After an astonishing victory against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal, Arsenal will face Norwich City in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday afternoon.
Mikel Arteta shuffled his squad for the midweek clash and achieved a comfortable 5-1 victory. Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick, Nicolas Pepe and youngster Charlie Patino scored the other two goals to secure a ticket for the semi-final where they will encounter Liverpool.
Meanwhile, the bottom side Norwich City are going through a difficult spell as they are without a win in the last five games in the league. They are currently level at the bottom with Newcastle United with 10 points in 17 games. The Canaries are at the bottom in goal difference.
On the other hand, the Gunners are enjoying a great spell, following a disappointing start to the season. The North London club have won four games in a row ahead of this fixture and are four points clear in the fourth spot, having played one more game. They have accumulated 32 points in 18 games so far this season.
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Arsenal has won 10 of their last 14 games against Norwich in the Premier League. The Gunners opened their account in this campaign after beating the Canaries by 1-0 in the reverse fixture. And they have only managed league double twice previously against the Carrow Road club.
Norwich is the only side that has never won a Premier League game on Boxing Day as they have lost six out of seven. On the other hand, Arsenal has lost only two in the last 23 league fixtures in the Premier League.
Norwich City Premier League form: W-D-D-L-L-L
Arsenal form (all competitions): L-L-W-W-W-W
Summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu is in doubt coming into this fixture after being taken off at half-time against Leeds United. Meanwhile, Callum Chambers, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Pablo Mari will be out due to covid issues and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will also be sidelined for illness. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also likely to remain sidelined for this encounter.
Milot Rashica and defender Andrew Omobamidele will be out for Norwich due to injury issues. And after suffering the Covid-19 outbreak in the squad, the players have started to come back to training. Meanwhile, Grant Hanley and Ozan Kabak are in doubt about this encounter.
Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Sorensen, Gibson, Williams; Gilmour, Normann, McLean; Dowell, Pukki, Cantwell
Arsenal possible starting lineup(4-2-3-1):
Ramsdale; Soares, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette