Preview: Arsenal vs Norwich City – prediction, team news, lineups
The Emirates Stadium hosts the final game of the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, as Arsenal faces another pointless team in Norwich City.
The Gunners were shattered by champion Manchester City before the international break, while Norwich suffered a 2-1 loss to Leicester City.
Many feared that Mikel Arteta’s return to the Etihad would be painful after back-to-back losses to Brentford and Chelsea, and those concerns proved correct on a day when everything that could go wrong went wrong for Arsenal.
The Gunners were forced to play most of the game with 10 men following the expulsion of Granit Xhaka, although Ferran Torres and Ilkay Gundogan had already put City 2-0 up at that point, with the former scoring again after more. goals from Rodri and Gabriel. Jesus in a Pep Guardiola masterclass.
With his work under increasing scrutiny, it is believed that Arteta still retains the faith of those above, despite the fact that his team is at the bottom of the Premier League table with zero points and zero goals to his name. But the Gunners haven’t started the season with four losses since 1923-24.
A 6-0 EFL Cup win by a young West Bromwich Albion represents the only silver lining in Arsenal’s season so far, and they can only boast two wins in their last six league matches in the Emirates, where 60,000 fans are. growing even more. frustrated for the week.
If Arsenal can’t find the back of the net this weekend, it will be the first time they have recorded zero goals in their first four games of a league season, but Norwich isn’t exactly known for any form of defensive determination, either.
Coincidentally, Norwich’s highlight of the 2021-22 season thus far has also been a 6-0 EFL Cup win, with the Canaries beating Bournemouth with complete ease amid their difficult start to life at the big time.
Also the victim of a 5-0 win against Man City, Norwich would open its account for the season against Leicester thanks to a penalty from Teemu Pukki, but Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton scored on both sides of the Scandinavian penalty to take all three points to Carrow’s house. Road.
To be fair, Daniel Farke’s team was never expected to produce surprises against Liverpool, City or Leicester in August, but that season opener hasn’t done wonders for the Canaries’ morale as they rank 19th in the table.
The loss to the Foxes extended Norwich’s losing streak in the Premier League to 13 matches since the victory over Brendan Rodgers’ men in February 2020, and since 2012 the Canaries did not prevail in a Premier League match in London, winning Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.
Arteta’s Arsenal managed a 4-0 win over Norwich when the teams last met at the Emirates in July 2020, and this week’s visitors have not scored a league win away from the Gunners since a win. 4-2 at Highbury in August 1992 – their first Premier League game.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Maitland-Niles, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Aubameyang
Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams; Gilmour, McLean, Lees-Melou; Cantwell, Pukki, Rashica