Matchday 32 carries on Wednesday for the Premier League with a busy slate of action. One of the featured matchups will surely be two struggling sides locking horns in a battle for coveted points, as Arsenal takes on Norwich City.
Arsenal’s restarted season has not gotten off to the best of starts, though a positive result over the weekend in the FA Cup could give Mikael Arteta’s group the jolt it needs. When they last met Norwich, it was a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road. With Norwich sitting last place with little hope of staying up, the Gunners will be hoping to dispose of them much easier this time around.
Norwich City had another frustrating weekend, following an extra time loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup. A late comeback was marred by some careless defending, a theme for Daniel Farke’s side this season. Norwich will look to continue pushing for victories and securing a full three points from all matches, though it remains to be seen if that can actually occur. Injuries and squad depth have become big issues for the Canaries.
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Arsenal vs. Norwich Betting Odds:
Norwich City (+540)
Over 3 (+105)
Under 3 (-125)
Arsenal -1 (-119)
Norwich +1 (-101)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Arsenal vs. Norwich Pick:
As is indicated by the high goal total in this contest, both Arsenal and Norwich City should play a fairly wide-open and entertaining contest on Wednesday afternoon.
Norwich City have nowhere else to go but up, and even that seems pretty far-fetched at the moment. Their defense hasn’t been there at all this season, and they’ve learned the hard way that they aren’t skilled enough to outscore their issues – as they did last season in the Championship.
For Arsenal, a bad run has seen the group quite likely miss out on European football qualification for next season. They’ll be playing for pride and vying for the FA Cup down the stretch, but this remains very much a rebuilding season for manager Mikael Arteta. Expect him to use the final gameweeks to decide who is part of the core and future, and who needs to move on. There’s a lot of internal competition right now, which should keep motivation high for the Gunners.
It’s believed that Arsenal will return to a 4-3-3 formation for this clash, with a lineup predicated on blazing speed and youth. Bukayo Saka will play in the centre of the midfield, while the rapid striker Eddie Nketiah will be chasing balls up front. He’ll be flanked by two of the Premier Leagues top talents in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe. That tandem should be good for a goal or two against Norwich’s weakened defense. The issue for the Gunners hasn’t been about the attack, it’s about keeping balls out of their net.
For Norwich, look for them to try and exploit Arsenal’s back-line with a familiar attacking approach from their 4-2-3-1 formation, that allows them good flexibility and opportunity going forward. Teemu Pukki will be the lone striker up top, though he’ll be missing his key winger alongside – Todd Cantwell. Making matters worse for the Canaries is the fact that they could be without up to eight first-team players, including inserting a makeshift centre-back in Alexander Tettey into the heart of their defense.
With neither defense being all that great or healthy, and neither side really having too much to play for – expect a wide open game where skill and talent wins out. In a shootout, while Norwich should be able to score and create some chances – the ability of Arsenal is far superior to what the Canaries can offer. There remains a lot of unused potential about this Gunners’ campaign, and look for the likes of Pepe, Saka, Aubameyang, etc. to put on a show Wednesday evening. A comfortable victory for the Gunners, and one that shows this is a young group that could pose problems in the future.
Pick: Arsenal 3-1