After a disappointing weekend at West Bromwich Albion, a sensational performance against Dinamo Zagreb has everyone feeling a bit happier.
Our hopes of going through in the Champions League are alive and Alexis Sánchez stumbled across some form: everything’s good, right?
After a north London derby draw with Spurs and that loss in the Midlands, Arsenal need to get back on track at Norwich on Sunday.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Arsène Wenger insisted the title race is wide open but is refusing to rule Arsenal in or out of it this early in the season.
“Mathematically you cannot rule [Chelsea] out – even the bottom teams are in it,” Wenger said.
“It is so difficult. It is so tight and I don’t even look at the league anymore because it is very, very tight.”
“We won 37 times in the last 25 games before West Brom, when we scored first we won 25 times,” Wenger told the press.
“You have to consider that mathematically as an accident.”
Accidents happen, but there’s little room for more of them now.
Good news for once! Nobody picked up an injury against Dinamo Zagreb, so all players involved are available, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to return to the bench.
Long-term absentees remain out, but Arsenal have finally gone a week without any minor setbacks. Wenger has to choose between starting Joel Campbell, who impressed in midweek, or Aaron Ramsey, who is fit again.
Possible XI: Čech; Bellerín, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Cazorla; Ramsey, Özil, Alexis; Giroud.
Norwich City have lost five of their last six Premier League games and find themselves precariously above the relegation zone, just two points behind fellow strugglers Chelsea in 15th.
It’s been a tough start to the season after promotion in May, but Alex Neil seems to have a grasp of what staying in the Premier League will demand of his team. That means Arsenal are unlikely to face the free-flowing Norwich which won promotion from the Championship last season.
Alex Neil: “We’re going to have to be a team that changes our style from week to week to get results.” #ncfc
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) November 26, 2015
The Norwich manager had plenty of praise for Arsenal, who he is clearly an admirer of.
The Arsenal manager is under no illusions, fully aware of the test that awaits his players on Sunday and not lulled into a false sense of security following Norwich’s poor form.
“You know that when you go there, it’s always a special game for them,” he told Arsenal.com. “They raise their level and all the recent history of a team doesn’t play too much of a part in it.
“You just want to [be] more focused. I think the key of the game will be more on our side than on the opponents’ side.”
Winger Nathan Redmond is a dangerous dribbler and the Canaries’ top scorer with four Premier League goals already this season. Along with Wes Hoolahan, Arsenal will have plenty to think about.
Alex Tettey and Matt Jarvis are both out injured.
Possible XI: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, O’Neil, Mulumbu, Howson; Hoolahan; Jerome.
Now’s when the pressure starts to come on. Arsenal haven’t won in two Premier League games and play after every single one of their title rivals on Sunday. There will be a demand to either keep up or capitalise on the errors of other sides.
Injuries make the squad look a little thinner but it’s nothing we aren’t used to and something we just have to deal with. It would be a perfect time, as far as the Premier League is concerned, to get back to winning ways.