Norwich City welcome a battered, bruised and manager-less Arsenal side on Sunday to Carrow Road. Unai Emery was sacked as Gunners boss on Friday, with former player Freddie Ljungberg taking charge of the team on a temporary basis.
The Gunners lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in the Europa League, with their last win in all competitions coming a month ago. While Norwich had a torrid run after their Manchester City win, last weekend’s win against Everton will fuel their hopes of pulling off another upset today.
Let’s take a closer look at this match between two struggling sides:
Norwich City vs Arsenal
Timm Klose, Grant Hanley and Josip Drmic are doubts for the game against Arsenal, while Alex Tettey is not in the squad for private reasons. But the Canaries could be boosted by the return of left-back Jamal Lewis, who has missed the last few games. Todd Cantwell has been deemed fit to play after suffering an injury in the win over Everton.
The Gunners have injury issues ahead of the Norwich game. Defenders Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz are all doubts for the game, while Dani Ceballos is ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
Norwich City vs Arsenal: Predicted Lineups
Tim Krul; Max Aarons, Christoph Zimmermann, Ben Godfrey, Jamal Lewis; Ibrahim Amadou, Tom Trybull; Onel Hernandez, Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell; Teemu Pukki
Bernd Leno; Héctor Bellerín, Rob Holding, Sokratis, Kieran Tierney; Lucas Torreira, Mattéo Guendouzi; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Bukayo Saka; Alexandre Lacazette
Norwich City vs Arsenal: Key Men
Teemu Pukki, Norwich’s leading goalscorer with 6 goals in the league this season, will be their key man for the game against the Gunners. He will be confident of adding to his tally, playing against a poor defence.
For the Gunners, it will be striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who will want to provide some inspiration to his struggling team against 18th-placed Norwich City as he has repeatedly done for a season and a half now.
Norwich City vs Arsenal: Predicted Result
Akin to a number of games already this season involving these two sides, we expect a fairly high-scoring encounter. Leaky defences with a penchant for going on the offensive, both Norwich and Arsenal are expected to try and outscore the opposition.
But it will be interesting to see whether there is any approach change from Arsenal giving the recent developments.
Norwich City 2-3 Arsenal