this season, it ended in a 2-1 win for the Gunners and they are expected to complete the double this weekend.
This one gets underway at 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon.