Arsenal host relegation favourites, Norwich City, on Wednesday and with a lot to play for for both teams with Norwich languishing at the bottom of the table looking for a miraculous resurgence meanwhile Arsenal on the other hand looking for a last gasp sneak into the European places as they currently sit 10th on the table.
Arsenal will of course be outright favorites to take all three(3) points but nothing can be taken for granted as the Canaries have shown in the past that they can always put up a fight, especially now they need it the most.
Let us take a look at the various unavailable players for both teams with a number of players sidelined by either injuries or bookings going into the game
Calum Chambers has been a long term absentee while Cedric Soares is till yet to feature since arriving the Emirates. Bernd Leno will be sorely missed having sustained a Knee injury last week and the loss of Gabriel Martinelli for the remainder of the season is a big loss
- Norwich City
Timm Klose is currently serving a booking and would miss the match which would be a huge blow for Norwich. The absence of star midfielder, Todd Cantwell and right back Max Aarons does not also spell good news for Norwich.
PREDICTED STARTING XI
With Arteta having rotated the squad in the weekend, it is likely he goes back to a line up similar to that which featured away to Southampton FC in the last Premier League match.
Emiliano Martinez will deputize in place of the absent Bernd Leno
Kieran Tierney looks sure to start having put in some assured performances in the last few matches and Hector Bellerin will almost certainly return to the line up with Maitland-Niles having deputised for the Spanish defender in the FA Cup match against Sheffield United.
At Central defense, it is like Rob Holding will keep his place having out in a man of the match performance against Southampton and Skhodran Mustafi may be the man to partner him.
In midfield, Granite Xhaka looks certain to start with the Swiss midfielder proving a pivotal part of the Arsenal midfield and alongside him could be Dani Ceballos with the Spanish midfielder having also impressed in recent games.
Mikel Arteta has started Bukayo Saka as wide midfielder for two games now and that may very well still be the case here.
There is an household name here in the person of Aubameyang who will surely start. Nicolas Pepe is another player who will almost certainly start.
The third man though is where there’s a bit of uncertainty, with Arteta having selected English youngster Eddie Nketiah over Alexandre Lacazette in the last Premier League match.
Alexandre Lacazette started the FA Cup fixture vs Sheffield which perhaps signifies he will still be confined to substitute duties against Norwich in the Premier League.
- The Final Verdict: Predicted Starting XI
There you have it, our Pre-Match analysis and predicted XI ahead of the Norwich game.
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