Arsene Wenger had a big decision to make and he went for the option of playing Alexis Sanchez despite injury fears. Historically, Arsenal have done well on their trip to Norfolk but a highly physical display from the hosts can upset the visitors from North London.
If Arsenal win over Norwich today, the league table will look like this at the top- Manchester City 29, Arsenal 29, Leicester 29 and Manchester United 28. The fourth and the first being only a point apart surely proves a point about how competitive this season’s Premier League have been. Arsene Wenger will love to register a routine victory and see his team at the second spot in the points table. But, anything less than three points will also not harm Arsenal’s current position, they will sit at the fourth position as are now.
On the other hand, Alex Neil’s boys will love to earn at least a point to see them three points clear from the relegation zone. The history speaks in favour of the Gunners as they have lost only once in previous 13 meetings between the clubs. Arsenal’ away form also looks pretty good apart from the recent slip up at the hawthorns. They have only 2 losses in last 13 away matches in Premier League.
Arsene Wenger risked Alexis Sanchez despite injury fears and Aaron Ramsey is also back into Premier League action starting in his unfavoured wide role. Cazorla and Flamini will work as the two midfield pivots in their 4-2-3-1 formation and the attack line is unchanged from the last match.
Norwich City Line-up: Ruddy; Wisdom, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Howson, Dorrans, O’Neil (c), Brady; Hoolahan; Grabban.
Subs: Rudd (GK), Martin, Mbokani, Jerome, Mulumbu, Redmond, Odjidja
Arsenal Line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mertasacker (c), Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Flamini; Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis; Giroud
Subs: Ospina (GK), Debuchy, Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Rene-adelaide, Campbell
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