Norwich vs Arsenal: Team news, prediction & likely lineups

Norwich City host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as the Gunners look to claim their first victory after seven winless games in all competitions and the first in the post-Unai Emery era.Arsenal slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday evening in Emery’s last game in charge of the north London club – the former PSG boss being given the boot on Friday morning.Norwich themselves were on a seven-game winless run following their shock 3-2 victory against Manchester City but were able to turn their fortunes around with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park against Everton, Daniel Farke’s position seemingly not as volatile as Emery’s was. Team News Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell has overcome the ankle injury he sustained against Everton last week, while Jamal Lewis could return from a knee issue but Alex Tettey will miss Sunday’s game for family reasons and Grant Hanley is out.Arsenal’s interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg will assess David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi, who suffered bruising to the ribs and foot respectively against Eintracht Frankfurt as Hector Bellerin is a doubt with a tight hamstring but Sead Kolasinac is fit. ​Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos remains unavailable for selection due to a similar issue.Head to HeadSunday’s contest will represent the 59th competitive clash between the two clubs, with Arsenal claiming 28 wins in comparison to 11 victories for Norwich.The Gunners have put together a six-match unbeaten streak against their hosts this weekend, although they have not squared off since an EFL Cup tie in October 2017.Norwich last defeated Arsenal in October 2012 when Grant Holt netted the only goal of the game in a Premier League meeting at Carrow Road.Recent Form​As mentioned, neither team come into this fixture in a rich vein of form. Norwich had been on a run of seven ​Premier League games without a win, but managed to finally score some points at the expense of Marco Silva and Everton in their last fixture.Farke will be keen for his side to build some momentum with a win against Arsenal as they have winnable games against ​Southampton and ​Sheffield United in the weeks ahead. However, the Canaries have lost their last three league home games, conceding ten goals in the process and will look to plug the gap against an offensively efficient Arsenal side.Arsenal hasn’t tasted victory in the Premier League since a 1-0 home win over Bournemouth back in October, and have only scored five goals in the league since then, notching three draws in their last five league games.The Gunners are also winless in their last seven games across all competitions, something which had never happened in 1,235 matches under Arsene Wenger.Managers Quotes Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke said via BBC: “You feel for the head coach when the relationship between him and the club comes to an end. Arsenal is still a top-class club with top-class players.”We’re not too down after disappointing results and weren’t too high after the Everton win. We remain the underdogs in every game, especially against Arsenal. But we always have a chance.”Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg: “However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles back on faces again.”Norwich City possible starting lineup: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram; Stiepermann, McLean, Trybull; Cantwell, Hernandez, Pukki.Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Bellerin, Chambers, Sokratis, Tierney; Torreira, Guendouzi; Pepe, Willock, Aubameyang; Lacazette.Scoreline prediction: Norwich 1-2 Arsenal

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