Arsenal will be aiming for a third consecutive victory in all competitions when they host Norwich City in the Premier League on Wednesday. The Gunners are coming on the back of a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup. Mikel Arteta’s men will be keen on replicating that performance in the league, especially knowing that a win could potentially help overtake both Sheffield and Tottenham Hotspur.
Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Norwich City
Mikel Arteta is set to revert to a four-man backline after experimenting with a 3-4-3 on Sunday. In any case, David Luiz has picked up a knock and is unlikely to make the squad while both Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari have been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Sokratis did make a late substitute appearance against Sheffield United. But, his lack of game-time this year means Rob Holding is likely to get the nod at centre-back. The 27-year-old will rejoin Shkodran Mustafi, at the heart of Arsenal’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Hector Bellerin will once again assume his role at right-back, at the expense of Ainsley Maitland-Niles. But, the focus will surely be on Kieran Tierney, who had starred in Arsenal’s win over Sheffield United on the weekend. The Scot is set to feature on the opposite flank.
Emiliano Martinez is the undisputed starter in goal as Bernd Leno continues his spell on the sidelines.
Lucas Torreira will be hoping to return to contention on Wednesday. However, we expect him to remain on the sidelines, along with the likes of Luiz and Mari. But, there could be changes in central midfield, with Dani Ceballos, in particular, replacing Joe Willock.
The Spaniard emerged a hero by scoring a late winner against Sheffield United. He should, therefore, be given a start alongside Granit Xhaka, who has shown incredible leadership in recent weeks and expected to retain his place in the side.
Elsewhere, Bukayo Saka is a guaranteed starter in central midfield and is tipped to be in the side alongside Xhaka and Ceballos. The youngster will be looking to provide the creative essence from the wider areas of the pitch.
Arsenal fans will be excited about the potential return of Mesut Ozil. But, we may once again miss out seeing the German this week. Even if he does make the squad, he is likely to start on the bench.
However, there will be changes in the attack, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang almost destined to return to the starting lineup. He is set to feature at left-wing, with Nicolas Pepe retaining his place on the opposite flank. Eddie Nketiah could spearhead the Arsenal attack, ahead of Alexandre Lacazette.
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