Under-pressure Arsenal manager Unai Emery could face the prospect of the sack if his Gunners lose to newly-promoted, relegation-battlers Norwich on Sunday.
This is the worst form that Arsenal have been in for over 20 years. They’ve failed to win any of their last five Premier League games, and they’ve won just one of the last nine in all competitions - an unconvincing last-gasp 3-2 win over Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League.
Their misery continued on Thursday evening as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in a half-empty Emirates, which came hot on the heels of their poor 2-2 draw with Southampton last weekend, in which Alexandre Lacazette’s injury-time equaliser rescued them a point from a game that they performed abjectly in.
Given the mood at Arsenal at present, it might do them some good to play away from home this weekend. But their record on the road doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny; it’s no wins in the league, and one win in all competitions (eight games) since they edged past Newcastle 1-0 on the opening weekend. Only four Premier League teams have picked up fewer points on the road.
Norwich will have their tails up after beating Everton 2-0 away from home last week. But they’ll be happy to return to Carrow Road, where two of their total three wins have come this season (including a remarkable 3-2 victory over the champions Man City).
Star striker Teemu Pukki still hasn’t found the back of the net in his last eight appearances for the Canaries now, after starting the season with six goals in five games. But he looked dangerous last week and assisted one of the goals against Everton, and scored three goals in two games for Finland in the international break.
Given Arsenal’s dire form, we recommend backing Norwich to get something out of this game, and for Pukki to end his goal drought.
Teemu Pukki to score first and draw – 22/1 with bet365
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