• September 27, 2021

Exclusive: Under-fire Gunners eye first points of Premier League campaign

 Exclusive: Under-fire Gunners eye first points of Premier League campaign


Under-fire Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend as they host Norwich.

The Gunners are in desperate need of their first points of the new season after suffering three defeats in a row before the international break.

Arteta saw his side beaten by Brentford in their opening game of the season

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Arteta saw his side beaten by Brentford in their opening game of the season

The latest result was a 5-0 thumping from Manchester City which left Mikel Arteta’s side sitting at the bottom of the Premier League.

For Norwich, this will be seen as something of a free swing.

The Canaries have also lost their opening three fixtures but will be looking to pile on the misery at the Emirates.

talkSPORT will be in north London to bring you all the action.

Arsenal v Norwich: How to listen

This match will get under way at 3pm on Saturday, September 11.

Full coverage from the Emirates will be exclusively live on talkSPORT 2, with our pre-match build-up starting at 2pm.

Dan Windle will be your host and commentary will come from Ian Danter and Perry Groves.

To tune in, click HERE for the live stream.

Daniel Farke’s Norwich are back in the Premier League

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Daniel Farke’s Norwich are back in the Premier League

Arsenal v Norwich: Team news

Arsenal will welcome back Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah to contention ahead of the Norwich City match.

Mohamed Elneny is likely to miss out, however, after suffering a hamstring injury that could keep him out for two weeks.

Emile Smith Rowe is a doubt due to illness, while Granit Xhaka is set to miss out through suspension.

Takehiro Tomiyasu could also feature if he secures a work permit in time.

For Norwich, Kenny McLean is a doubt after being sent home from Scotland duty after picking up an injury.

Meanwhile, Bali Mumba, Josh Sargent and Christos Tzolis could all come back into contention.

Partey had a string of injury setbacks last season and Gunners fans will be hoping he can fire on all cylinders next season

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Partey had a string of injury setbacks last season and Gunners fans will be hoping he can fire on all cylinders next season

Arsenal v Norwich City: What has been said?

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “We have to reset now. We have to get everybody back on track and start to win football games which is what we have to do.

“We have tried to explain the project and the decisions that have been made over the last few months. The amount of changes in the past two years is almost 30 players.

“It’s a project that we believed in and we all take responsibility. Now we have to make it work.

“We have a completely different squad. It’s unheard of. Now we have to make it work, we have to glide it together, build relationships, chemistry and understanding.

“We have to do that really quickly.”

There is immense pressure on Mikel Arteta to turn things around at Arsenal

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There is immense pressure on Mikel Arteta to turn things around at Arsenal

Arsenal v Norwich: Match facts

  • Arsenal have lost just two of their 18 Premier League meetings with Norwich (W9 D7), and are unbeaten in seven against the Canaries since a 1-0 loss in October 2012.
  • Since winning 4-2 at Highbury in their first ever Premier League match in August 1992, Norwich are winless in eight away league games against Arsenal (D2 L6), conceding 24 goals in that run.
  • Arsenal have scored at least three goals in six of their last seven home league games against Norwich, winning 4-0 in July 2020 in their last such meeting.
  • This is Arsenal’s first 3pm Saturday game in the Premier League since June 2020, when they lost 2-1 at Brighton. At home, the Gunners are unbeaten in their last 26 games in this kick-off slot (W21 D5) since a 3-1 loss against Aston Villa in August 2013.
  • Only once in their history have Arsenal lost each of their first four league games to a season, doing so in the 1923-24 top-flight campaign. The Gunners have never failed to score in any of their opening four league games before.
  • Norwich have lost their last 13 Premier League matches by an aggregate score of 34-2. Meanwhile, the Canaries are also winless in their last 23 top-flight matches played in London (D6 L17) since a 2-1 victory at Spurs in April 2012.
  • This is Arsenal’s second ever Premier League game when starting the day bottom of the table – the only previous occasion was their second ever game in the competition, losing 1-0 at newly promoted Blackburn in August 1992 thanks to an Alan Shearer strike.
  • Arsenal have the lowest xG total (1.7) and the highest xG against (8.4) in the Premier League so far this season. They managed just one shot in their last match against Man City, with this coming in the 5th minute of the game.
  • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in his two Premier League games against Norwich, netting a brace in both meetings with the Canaries in 2019-20.
  • After keeping a clean sheet in each of his first two Premier League appearances against Arsenal, Norwich keeper Tim Krul has conceded in each of his last eight against the Gunners (22 in total).






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