Arsenal v Norwich City

29 Apr

Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring for Arsenal

Mesut Ozil scored in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Norwich in November


Arsenal pair Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have recovered from respective Achilles and knee injuries but Arsene Wenger says he will not risk playing both of them together.

Tomas Rosicky is fit after a thigh injury but is not expected to feature.

Norwich captain Russell Martin could return from a virus that caused him to miss the game against Sunderland.

Timm Klose remains out and loanee Andre Wisdom has returned to Liverpool after suffering a season-ending injury.


Steve Wilson: “Alex Neil was a 15-year-old with big dreams when Arsene Wenger was appointed manager of Arsenal. When Neil was born in June 1981, Wenger was being offered his first coaching job – in charge of the youth at Strasbourg.

“Yet Norwich’s impressive young manager is unlikely to be overawed by his first game in charge of a team at the Emirates.

“Norwich have already won at Old Trafford, drawn at Anfield and Upton Park and held Arsenal at Carrow Road this season. What they’ve done before, they can do again.

“Mind you, Norwich haven’t won at Arsenal since the first day of Premier League football: 15 August 1992.

“Against a backdrop of some Arsenal fans protesting for change, Norwich might feel the time for another win on Gunners’ soil has come.”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s reaction to a planned protest by Arsenal’s supporters: “We have to put things a little bit into perspective and see how the club’s evolution has gone over the years.

“The quality of the work we’ve done at the club has got us into a strong position where expectations are very high, but we are frustrated when we don’t get what we want.

“The best chance (supporters) can give our team is to be behind our team. We have to stick together.”


The Gunners cannot just down tools because they still need some wins to make sure of a top-four finish. I do not see them having many problems getting one of them here.

Prediction: 2-0

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Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere celebrate<!–



  • Norwich’s last victory at Arsenal was on the opening day of the newly-formed Premier League in 1992. The Canaries fought back from 2-0 down with 21 minutes to go to win 4-2.
  • The Canaries are winless in six subsequent league visits to Arsenal (D2, L4).


  • Arsenal are unbeaten in seven league games but have drawn four of those.
  • This game will be Arsene Wenger’s 750th Premier League match as a manager – only Sir Alex Ferguson (810) has more.
  • Mesut Ozil has gone eight Premier League games without assisting a goal, while Olivier Giroud has failed to score in his last 14 top-flight appearances.
  • Ozil has created a league-high 137 goalscoring chances for team-mates in this season’s top flight, more than any other player in a single Premier League campaign since 2003-04.

Norwich City

  • Norwich have won two of their last 14 league games, losing 10 of those matches.
  • The Canaries are winless in their last 11 Premier League games against London teams (D4, L7) since beating Tottenham at home in February 2014.
  • Their last top-flight win in London was in April 2012 (at Tottenham).

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