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Arsenal late show boosts Champions League hopes

| 13.04.2013

Arsenal are firmly in the driving seat for Champions League qualification after a dramatic 3-1 victory over Norwich at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners boosted their hopes of a 16th consecutive season in Europe’s premier club competition with a late turnaround against the Canaries.

Norwich, who were as big as 14-1 to win in north London, left the Arsenal faithful stunned when Michael Turner headed home a Robert Snodgrass free-kick.

But in the final seven minutes Arsene Wenger’s side scored three quick-fire goals to move above London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham into third place in the Premier League.

Few would have predicted the resurgence in form when they were beaten 2-1 by rivals Tottenham back in March, but a run five straight victories has seen the Gunners shorten to 2/9 to seal their place in next season’s Champions League.

Chelsea are 2/7 to join them, while Spurs are 5/4 to rejoin Europe’s elite. Everton and Liverpool are outsiders to gatecrash the London Champions League qualification party at 11/1 and 80/1 respectively.

But Arsenal, who were at one stage seven points adrift of fourth place, now have the opportunity to cement their place in the top four when they host Everton at the Emirates on Tuesday.

Wenger’s side are on an excellent run of form, winning six out of their last seven Premier League matches. Victory over the in-form Toffees would see them move four points clear of both Chelsea and Spurs in the race for third.

With both the Blues and Spurs facing tricky run-ins to the season few would back against the Gunners romping home to a 16th straight year at the top table of European football.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Oliver Yew