Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is already under pressure after his side’s poor start
Arsenal will hope to put their worst-ever start to a Premier League season behind them when they host Norwich at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, in a meeting of two clubs who are yet to get off the mark this season.
Although the new season is only three games old, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is already under pressure after his side’s lacklustre start to the campaign. The Gunners were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City in their last fixture before the international break, and suffered further defeats against Brentford and Chelsea in their opening two games of the season.
Arsenal are also yet to score a goal in the Premier League this season, with Wolves the only other club yet to find the net. Arteta is set to be boosted, however, with the return of a number of first-team players from injury, as well as the signing of Japan international right back Takehiro Tomiyasu on deadline day.
Newly-promoted Norwich, meanwhile, arrive at the Emirates one place above bottom-side Arsenal in the early standings. Daniel Farke’s side were handed a tough start to the season with matches against Liverpool, City and Leicester and are also on the hunt for their first Premier League points of the season.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match today.
When is it?
The match will kick-off at 3pm BST on Saturday 11 September.
How can I watch?
The match is not being shown live in the UK.
What is the team news?
Arsenal could be boosted by the returns of Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes from injury, while Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe are set to be available after recovering from illness.
Midfielder Partey and centre back Gabriel are yet to play this season but returned to training during the international break. New signing White has not featured since he made his debut in the 2-0 defeat to Brentford on the opening night of the season after contracting Covid-19 but has now fully recovered, as has Smith Rowe who did not join up with England’s under 21s due to a non-Covid illness.
Granit Xhaka is suspended after he was sent off in the 5-0 defeat to City, which means Albert Sambi Lokonga should return to the midfield as Mohamed Elneny is out with an injury. Tomiyasu is unlikely to feature as he has been away on international duty with Japan since signing from Bologna.
Unless any of their players have returned from international duty with injuries, Norwich manager Daniel Farke has no further injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Emirates. New signing Christos Tzolis remains out with a calf injury while Ozan Kabak is set to be unavailable as he has been away on international duty with Turkey since singing on loan from Schalke.
Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Saka; Aubameyang
Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams; Lees-Melou, Gilmour, McLean; Cantwell, Pukki, Rashica
While it takes some convincing to confidently back Arsenal at the moment, a home fixture against Norwich – on paper – looks like an ideal opportunity to get off the mark in the Premier League this season. Martin Odegaard should have a lot more joy this week that he did on his second debut away at City, and his combinations with Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka should create plenty of opportunities for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to get up and running in the league as well. The return of Gabriel, if fit, is a boost to a defence that has looked fragile in his absence this season. Arsenal 3-0 Norwich
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