2019-20 Premier League: Week 32 – Arsenal vs Norwich

Date: Wednesday 1 July 2020 (6:00pm BST), Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal look to continue their push for a top five finish as they take on Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium. 

Victory will send Arsenal up to seventh whilst a win for Norwich could see them move to within three points of safety depending on results elsewhere.

 

Team News

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Cedric Soares is set to return for Arsenal after recovering from a facial injury which kept him sidelined for their first four games of the restarted season. 

Lucas Torreira and David Luiz face late fitness tests following respective ankle and knee injuries. 

Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli (all knee) plus Pablo Mari (ankle) remain ruled out for remainder of this season. 

Norwich will be without Timm Klose after the defender was red-carded during Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United. 

Max Aarons (calf), Adam Idah (quadricep) and Lukas Rupp (hip) are doubts and will face late fitness tests. 

Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmerman,  Sam Byram (all hamstring) plus Mortiz Leitner (hernia) are out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six league meetings against Norwich (W4, D2). 
  • Norwich have won just one of their last ten trips to Arsenal across all competitions (W1, D3, L6). 
  • Arsenal have conceded first in each of their last two matches against Norwich in all competitions (W1, D1). 
  • No Norwich player has been subbed more times this season than Todd Cantwell, who was benched on 17 occasions during 26 starting appearances this season. 
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the only Arsenal player to have scored a free-kick in the league this season, scoring on just one occasion from a free-kick. 

 

Prediction

This restart has exposed the real ugly state of Arsenal because their recent performances aren’t even decent, instead relying on mistakes of opposition coupled with some dodgy refereeing to scrape wins in their last two outings. 

Norwich meanwhile produced a good performance against Man Utd in the FA Cup despite unluckily losing late into extra-time, which surely has to be a launchpad to producing a stronger performance here if can play aggressively but defend well. 

If the Canaries do that and Arsenal continue to show poor quality then there is no doubt that this could be an away result, although two lucky wins could spur Arsenal on to produce a better performance given their home record over Norwich. 

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Norwich City

Result: Arsenal 4-0 Norwich City

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