Arsenal will be looking to keep their winning momentum up as they face bottom side Norwich.
After two disastrous defeats to begin the restart, the Gunners have notched back-to-back wins on the road against Southampton and Sheffield United (in the FA Cup). They will be desperate for that momentum to come with them back to London, and given opponents Norwich are rock bottom of the league they will be confident they can secure all three points.
Norwich are coming into this game off the back of four straight defeats including FA Cup elimination at the weekend against Manchester United. The Canaries play wonderful football in attack but just can’t keep it together at the back. They’ve let in an astonishing 56 goals so far this season and are six points off Aston Villa in 19th but with a game in-hand. That is this game and they need to win it.
Scoreline prediction: Arsenal 3-2 Norwich
Arsenal vs Norwich kick-off time and details:
Competition Premier League
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Kick-off: 6:00PM (UK time)
Where to watch Arsenal vs Norwich on TV:
UK: BT Sport 1
Arsenal and Norwich’s previous line-ups:
- Arsenal (vs. Sheffield United): Martinez; Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Tierney; Pépé, Saka; Lacazette.
- Norwich (vs. Manchester United): Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis; Tettey, Rupp, McLean; Buendia, Cantwell; Pukki.
Arsenal will be without Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, Calum Chambers and Lucas Torreira as long-term injury absences, and may be sweating on the fitness of David Luiz who left the FA Cup tie in Sheffield with an injury. Norwich don’t have any major injuries but will be fatigued after being taken to extra-time by Manchester United.
Players to watch:
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has looked miles from his best since the Premier League restarted. The Gabon international last scored a Premier League goal in February, but even still his total of 17 in the league is as high as Norwich‘s top two goalscorers combined. This home game will be an ideal chances for Aubameyang to put his foot down and get back amongst the goals. He scored twice when the sides drew at Carrow Road earlier in the season and will be relishing a match against that porous Norwich defence.
Norwich: Norwich are a buzzing side who all work relentlessly hard but no one epitomises their impact better than Todd Cantwell. The young midfielder is so often the punch in the final third for the Canaries; only Teemu Pukki ranks above Cantwell when it comes to shots, shots on target, touches in the opposition box and goals – moreover no one has won more fouls than Cantwell (58) for Norwich. An all-action goalscoring presence who loves the big occasion. Cantwell has already scored against Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and even Arsenal so far this season. He relishes notching against the top sides and will be out to punish Arsenal at the Emirates.
In other news…
William Saliba has been “deprived” of the chance to play in the Coupe de France final after Arsenal and Saint-Etienne failed to agree a loan extension, and Les Verts made their feelings on this outcome plain in a club statement issued this morning.
The 2019/20 Ligue 1 season was curtailed in April but Saint-Etienne’s final against Paris Saint-Germain, scheduled for July 24, is going ahead.
Arsenal signed Saliba from Saint-Etienne last summer before loaning him back to the six-time French Cup winners till the end of June 2020. It initially appeared they would grant an extension and Arteta said just this Tuesday that Saliba has “earned the right” to play in the final.
However, the next day in a club statement headlined ‘William Saliba deprived of the final by Arsenal’, Saint-Etienne wrote: “[We] simply wanted to extend the initial loan until July 24, [but] could not find an agreement with Arsenal to allow the defender to properly prepare and play this match, the English club imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions.”
Arsenal retaliated by publishing their own version of events on the club website.
It read: “Throughout our discussions with St Etienne, our aim has been to protect the welfare of William Saliba as well as the interests of Arsenal Football Club, while honouring the terms of the loan.
“Despite the loan ending on June 30, we were willing to find a way for William to play in the [French] cup final on July 24, despite having no contractual obligation to do so.
“As William is returning from injury, we asked that St Etienne follow a clear training plan with William in close collaboration with us, to ensure he is fully fit for the start of next season.
“To our surprise we were unable to reach agreement to this plan which was proposed by our medical experts, and we are simply not prepared to risk the welfare of an Arsenal player.
“While it was not our primary concern, and ultimately not relevant as our training plan was not accepted, we also expected not to be financially disadvantaged by extending the loan. This was also not acceptable to St Etienne.
“We know this is a disappointment for William but he understands we are working to protect his long-term interests and those of Arsenal.”
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