2021-22 Premier League: Week 19 – Norwich vs Arsenal

Norwich City look to boost their survival hopes as Dean Smith Canaries host Arsenal in a tricky Boxing Day clash at Carrow Road.

With Burnley’s home tie against Everton postponed, victory would lift Norwich up to 18th in the table.

Arsenal meanwhile can open a seven-point gap over fifth-placed with a win if the Hammers lose elsewhere to Southampton.

 

Team News

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Ozan Kabak is set to be available for Norwich after recovering from a knock suffered in their defeat against Aston Villa in the Canaries’ last outing.

Christos Tzolis, Lukas Rupp, Josh Sargent and Pierre Lees-Melou (all Coronavirus) are also set to be in contention for selection.

Grant Hanley (shoulder), Andrew Omobamidele (back), Christoph Zimmerman (ankle), Milot Rashica (groin) and Mathias Normann (pelvis) remain absent.

Arsenal could welcome Ainsley Maitland-Niles back after he missed recent matches through illness.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (knock) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (person) are doubts but Sead Kolasinac (ankle), Calum Chambers, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Pablo Mari (all Coronavirus) remains absent.

 

Stat Attack

  • Norwich are winless in their last eight league meetings against Arsenal (D2, L6).
  • Arsenal have won just one of their last four trips to Carrow Road (W1, D2, L1).
  • Norwich lost their only previous Boxing Day clash against Arsenal 2-0 at the Gunners’ old home venue – Highbury in 1972 in the Old First Division.
  • No Norwich player this season have made more touches on the ball than Max Aarons, who has touched the ball 1,073 times in 17 league appearances.
  • Nuno Tavares has been utilised as a substitute in seven of his 13 league appearances for Arsenal this season.

 

Prediction

Having not played for nearly two weeks, it will be interesting to see how Norwich adapt because their defence did show positive progress, yet they just lacked the finishing touch in attack which is something that they will definitely need here if to get a result.

Arsenal meanwhile have finally found their stride with four consecutive wins in all competitions through a high energy to their play, yet defensive focus is still their weak point which was evident in their last two matches despite fielding two different line-ups.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners though are coming into this match with great momentum and unless Norwich deliver a jaw-dropping performance, this should end with just one result despite Arsenal’s weak record away at Carrow Road.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Arsenal

Result: Norwich 0-5 Arsenal

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