Arsenal vs Norwich: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on May 4, 2012

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Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime for what has to be regarded as a must-win game if we are to secure third place this year.

After Tottenham’s 4-1 win away to Bolton and Newcastle’s 2-0 win at Chelsea in midweek, we are now just 1 point ahead of our third-place rivals with two games to play.

Victory over Norwich on Saturday would put the pressure on the pair, with Spurs away at Villa and Newcastle hosting Man City on Sunday. So lets get the three points in the bag and let the others play catch-up.

It was a bad week for Arsenal, with both our main rivals winning, and many fans are now panicking about finishing third. But lets not forget it’s still very much in our hands. Beat Norwich and WBA and third is ours, no matter what. We sure as hell would have taken that scenario a few months ago, so let’s not get too despondent!

We go into this weekend having not won in our last three Premier League games, so it’s vital we don’t extend that run to four. Norwich are a decent side and showed how dangerous they can be with a shock 2-1 win at White Hart Lane recently, so they shouldn’t be underestimated.

Team news

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Abou Diaby is likely to miss the remaining two games with a calf problem picked up against Stoke last week, and the French midfielder joins Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker on the sidelines.

Diaby’s injury leaves us short of midfield options, so Wenger has been forced into drafting in the un-used Park Chu-Young into the squad.

Other than that, the squad will be exactly the same as last week. Although i would like to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given a start on Saturday.

Norwich come to the Emirates with few injury concerns. Daniel Ayala and Marc Tierney are definitely out, while Zak Whitbread and Adam Drury are both doubts for Paul Lamberts side.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

We have been strong at home for most of the season. The Wigan game was a bit of a freak result really, but it should pose as a warning for the players not to start slowly or take the opposition too lightly. Norwich lost 3-0 at home against Liverpool last weekend and have already secured their Premiership status for another year, so with very little to play for, you’d be forgiven for thinking they are a good side to be playing at this stage of the season.

As long as the Gunners focus and play with high intensity, the goals and the three points will come. I think the boys won’t disappoint and we’ll put the pressure on the Spuds. Arsenal 3-0 Norwich.

What are your thoughts on the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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14 Comments

  1. Sir Sammy

    May 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Go on Gunners! we will definitely hold on to 3rd place. win the remaining 2 matches and we are done.

  2. saintann

    May 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    i think we should win this game first then look at what happens to spurs and newcastle..if they both draw their games then all we need at westbrom will be jst a draw,and if they lost..then we can celebrate third,arsenal 3 norwich 0

  3. kassim lukmon olumuyiwa.kc

    May 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    third place is sure.no shaking

  4. UMOH EKWO

    May 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Ordinarily, this is a game we would have won without much ado. These days , we create the chances but we don’t utilize them. Let every player determine to be focused and victory will come. I am not comfortable with Ramsey but it appears we are stuck with him as there is no suitable replacement. Let him compensate the fans by playing well on Saturday. Good luck to all gunners.

  5. Mohamed Zubairu

    May 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    While having secured their premiership status could make them less dangerous on one hand, it could also liberate them to be audacious and try things. W must play without hand breaks but still cautious never the less.

  6. Jaymesy

    May 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Ramsey in d squad, na only God fit save us o…..Goodluck!!!

  7. Tempo2

    May 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Vp shuld stay nd wenger shuld give park a chance 2 prove his worth

  8. karis

    May 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    REMOVE RAMSEY AND REPLACE HIM WITH OX, THEN BRING PARK TO TAKE THE FORWARD POSITION, OTHERWISE, WITH RAM ON THE STARTING LINEUP,,,,…….NO CHANCE.

  9. caleb

    May 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    i think it will be 4-0 van persie will score all of the goals

  10. Pedrogooner

    May 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Who cares if it’s a 94th min winner from koscielny! As long as we win 😉

  11. ola young

    May 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Arsenal is going τ̅☺ win by 3goas τ̅☺ 1 tomorrow up gunners

  12. henry

    May 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    wenga should unleash oxlad not ramsey at 1st start.Ramsey gav the ball away last match against stoke which brought their goal, but we should win the game no matter who plays.We should bring in every quality and power we neva had

  13. sanje

    May 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I think arsenal will win this one by many magin and robin to increase his tally.up Gunners

  14. Bongomingi ismail

    May 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Am sure arsenal z to win becouse we went gd games without wining so Rvp ve 2 partner park and olxe to de left wing Benayon to de right wing and things shall be possible by 2-1 wine today

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