Arsenal vs Norwich preview, team news, prediction, kick-off
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Last Updated: 01/07/20 8:01pm
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Arsenal vs Norwich in the Premier League on Wednesday (kick-off 6pm).
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Arsenal will assess a number of injuries ahead of their Premier League clash at home to bottom club Norwich.
David Luiz (knee) was injured in the FA Cup win at Sheffield United but could be fit, while Mesut Ozil (back) and Lucas Torreira (ankle) also face tests - as does Cedric Soares (nose) who will be pushing to make his debut.
Pablo Mari (ankle), Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers (all knee) are long-term absentees.
Struggling Norwich will give fitness tests to Lukas Rupp (hip), Max Aarons (calf) and Adam Idah (quad) ahead of the game at the Emirates Stadium.
Timm Klose (suspension) and Moritz Leitner (hernia) will be absent, but Todd Cantwell is fit to play following an abductor issue.
Defensive trio Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram (all hamstring) will miss the rest of the season.
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Arsenal have not solved their problems.
I was sitting on the edge of my seat in the FA Cup tie when they beat Sheffield United. The lack of rhythm and belief is staggering. Arsenal are eye-catching when they have rhythm, but those days are gone. It does not happen as regularly as it did. I spoke about copying Manchester City and the way they go about things, which I do think Mikel Arteta will do.
The midfield players got on the ball, Joe Willock was OK and gave options without the ball. Bukayo Saka is excellent wherever he plays, but I would like to see Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles play a bit more.
The full-backs used to hit the byline when we were good. Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy hit the byline and cut the ball back. Kieran Tierney is and can be like that. He has to learn defensively, but who doesn't need to do that at Arsenal? Hector Bellerin is not close to that any more, but Tierney is now a threat going forwards.
It is more promising, but there are still major problems in defence. With the back three, it is a no thank you to Sead Kolasinac playing in that. It is simply make-do with the David Luiz extension. Why? Is he good in the dressing room? So am I! I can come in and be a nice guy, and help the youngsters. You will not take away the bad vibes he has as a player. Not everyone can be sold, but the signs are more promising going forward.
Norwich are gone, and I think the Man Utd game was their last throw of the dice. To be beaten the way they were, they will be looking at each other, and they will not admit it, but they will know their time is up.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must be looking at this and thinking of showcasing what he has got, while potentially winning the Golden Boot again. He could be next in line, but I am expecting Arsenal to be comfortable in victory here.
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- Arsenal have only lost one of their eight Premier League home games against Norwich (W5 D2) - the defeat came on the first ever day of Premier League action on 15th August 1992, with the Canaries coming from behind to win 4-2 at Highbury.
- Norwich have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League meetings with Arsenal (31 goals conceded), with that coming in their only win against them in that time (1-0 in October 2012).
- This will be both Arsenal and Norwich's first ever competitive game played in the month of July.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 26 home Premier League games against promoted sides (W22 D4), since losing consecutive such matches against West Brom and Newcastle in 2010-11.
- Since a 2-1 win at Spurs in April 2012, Norwich are winless in 21 Premier League games in London (D6 L15), losing each of the last seven in a row.
- Arsenal have won as many Premier League games in 13 matches under Mikel Arteta (W5 D5 L3) as they did in 18 games under Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg this season (W5 D8 L5).
- Arsenal registered their 10th Premier League win of the season in their 2-0 win away at Southampton - it was the longest they'd had to wait for their 10th league win a season since 1975/76, when they also won their 10th game in their 31st match on their way to finishing 17th that season.
- Norwich are the only Premier League side yet to recover a single point from a losing position this season - no team in Premier League history has ever failed to gain a point from a losing position across a full campaign.
- Norwich have scored just one goal across their last seven Premier League matches (W1 D1 L5) despite attempting 71 shots with an expected goal ratio of 6.2. 14 of those shots have been from top scorer Teemu Pukki, who has failed to score with any.
- Against Southampton, Arsenal had two English scorers (Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock) in a Premier League game for the first time since August 2016 against Liverpool. It was the first time the Gunners had two English scorers aged 21 or younger in a league game since May 1989, when Michael Thomas and David Rocastle scored in a 5-0 win over Norwich.