England Premier League
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Kick off at 6pm BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Just how important will the Gunners victory over Southampton be? Forget about points and position, that result was all about bringing back some confidence within the team. Playing Southampton away was never going to be easy but Arsenal dug deep and got a 2-0 win, that was then followed up by a FA Cup quarter final victory over Sheffield United. The waters are surely calm around the club now and facing Norwich, the bottom placed club in the league really should be a straightforward victory.
Now let’s talk about points and positions and Mikel Arteta’s team could climb a couple of places from where they are at the moment in 9th place. Whilst it’s been a difficult season for the club they are only 6 points behind Manchester United and 2 points behind their London rivals Tottenham.
Arsenal have won almost half of their games at home and have won their last 3 in a row here, and are unbeaten at the Emirates this year.
Everything seems stacked against Norwich, and yet watch some of their games and you can wonder just how they are bottom of the league? They have played some decent football at times but have really been let down by their defence which has conceded 56 goals, they have also lost 20 times this season.
A miserable season was highlighted with the Canaries exiting the FA Cup at the quarter final stages over the weekend losing to Manchester United. Norwich have lost their first two games after the restart but because the immediate teams above them are failing to pick up wins, the hope remains that they could survive. They are six points adrift of safety, but of course the games are starting to run out. The omens don’t look good here as they have won just once away from home all season.
Arsenal: Cedric is still out with a facial injury but is back in training and could be back on the pitch at the beginning of July. Gabriel Martinelli has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Bernd Leno has been ruled out for at least 4 weeks with a knee injury and he looks set to miss the rest of the season. David Luiz is back from suspension but has a minor ankle injury picked up in the FA Cup, he will face a late assessment. Pablo Mari has been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury. Mesut Ozil has a back injury, it is thought to be minor and he will face a test ahead of the game. Lucas Torreira had an ankle injury on going before the break, he is 50/50 for this game but could return for the next match
Norwich: Whilst the club have some long term injuries they head into this game with no new fresh injury concerns
Arsenal vs Norwich Head to Head:
The reverse fixture earlier in the season ended 2-2.
The last time Arsenal played a league match against Norwich at home was in 2016 where the Gunners won 1-0.
Norwich have not beaten Arsenal since 2012.
Norwich have been able to score at least 1 goal away to Arsenal 3 out of the last four visits.
Arsenal vs Norwich Prediction:
Arsenal have quite a few injuries coming in although at least half are 50/50 and could see players return. There is still a lot of quality and pace in the team and it seems difficult to think that Norwich are going to be able to deal with it over 90 minutes. There’s a bit more confidence in the Arsenal team now and they should be able to score a few goals here. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been quiet by his standards and he would love to get on the score sheet like he did the last time they met, indeed he scored a brace.
This will be tough going for Norwich one suspects with them having to defend for long periods, and if Arsenal can score early doors then this could turn into a few goals conceded on a long night. The Canaries will have their moments but are set to be outclassed here.
Arsenal vs Norwich Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (-1 Arsenal) at 1.68
Anytime goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at 1.64