We bounced back superbly from our shock loss against West Bromwich Albion, brushing Dinamo Zagreb aside 3-0 in our penultimate Champions League group stage game. Our recent Premier League form hasn’t been fantastic though, and we need to get all three points against Norwich in order to keep the pressure up on the three teams ahead of us – and potentially even claim top spot if other results go our way.
For once we don’t have any horrendous new injuries to contend with ahead of our trip to Norwich, although we’ve still got plenty of pre-existing problems to worry about.
Aaron Ramsey made his return to action against Zagreb and will almost certainly feature against Norwich, potentially from the start. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the next player likely to make his return, and could do so against the Canaries. Arsene Wenger claimed he was the only one of our injured stars in contention, and was positive about his chances of being included in the match day squad (via Arsenal.com).
“We should have everyone available [from the Zagreb game], the players that played on Tuesday night plus maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain should be back in the squad,” he said.
That means we will still be without Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, and Tomas Rosicky, all of whom are relatively long term.
Everyone else is fit, which suggests the only change from our midweek game is likely to be Joel Campbell dropping out and Ramsey coming in. There’s a very small chance that Alexis Sanchez could be the one to lose his place instead, but Wenger was confident about his chances of shaking off a minor hamstring injury (via the Daily Mail).
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Norwich are relatively injury free, but key midfielder Alex Tettey is out with a groin injury (via Sky Sports). The only other player likely to miss out is Matt Jarvis, with the on-loan star still ruled out with a knee problem.
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We have a decent record against Norwich, although despite losing just once, we have drawn far too many games against the Canaries. Nothing short of a win will do this time around though, so we need to ensure we take all three points.