Arsenal is back at the Emirates Stadium for the first time in nearly four months when they host relegation-threatened Norwich City in a Premier League clash this evening. Just before the lockdown they were on a run of three-straight league wins at home and will be eager to make it four.
Good day one all.
After an initial hiccup following the restart the Gunners bounced back with victories at Southampton and Sheffield United, the latter in the FA Cup, to give them a boost heading into this fixture.
Although we got the two wins, our general play lacked consistency and structure over the four matches. That said, our form on the road in recent seasons have always been cause for concern and Mikel Arteta will be the first to admit that there is still plenty of work to be done if we are to turn this around.
For now, it’s just a relief to be back at the Emirates where we are unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year. So if we can sustain that form and hopefully build on it for our travels, then we can still do enough to qualify for Europa through the league. Therefore, nothing short of a win will do today.
Norwich are also in must-win territory and if they don’t see an immediate change in fortunes they will be unable to avoid relegation.
Daniel Farke’s side have shown little signs of life. They come into this game on the back of three defeats since the restart; in those they’ve managed only three shots on target while taking 22 on their own goal. This may mean very little as we know teams on a poor run do tend to crank it up when playing against the Arsenal.
Be that as it may, the Canaries’ away form this season is just utter dire. In their 15 league games on the road they only got one win and three draws. At this point it look like all they got left to play for in the run-in is nothing but pride as they appear destined for a return to the Championship.
The home side have been hit hard with injuries in recent weeks, with David Luiz and Mesut Özil’s availability subject to late fitness tests.
In a bit more positive news, Cédric Soares have recovered from a broken nose and could finally make his long-awaited debut.
The Canaries could come out fighting but this looks like an ideal fixture for the Gunners to chalk up another win. COYG!