Norwich City visit the Emirates Stadium this Saturday in search for 3 points to avoid Premier League relegation. The Canaries sit in 17th place, currently level on points with Sunderland (31), but The Black Cats have a goal difference advantage placing them in 16th.
Arsenal are on the opposite end of the table in 4th place, level on points with Manchester City (64), but Citys goal difference places them in 3rd. The Gunners will also be looking for 3 points in order to secure a Champions League place next season, without qualification first.
Arsenal have won 8 of their last Premier League home fixtures against Norwich City (W8 D3 L1). Only one of the last 14 BPL meetings between these two sides has ended in a Norwich City win. The Canaries have lost 7 and drawn 6 games against the Gunners during this period.
This Saturday’s fixture at the Emirates will be Arsene Wengers 750th Premier League match in charge of Arsenal, but unfortunately it will not be a huge celebration amongst the fans.
The last meeting between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates saw the Gunners thrash the Canaries 4-1 with goals from Ramsey, Ozil and Wilshere.
Jack Wilshere made his first appearance of the season at the Stadium of Light last weekend so he may be a fresh option for Wenger in the midfield area. Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have both returned to first team training and could also make the Arsenal squad for the Norwich fixture.
Arsenals performance against a relegation zoned Sunderland last weekend was very disappointing. It seemed like Arsenal rolled over and gave Sunderland a draw because they felt sorry for them, which happened last season as well. Arsenal have not performed well enough against lower league teams this season and I can see the same thing happening this weekend as it did last. Arsenal need to start showing some spine otherwise the Europa League will start crawling up behind them.
I would like to say Arsenal will thrash Norwich at the Emirates again, but the Canaries will be fighting for Premier League survival and Arsenal look likely to roll over and give them a helping hand at the moment.
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