Norwich v Arsenal Odds : Gunners look too big price to miss at Carrow Road

Norwich City will be hoping to savour the long overdue taste of victory on Saturday evening when they host Arsenal at Carrow Road.

The Canaries haven’t won a Premier League game since the last day of last season, when they ironically defeated Aston Villa who would later go on to prize away their manager, and have only managed to claim three points from their opening seven games this time out.

Such a poor run of results will evoke painful memories for City fans who had to wait until late November for a first win in their 2004/05 Premier League campaign under Nigel Worthington, and they will be desperate to avoid history repeating itself again.

The loss of Paul Lambert was always going to be hard to take for a Norwich squad that had enjoyed almost constant success under his stewardship, but many pundits and fans alike believed that the club secured a shrewd replacement in the shape of Chris Hughton.

So far, things haven’t quite gone according to plan for the likeable 53-year-old but he will know that a win here would do wonders for the Canaries confidence and could prove to be a catalyst for an upturn in fortunes.

Most worrying for Hughton will be the fact that the goals have been coming thick and fast in the goals against column in recent weeks, with the Canaries shipping nine in their previous two matches against Liverpool and Chelsea.

A convincing Arsenal win does look to be on the cards, as bookmakers make Norwich 5/1 to pick up the vital three points.

However, few would argue against the suggestion that Norwich are really going to be up against it to record their first win against the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger’s men enjoying a superb run of form lately.

Lukas Podolski and Santi Carzorla have proved to be more than adequate replacements for the departed Alex Song and Robin Van Persie, and there seems to be a real togetherness about Arsenal this year.

The Gunners have just a solitary loss to their name, a home defeat to the early leaders Chelsea, but will perhaps be slightly disappointed to have drawn so many games.

Having said that, the manner in which they dismantled a good West Ham United side at Upton Park last time out just goes to show the sort of confidence that the North London side are playing with of late and they will expect to extend their run at Carrow Road.

The bookmakers seem to think so, and the 4/7 on the Arsenal win is certainly picking up plenty of interest from punters.

This is a game that both sides will be desperate to win, all be it for very different reasons, which should make for great entertainment in Norfolk.