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Arsenal To Fight For EPL Slot

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Posted: Apr 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


A few minutes of action from a fit-again Jack Wilshere was probably the highlight for Arsenal fans in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland. It once again failed to take one or more of a myriad of chances and this time found Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone in sparkling form as he kept the visitors at bay. The game could actually have ended worse for Arsene Wenger truth be told as Sunderland had opportunities to snatch all three points too as the quest for them now is to ensure they are not going to let Champions League football next season slip from their grasp as well. Back-to-back victories for the Canaries after a lengthy winless spell seemed to have them on the front foot but defeats at Crystal Palace and at home to Sunderland have seen them slip back into the relegation places. An early scuffle on the touchline in the latter game involving players and management highlighted the tension as Norwich had their moments but were ultimately swept aside by the Black Cats as the experience of manager Sam Allardyce in the situation proved to be a big difference. There has to be a worry that Alex Neil could find it all a bit too much but he does have an advantage in as much as the atmosphere currently at the Emirates is not exactly positive towards Wenger and the home side and that could be an area to exploit. The obvious problem is that Norwich have lost 10 out of their last 12 games on the road and although the home crowd will be ready to pounce on any reason to give their team a rough time, it is difficult to see any sort of turn-up taking place. There is a chance that Timm Klose could be back to importantly help the Norwich defence but keeping out an in-form Alexis Sanchez in particular for 90+ minutes could be a bridge too far. This is not a game to bet on for me but the hosts should do enough to turn possession into goals and three points.