January 20


first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)OSPINA, BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,ELNENY, COQUELIN,SANCHEZ, OZIL, IWOBI, WELBECKMBOKANI, NAISMITH,BRADY, O’NEIL, HOWSON, JARVIS, OLSSON, MARTIN, BENNETT, WISDOM, RUDDYNORWICH (4-4-1-1)Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by one of the relegation-threatened sides, Sunderland.That point enabled Sunderland to move out of the bottom three, leap-frogging Norwich City, who arrive in North London desperate for points to retain their top-flight status.Sunderland and Norwich are level on 31 points, but they have a game in hand on Newcastle United, who are on 30 points and currently 19th in the table.Having beaten West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle, Norwich were on a roll. But they have lost their last two, at Crystal Palace and at home to Sunderland and face the Gunners, having lost 11 of their last 13 away games.However, when they met Arsenal at Carrow Road last November, they earned a valuable draw with Lewis Grabban – now at Bournemouth – ruling out Mesut Ozil’s early goal.This fixture tends to produce goals. Six of the seven Premier League meetings at Arsenal have produced at least four goals and a total of 32. Norwich’s only Premier League win there was in August 1992 when they won 4-2 in the inaugural weekend of the competition. Since then, they have drawn two and lost four.Arsenal are unbeaten in seven league games but can no longer win the title and need to win to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Jack Wilshere made his first appearance of the season as a late substitute following a season out with a leg injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are out while they test Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini.Norwich, meanwhile, check on Russell Martin and Andre Wisdom while Timm Klose and Alexander Tettey are out.last_img read more