2021-22 Premier League: Week Four – Arsenal vs Norwich City

Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium in an early relegation six-pointer showdown.

Both teams enter this match locked on zero points and a -9 goal difference and will remain bottom even with a draw unless Wolves lose elsewhere.

Victory however could lift the winners out of the relegation zone and as high as 13th.

 

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Granit Xhaka is ruled out for Arsenal after testing positive for Coronavirus whilst on international duty for Switzerland, although he was set to miss this match anyway through suspension after his red card against Manchester City a fortnight ago.

Mohamed Elneny (hamstring) is ruled out but Ben White and Nicholas Pepe are set to return after missing the clash at Man City through illness.

Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah (both ankle) are also set to be in contention along with Emile Smith Rowe, following the youngster’s early release from England U21s squad due to illness.

Norwich could welcome Christos Tzolis back after he recovered from a calf issue and joined up with Greece during the international break.

Bali Mumba (knee) and Przemyslaw Placheta (illness) are also set to feature after missing the clash against Leicester, but Sam Byram (thigh) remains ruled out.

Ozan Kabak could make his debut after joining on loan from Schalke just before the transfer window shut.

 

Stat Attack

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last seven league matches against Norwich (W5, D2).
  • Norwich are winless in their last eight league trips to Arsenal (D2, L6), of which four of those six losses came at Arsenal’s current home ground – Emirates Stadium.
  • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in two appearances against Norwich.
  • Daniel Farke’s Canaries haven’t lost four consecutive league matches since a ten match run at end of 2019-20 season, in which they suffered relegation.
  • Arsenal are sat bottom of the Premier League for the first time since the opening weekend of 2015-16 season.

 

Prediction

After a shambolic opening three matches and a demotivating heartless performance last time out at Man City, Arsenal really need to deliver a strong performance against serious relegation contenders – Norwich, otherwise Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are definite relegation battlers themselves.

Norwich however do have a physiological advantage of having scored their first league goal last time out unlike Arsenal, so will definitely be up for this early six-pointer but must be disciplined and solid defensively if they’re to stand any chance at their bogey ground.

On that note, this certainly will be a huge test for Arsenal as to where they currently stand because they really shouldn’t be in this position, whereas Norwich have nothing to lose as underdogs so can go for it here as long as they defend well with Kabak set to add extra quality at the back.

I however am going for a home win because Arsenal should have enough in them to find a win with superior quality amongst their players, otherwise they are in deep trouble beyond just poor management from Arteta.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Norwich

Result: Arsenal 1-0 Norwich

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