Norwich City come in to this match after three successive league defeats and in dire need of some points to escape the drop. There were promising signs after Dean Smith’s appointment as the head coach but things have gone south really quick. Norwich City sit dead bottom in the Premier League table with just 10 points from 17 league games.
On the other hand, Arsenal are coming into the fixture after three successive league wins. The Gunners also thrashed Sunderland 5-1 in their mid-week League Cup quarter-final fixture. Arsenal are currently 4th in the league table with 32 points from 18 league games.
The Gunners will be looking for their fourth successive league win and to cement their position in the top four of the league table. While the Canaries will be hoping to end their horrible run of form and pick up important points to avoid the drop at the end of the season.
- Norwich City have lost 10 of their previous 14 league meeting against Arsenal.
- The Gunners ended their three-match losing streak at the start of the season with a victory over Norwich City.
- The Canaries are without a clean sheet in their last four league fixtures.
- The Canaries have never won a top-flight league fixture on boxing day. Drawing one and losing six in the process.
- While Arsenal have lost just two of their last 23 Premier League Boxing day fixtures.
There is no confirmation yet from Mikel Arteta about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s involvement in the clash. So it looks like the Striker will be exiled for another game. Defender Sead Kolasinac is ruled out of the fixture due to a foot injury.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a major doubt ahead of the clash due to illness. While Calum Chambers, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Pablo Mari look set to miss the clash after testing positive for Covid-19.
Both Milot Rashica and Mathias Normann could return to the starting line-up for Norwich City after their time on the sidelines. Christoph Zimmermann, Andrew Omobamidele and Grant Hanley are all ruled out of the clash. While Lukas Rupp, Joshua Sargent and Pierre Lees-Melou are all major doubts due to positive Covid-19 tests.
Norwich City predicted lineup
Krul; Aarons, Sorensen, Gibson, Williams; Gilmour, Normann, McLean; Dowell, Cantwell, Pukki
Arsenal predicted lineup
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
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