Arsenal’s first game without Unai Emery in charge will be on Sunday 1st December against Norwich. Following a dismal run of form, the French man was dismissed of his duties on Friday morning, and Arsenal will now look to re-build.
Hosts Norwich will be looking to take advantage of a chaotic Arsenal side. They come into this one with some confidence following a 2-0 win away to Everton last weekend and could get their first win over the Gunners since 2012.
Find out our big match predictions here.
Norwich vs Arsenal– Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Carrow Road
Kick Off Time: 14:00 GMT
Referee in charge: Paul Tierney
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch this game live on Sky Sports Premier League or across any Sky platform such as Sky go.
Norwich vs Arsenal– The Form Guide
Norwich started the season with a bang but soon fizzled out. The Canaries had earned just one point in the seven games previous to their victory at the weekend leaving them in serious trouble at bottom of the table. Their 2-0 win lifted them to 18th and three from safety.
They do play well at home and have beaten Manchester City and Newcastle already this season. In both those games, they managed to score three times, and have only not scored in one home game this season. Teemu Pukki is still finding the right spaces, and goals will likely come for the Finnish international again soon.
On the other hand, it’s difficult to find positives with Arsenal. They are a team with so much potential and promise and are simply not delivering. The arrival of Nicholas Pepe was supposed to be the signs of Arsenal return to genuine title contenders, and this has not been the case. The Gunners are without a win in their last five Premier League games. On top of that, they have lost back-to-back away games in the league to Leicester, and Sheffield United.
There’s no doubt it was time for Unai Emery to go, and focus can now turn to the future. Replacing Emery may take the club a while to decide, nut Nuno Espirito Santo is currently leading the betting. In the interim, Emery’s second in command, Freddie Ljungberg will take control. It will be interesting to see how he lines up in his first game in charge.
What is the Team News?
Daniel Farke will be looking at fielding the same 11 that put on an impressive display at Goodison Park last weekend.
He may, however, be without Todd Cantwell who picked up a small foot injury during the game. Cantwell has been instrumental for Farke this season and you sense that even if he isn’t fully fit, he will be selected.
Norwich fans will also have been delighted to see Christoph Zimmermann back in the team. This means they now have two recognised centre-backs fit and able to play.
Grant Hanley is still out injured with a hip problem, while Jamal Lewis and Josip Drmic all remain side-lined.
David Luiz picked up a knock in the first 30 minutes of Arsenal’s game against Frankfurt on Thursday. The defender was bizarrely playing in midfield for that match so even if he recovers in time for Sunday’s game, Ljungberg will likely play him at the back.
Granit Xhaka also made a return on Thursday night. He seemed to pick up a knock in the first half but played on – he is a doubt for Sunday.
Rob Holding is available for selection again, coming back after an injury to his knee.
Send Koasinac is a doubt, but could make it, and similarly, Bukayo Saka is also hopeful of a return.
Dani Ceballos is not expected back until late December, suffering from a thigh injury.
Norwich Predicted line-up: Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Byram; Cantwell, Tettey, McLean, Trybull, Hernandez; Pukki
Arsenal Predicted line-up: Leno; Chambers, David Luiz, Holding; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Torreira, Tierney; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang
Norwich vs Arsenal Latest Odds
Unibet have Arsenal as the favourites for this one at 10/13 (1.78) for the win. We think that although this is quite short, Arsenal are expected to get the job done. In fact, the odds have come in a little following the news of Emery’s departure. We can understand why bettors might be looking to back Norwich at 33/10 (4.3) but the odds are rarely that far off.
Norwich vs Arsenal Score Prediction
We feel like this game has draw written all over it. Arsenal don’t yet have a new boss to impress but the next manager will most likely be watching. Players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will be keen to show they can play better than they have been.
In the other corner, Norwich will be seeing this an opportunity to pounce while Arsenal are weak. They need some more points on the board to get out of the relegation zone, so will fight tooth and nail.
With this in mind, a loss is out of the question for both teams. We’re therefore backing the 1-1 correct score at 15/2 (8.5) with Unibet.
Norwich vs Arsenal Betting Tip
Both of these teams are guilty of being slack at the back. Between them, they have conceded 47 goals this season, quite often the result of extremely poor defending. Because of this, we think there will be at least a couple of goals on Sunday.
If Arsenal can keep it tight at the back, then there is a good chance they can take all three points. In saying that, they’ve only managed to keep two clean sheets in 13 Premier League games so far.
Aubameyang always seems to pop up with goals when Arsenal need them, and they definitely need them this weekend. We can see him getting on the scoresheet but don’t think Arsenal will hold out for a win.
Therefore, our tip for the game is a draw with Aubameyang to score anytime at 15/2 (8.5) with Unibet.
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