As we prepare to kick off the busy festive period, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Norwich City on Boxing Day.
Arsenal have put together a run of wins since this month’s defeat to Everton, beating Southampton, West Ham, and Leeds United in the league before thrashing Sunderland to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.
Things are really going to get busy now, with three Premier League games in less than a week leading into the two-legged League Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest.
Arsenal’s next midweek off will be in mid-to-late January, and they’ll face this period with a diminished squad due to AFCON and the growing threat of Covid infections.
For now, however, most of Arsenal’s players are set to be available as Mikel Arteta’s side prepare to take on Norwich City this weekend.
We’re expecting Arteta to go as strong as possible, especially when you never know which games are going to be postponed. You may as well pick up the points while you have the chance and worry about the next game afterward.
Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup for the clash.
Even though Leno didn’t do anything particularly wrong in the Sunderland match, you could see the difference in and out of possession when Ramsdale isn’t in the team.
At the time, Tomiyasu’s injury didn’t seem to be anything too serious, and we haven’t heard anything further about it, so we’ll assume he’s fit to start. If he isn’t, it will be Cedric Soares, given Calum Chambers’ Covid-19 absence.
This will likely be the last chance for Thomas Partey to feature ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, so he should definitely start alongside Granit Xhaka. Martin Odegaard came off early against Sunderland, so he should be ready to complete the midfield.
Arsenal don’t really have too many alternative options in midfield right now. They’ll have even fewer when Elneny and Partey head off.
The front three pretty much picks itself at the moment, with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli nailed on for starts, and Alexandre Lacazette extremely likely to join them in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s probable absence.
Emile Smith Rowe is seemingly ready to start matches again after his injury, it’s just hard for him to displace a couple of Arsenal’s Player of the Month candidates in Martinelli and Odegaard.
Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick may have him in contention for plenty more minutes in January when Aubameyang is at AFCON, but perhaps not immediately, given he’s just played 90 minutes.