Premier League Gameweek 4
Sep 11, 2021 KO: 14:00

Arsenal - Norwich

Emirates Stadium London
Referee: Michael Oliver
Aubameyang 66'  

Match preview

Smith Rowe out? - How Arsenal could line up against Norwich

Arsenal are under major pressure to claim all three points against Norwich this Saturday

Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of Emile Smith Rowe for this weekend's Premier League clash against Norwich at the Emirates.

Though the 21-year-old is not officially ruled out of the game, Mikel Arteta revealed on Thursday that his player currently has an illness, while the club would assess him fully before the 3pm kickoff.

At the moment, it seems like he will be unavailable.

It will be a blow if Smith Rowe is missing as Arsenal need a victory more than any other team in the division this weekend, having lost all three of their opening games in the 2021/22 campaign, conceding nine and scoring zero.

If the Gunners are not able to claim all three points against newly-promoted Norwich, it may spell the end for Arteta even at this very, very early stage of the season.

Bernd Leno should start in goal, probably in front of a back four of Calum Chambers, Ben White, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney.

White and Gabriel have both been missing recently, White due to Covid isolation, but both featured in a recent friendly against Brentford over the international break.

New right-back signing Takehiro Tomiyasu is available to play after being granted a work permit, but that only happened on Thursday so it may be too soon for him to be thrown straight into the starting XI.

Granit Xhaka has Covid but will miss three matches due to a suspension anyway, while Mohamed Elneny has also tested positive.

Thomas Partey may not be 100% fit but he will need to come in to partner Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe could feature in the attacking midfield roles with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line.

Potential Arsenal XI v Norwich

Recent Ratings

Next Game

81
Arsenal
VS
73
Norwich
  Average Match Rating  
6.6
  Home  
7.0
6.6
  Away  
6.9
6.6
  Total  
7.0

Match statistics

Arsenal
Statistics
Norwich
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
9
12
Draws
4
3
Losses
7
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
32
41
Goals Per Game
1.60
2.05
More > 2.5 Goals
10
12
More > 3 Goals
6
8
Scored First in a Match
9
13
Scored Both Halves
8
7
Won More > 1 Goal
7
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
24
22
Did Not Score
7
3
Both Teams Scored
7
9
Kept Clean Sheet
7
8
Won Without Conceding
6
8
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
686
726
Possession
54
60
Passes
519
543
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
14
Shots on Target
4.16
5.63
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.14
Crosses
19
11
Offsides
2.38
2.24
Penalties
0.15
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.35
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
16
19
Interceptions
8.38
10
Own Goals
0.05
0.05
Aerials Won
14
14
Total Shots Conceded
11
11
Shots on Target Conceded
3.68
3.50
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.09
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
9.35
8.65
Yellow Cards
1.15
1.10
Red Cards
0.05
0.05

Injuries

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  2. Knee Injury image description
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Suspended

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