Arsenal and Norwich go head-to-head at the Emirates with both sides looking to earn their first points of the season.

Here’s everything you need to know about the clash between the Premier League’s bottom two sides so far:

Form

Arsenal: LLWL

Arsenal came into the season having spent the most money of any side across Europe, though there remain plenty of doubts about the quality and depth of their squad, despite Edu’s attempts to defend the club’s transfer business earlier this week.

The Gunners campaign got underway in the worst possible fashion, slipping to a deserved 2-0 loss to Premier League debutants Brentford on the opening day of the season, with £50 million signing Ben White coming out second best in his battle with Ivan Toney.

Arsenal would then come up against two of the divisions pre-season title favourites, and would fail to lay a glove on either – Romelu Lukaku running the north London side’s backline ragged on his return to Chelsea, before they were absolutely battered 5-0 by a striker-less Man City at the Etihad.

They did manage a 6-0 rout over Championship side West Brom inbetween those two outings, though went into the international break without a goal and without a point to their name in the Premier League to leave them bottom of the table and with Mikel Arteta facing increasing pressure.

As for the visit of Norwich, Arsenal are set to be without Granit Xhaka following his two-footed challenge on Joao Cancelo, the latest chapter of indiscipline in the Swiss international’s career.

Gabriel Magalhaes could be set to return following his early-season illness, while Thomas Partey has also returned to training. Deadline day signing Takehiro Tomiyasu could make his debut.


Norwich: LLWL

Three league games, three defeats, a 5-0 loss to Man City and a 6-0 win in the cup. Nope, we aren’t repeating Arsenal’s early season form, but Norwich have had a remarkably similar story at the start of their campaign.

To be fair to the east Anglian side, they have been handed a baptism of fire by the Premier League fixture generator, pitting them against Liverpool on the opening day of the season, before forcing them to face Man City at the Etihad.

Their clash against Liverpool saw them beaten 3-0, before Jack Grealish opened his Man City goalscoring account in the 5-0 rout.

The Canaries have also had to play last season’s top four chasers, Leicester City, slipping to a 2-1 loss at Carrow Road, with Teemu Pukki’s penalty moving them above Arsenal on goals scored in the drop zone.

Christos Tzolis scored twice on his Norwich debut in a 6-0 League Cup win against Bournemouth, though the Greek winger is a doubt with a calf injury for the trip to London.

Last Meeting

Arsenal 4-0 Norwich (July 1st, 2020)

These two sides last met towards the end of the 2019/20 season following Project Restart, Norwich going into the game bottom of the league prior to their eventual relegation to the Championship.

The Gunners would go ahead in the 33rd minute after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang capitalised on Tim Krul dallying on the ball, robbing the Dutch keeper of possession before rolling into an empty net.

Four minutes later and Aubameyang would turn provider, chasing a ball down the left channel before cutting it back to Granit Xhaka who stroked home first-time.

Norwich had their chances to get back into it, with Emi Martinez keeping out a couple of decent efforts, before Aubameyang once again pounced on a slack ball across the Norwich defence to make it 3-0.

Cedric Soares netted on his debut with an effort from outside the area following a poor clearance from a corner to round off the scoring.

Predicted Lineups

Arsenal: Leno; Tomiyasu, White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Lokonga, Odegaard; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang

Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams; Melou, Gilmour, McLean; Cantwell, Rashica, Pukki.

What TV channel is Arsenal v Norwich on?

Sadly for viewers in the UK and Ireland, this isn’t available on any TV channel or stream service.

Who is the referee?

Michael Oliver

What time is kick off?

Saturday, September 11th, 2021 – 15:00 BST

Odds

Arsenal – 1/2

Draw – 16/5

Norwich – 11/2

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