Arsenal host Norwich City in the Premier League this weekend in what is a must-win game for Mikel Arteta. The Gunners are yet to pick up a point or score a goal in the league this season and that has to change when the Canaries come to town on Saturday.
There are no excuses for how poor Arsenal were in the first three games, but injuries and illnesses certainly had its impact. Arsenal were without a whole host of senior players, but that is now set to change.
There’s no way we’ll go with a 5-4-1 formation against Norwich like we did when we faced Manchester City. This will be a completely different Arsenal side and we believe that Arteta will make six big chances for the game on Saturday.
Six changes Arteta will likely make for Arsenal vs Norwich
Arsenal’s starting eleven against Manchester City was far from our best. Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney are likely to retain their places for this weekend’s game.
As for the others, they will have to settle for a spot on the bench, if not in the stands.
The Sun claimed recently that Aaron Ramsdale has told his mates that he believes Arteta will start him ahead of Bernd Leno against Norwich. If that really is the case, the Englishman will make his Premier League debut for us.
In defence, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu are all expected to come in. The Brazilian and the Englishman are progressing well following their problems and their availability makes Arsenal considerably stronger.
As for Tomiyasu, he may not get a lot of training under his belt, but the right-back area is a problem position for Arsenal, and we expect Arteta to resolve it by pushing the Japan international to start on Sunday.
In midfield, Granit Xhaka is suspended which should open the door for Albert Sambi Lokonga to come back in. The big news, however, will be Thomas Partey’s return, who is now back in full training after his ankle problem.
Our front four is a predictable one. Auba leads the line with Saka, Odegaard and Smith Rowe playing behind him. Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli will likely have to settle for a spot on the bench.
Here’s how we think Arsenal could lineup against Norwich City on Saturday.