Arsenal face Norwich City in their first game back at the Emirates Stadium following football’s return, after consecutive wins last week.

Arsenal players join Dani Ceballos (C) after he scored the winning goal during the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on June 28, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal players join Dani Ceballos (C) after he scored the winning goal on June 28, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite playing four games since the restart, as many as any other English team, Arsenal are still waiting on their first match at home. That fixture finally arrives in the form of a visit from Norwich City on Wednesday.

Mikel Arteta’s side are in a bit of good form after their initial defeats to Manchester City and Brighton. Last week, they overcame Southampton with a 2-0 win before eliminating Sheffield United from the FA Cup.

Norwich are bottom of the table and struggling, but I wouldn’t expect Arteta to let up. Every point on the board is vital right now, so he’ll need to pick a strong team and go for the win.

Arteta can always make his five substitutes if it turns out more comfortably than we usually expect. Let’s have a look at our predicted lineup for the match.

Goalkeeper

Sheffield United's English defender Chris Basham (3L) heads the ball wide past Arsenal's Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (R) during the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on June 28, 2020. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Chris Basham (3L) heads the ball wide past Emiliano Martinez (R) on June 28, 2020. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

This remains an easy call, with Emi Martinez performing well as Bernd Leno’s backup. Leno is only out for another four weeks, but Martinez is clearly keen to make an impression in the meantime.

Centre-Backs

Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz gestures during the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on June 28, 2020. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal defender David Luiz gestures on June 28, 2020. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

David Luiz will probably miss out with the knock he picked up at the weekend. Rob Holding can come back in for him alongside Shkodran Mustafi. The third spot is a bit of a mystery.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is back, but he’s only played one minute since the restart so far. Plus, it’s hard to see how he fits in with Mustafi and Holding in the 3-4-3.

So far, Holding has played in the middle with Mustafi on the right, but Sokratis surely can’t play on the left, as a right-footed centre-back who isn’t exactly great in possession anyway.

I’m predicting Sead Kolasinac will start instead, with Sokratis waiting for his chance whenever Mustafi needs a rest.

Midfield and Wing-Backs

Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos (C) runs to celebrate scoring a goal during the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on June 28, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Dani Ceballos (C) runs to celebrate scoring a goal on June 28, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

After a couple of games out, it’s very possible Matteo Guendouzi comes back into the team. But we honestly have no reference points to make that prediction.

We don’t know what punishment Arsenal handed out, we can’t look at Mikel Arteta’s past dealings with this sort of situation (because there aren’t any). We’ll just keep assuming he isn’t involved until we hear otherwise.

Granit Xhaka and Joe Willock are both in good form, but I’d expect Dani Ceballos to come in after he dropped out of the starting lineup at the weekend before coming on to score. Willock is the more likely of the three to miss out.

As for the wing-back positions, Cedric Soares is finally available. However, Hector Bellerin will probably continue to start for now, as Arsenal ease Cedric in. On the other side, if Kieran Tierney is ready for another game, you play Kieran Tierney.

Forwards

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his teams first goal from the penalty spot during the FA Cup Fifth Quarter Final match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on June 28, 2020 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Pool via Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal on June 28, 2020. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Pool via Getty Images)

Whilst he is in good form, Nicolas Pepe started all three of the last three away games. Meanwhile, Reiss Nelson has 26 minutes on the pitch since football’s return. It’s surely time for him to get a chance to start.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got a chance to rest against Sheffield United, after 90 minutes in each of the three games prior. He should come back into the lineup on the left. Bukayo Saka has earned a rest after playing 357 of 360 minutes so far.

Eddie Nketiah is in better form than Alexandre Lacazette right now and he only played the final 23 minutes at Sheffield so he’s the more likely to start this one. Gabriel Martinelli is out for the season.

Predicted Lineup

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