Arsenal vs Norwich City: Preview, Team News, Key Battles, Betting odds
Arsenal will face the struggling Norwich City at the Emirates and will desperately look to win this match as they are aiming a top four finish this year. Being too far from Leicester City and Tottenham, especially after a goalless draw with Sunderland. A win will surely boost their chances of finishing at the top 4 in the Premier League.
It is Arsene Wenger’s 750th Premier League game and the fans desperately want Arsenal to win this fixture, after getting out of the title race, anything less than a win tomorrow will surely increase the pressure on him.
Norwich are third from the bottom, having their worst run of form of this season that too at the worst time possible, being in the relegation zone. If go back in time and look at their 1-1 draw against the Gunners at Carrow Road earlier in the season, a small hope for the Norwich fans also arises.
In recent weeks, Arsenal’s injury issues have been resolved a bit, but still it looks like they will be without Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Norwich City this weekend both of them are not match fit.
Jack Wilshere’s six-minute comeback against Sunderland will not be enough to feature him in the starting eleven against Norwich, it can aggravate the chances of getting injured due to less match fitness and fatigue build up.
Olivier Giroud’s ongoing 14-match run without a single Premier League goal will be a matter of concern for Wenger, whether he will prefer Welbeck over him or he will pick the French striker, a tough choice this is.
Timm Klose and Andre Wisdom will be major absentees for Neil’s Norwich, due to knee ligament injuries, on the other hand, Alexander Tettey is also ruled out as he is having undergone an ankle surgery.
The loss against Sunderland could force the Canaries to bring in some changes to the side, with the likes of Nathan Redmond, Wes Hoolahan, and Cameron Jerome can be put to start for the team.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Ramsey, Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi; Welbeck
Norwich possible starting lineup:
Ruddy; Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, O’Neil, Hoolahan, Brady; Naismith; Mbokani
Key facts and stats:
Sir Alex Ferguson is the only Premier League manager who has managed more Premier League games than Arsene Wenger. Wenger will be managing his 750th Premier League game tomorrow.
Mesut Ozil’s eight consecutive Premier League appearances without any assist, is a matter of concern, especially when he has already assisted a record number of goals (18) this season.
Olivier Giroud’s 14 Premier League games without scoring, is a matter of concern for Wenger, it is his longest goal-drought in the Premier League.
Although Arsenal have failed to win a few Premier League matches this season but since 2004-05, it was their highest points tally.
Out of the last 12 meetings with the Canaries, Arsenal have won 8 matches and lost only 1. Norwich have won only once against the Gunners.
Prediction and Betting Odds:
Seeing both team’s form and players, a 2-0 win for Arsenal is quite possible. Arsenal are the 2/7 favourites, while Norwich 9/1 to get a defeat away the Emirates stadium.
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