Norwich vs Arsenal: Team News, match facts and predictions

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Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg

Norwich City hosts Freddie Ljungberg’ Arsenal at the Carrow road as the former Arsenal legend looks to impress in a game where he is in charge for the first time.

Arsenal’s run of seven successive games without a win led to Unai Emery’s sacking on Friday morning, with Per Mertesacker and Robert Pires expected to be part of the Swede’s interim coaching staff.

Ljungberg’s first line-up will offer an intriguing insight into the club legend’s view on the issues which has seen the club unravel this season – primarily whether Mesut Ozil will start.

Norwich have nosedived since upsetting Manchester City in September, however, they finally had cause to cheer with victory against Everton last weekend.

Arsenal looks vulnerable defensively and Norwich will relish the chance to take another huge Premier League scalp after upsetting Manchester City in September. Emery’s departure may galvanize some members of the squad, however, it could be another testing 90 minutes for the Gunners.

Team News

Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell has overcome the ankle injury he sustained against Everton last week, while Jamal Lewis could return from a knee issue.

Alex Tettey will miss Sunday’s game for family reasons and Grant Hanley is out.

Arsenal’s interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg will assess David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi, who suffered bruising to the ribs and foot respectively against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Hector Bellerin is a doubt with a tight hamstring but Sead Kolasinac is fit.

Match Facts

Head-to-head

Norwich beat Arsenal 4-2 at Highbury on the opening Premier League weekend in 1992 but have since won just once in 15 top-flight meetings (D6, L8).

The Canaries have failed to score more than once in any of their past 10 top-flight home matches against Arsenal.

Norwich City

Norwich could win back-to-back Premier League fixtures for the first time since April 2016.

They have lost four of their last five league games at Carrow Road and could suffer four successive home defeats for the first time in a single top-flight season.

There have been 26 Premier League goals scored at Carrow Road this season, second only to the 27 at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

Teemu Pukki registered six goals in his first five Premier League appearances this season, but he has since gone eight games without a goal in the division.

Arsenal

Arsenal have gone seven league and cup matches without a win for the first time since February 1992. They never went on as poor a run during Arsene Wenger’s 1,235 games in charge.

The Gunners earned just 30 points from 25 Premier League away games under Unai Emery, keeping two clean sheets.

Eighteen points from 13 matches represents Arsenal’s worst start to a Premier League season.

They trail Liverpool by 19 points, the biggest gap there has ever been between themselves and the league leaders after 13 games.

Arsenal averaged 1.73 points per game under Emery, their lowest return since 1.66 under Bruce Rioch in 1995-96.

It is 212 minutes since they scored away from home in the league.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four of Arsenal’s five away league goals this season.

PREDICTION: 2-2