When the Gunners face the Canaries, they will attempt to turn around a poor start to the season.
Arsenal is now 20th in the Premier League standings after three games. Today, they face Norwich City, who are currently in 19th place.
Today’s encounter at the Emirates Stadium seems to be the turning point in the Gunners’ the poorest start in 67 years.
Arsenal would need to score a goal to achieve this. Call me a risk-taker, but I believe they’ll find the back end of the net today. Three points are a necessity, and I believe Arsenal will get them.
Norwich has had a difficult start to the season as well. They’ve lost to Liverpool 3-0, Manchester City 5-0, and Leicester City 2-1. By virtue of having scored a goal, they are in 19th place, ahead of Arsenal in 20th.
However, I believe the Canaries will struggle to score this season after losing Emi Buendia to Aston Villa in the summer. They spent the money to (hopefully) improve a few positions on the squad, but they didn’t replace his star power or offensive contributions. When it comes to replacing a top player, I’m wary about choosing quantity above quality.
The plot for Arsenal is straightforward. With COVID, injuries, and two very difficult games against the two teams most likely to compete for the Premier League championship this year, Chelsea and Manchester City, they’ve had a bad start to the season.
The international break could not have arrived at a more convenient moment. It has allowed Mikel Arteta’s men to get healthy, sort out the kinks, and integrate new players into the lineup.
When it comes to new players, Takehiro Tomiyasu’s work visa took a long time to arrive, limiting him to just two training sessions with his new colleagues. He has his permission and he is eligible for selection today, but I’m not sure whether Arteta will choose him for the starting lineup.
The Gunners’ sole player who has been ruled out is Mohamed Elneny.
On international duty, he injured his hamstring and he will be out for a few weeks. Emile Smith Rowe has been ruled out of today’s play after suffering from a non-COVID-related sickness. Following ankle injuries, Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah are both eligible for selection.
Gabriel Magalhaes’ knee is in excellent shape, and I anticipate seeing him in the middle of the defense with Ben White, who has recovered from COVID. Today is the first of Granit Xhaka’s three-match red card ban.
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Sambi, Maitland -Niles, Pépé, Saka, Aubameyang, degaard Norwich City — a football club based in Norwich –: Krul, Williams, Omobamidele, Hanley, Aarons, Rupp, McLean, Krul, Williams, Omobamidele, Hanley, Aarons, Rupp, McLean, Krul, Williams, Omobamide Tzolis, Lees-Melou, Dowell, and Pukki