Arsenal are back at the Emirates. The Gunners host to Norwich City in the Premier League today, nearly four months after the last match played at home (a 1-0 win over West Ham). Of course, that match had supporters in the stands; today’s match will not. Arsenal have covered the lower seating bowl at the Emirates with pro-Arsenal banners, displays of support for Black Lives Matter, and messages of thanks to the NHS. The club encouraged supporters to send in flags, banners, and messages for display in the upper tier, and the video boards will be turned into “virtual fan walls.”
Currently 10th in the table, the Gunners need the full three points today. A win jumps them up to 8th, at least temporarily. Arsenal aren’t yet to “must-win” territory to keep their European hopes alive (because in a nod to PDB, I’ll reserve the term for when it’s mathematically necessary), but losing at home to almost-certain-to-be-relegated Norwich would be a big blow.
Norwich have injury and suspension squad selection problems. With Timm Klose suspended, the Canaries have one fit, available centerback. They may also be without midfielder Lukas Rupp (fit enough to start), right back Max Aarons (fit enough to start), and attacker Adam Idah (on the bench), who all faced late fitness tests. Didfielder Moritz Leitner is out. Todd Cantwell, who left their FA Cup defeat with a knock, is fit.
On the Arsenal side of things, Cedric Soares is finally available for selection, and I suspect he’ll play, even if it’s just a run-out. Lucas Torreira is back in full training and will be assessed ahead of the match, but I doubt he plays. Mesut Ozil is being assessed ahead of the match, as is David Luiz. The long-term injuries (Leno, Mari, Martinelli, and Chambers) are unchanged.
Arsenal - Martinez, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Tierney, Nelson, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Four changes from Sheffield...— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 1, 2020
➡️ Bellerin, Ceballos, Nelson, Aubameyang
⬅️ Maitland-Niles, Willock, Pepe, Saka#ARSNOR
Norwich - Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Tettey, Lewis, Trybull, McLean, Rupp, Buendia, Cantwell, Pukki
TEAM NEWS— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) July 1, 2020
▪ Klose out, Trybull in
▪ Martin back on the bench
▪ Academy player Jordan Thomas in squad for the first time
WHAT: Arsenal vs. Norwich City
WHERE: The Emirates
WHEN: 10 AM PST | 1 PM ET | 6 PM BT
US TV: NBCSN. Stream here.
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