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Arsenal vs Norwich: Team News, Starting XI & Score Prediction

Arsenal face Norwich in today’s early kick-off (and the only Premier League game today because of the FA Cup Final) knowing that 3 vital points will help us edge a bit closer to automatic Champions League qualification.

It is looking very likely that Pat Rice will retire at the end of the season (i.e next week), meaning that this will be his last home game as assistant manager – a job which he has held since Arsène Wenger’s appointment in 1996. Rice also sits 7th on the Arsenal all-time appearances list, having played for the club 528 times between 1966 and 1980. Needless to say, we wish Pat all the best of luck in the future. He is a true Arsenal legend.

Team News:

There are very few changes from the team that drew against Stoke last week.

  • Johan Djourou is back in the squad after recovering from a foot injury. He replaces Sebastian Squillaci.
  • Park Chu Young looks set to replace the injured Abou Diaby, who has been ruled out for the last two games of the season with a calf problem.
  • Theo Walcott is out, but could be fit for the final game of the season against West Brom.

Predicted Starting XI

The team I have predicted is exactly the same line-up as last week against Stoke. Yossi Benayoun seems to be getting the nod ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while we are left with very little room for maneuver in midfield and the defence is clearly the strongest possible.

Score Prediction:

Arsenal 2-0 Norwich I have predicted a much-needed win and clean-sheet (as long as our defenders don’t switch off and make silly mistakes…) with goals from Robin van Persie and Benayoun. I have decided to be very specific this time. That said, absolutely anything could happen because Arsenal’s recent form (WWLDD) has been slightly patchy.

One thought on “Arsenal vs Norwich: Team News, Starting XI & Score Prediction

  1. The BearMan

    It appears we are paying the price for buying “bargain bucket” players. Firstly they contribute very little and their sell on value is NiL. They prove to be excellent bench warmers and will drain your financial resources – as with a contract a club simply cannot take them out to sea and dispose of them over-board. Figuratively off-course. Then they hamper the development of young players in the reserves with much potential.

    Arsenal and a number of other clubs in order to go to the next level has to off-load players “prune” before it can recruit better players. The mistakes that was made was not sending the bench warmers to the bench warmers to join the reserves squad. Even to assist with the development / training programme. Perhaps that might have assisted with their own progress.

    For Arsenal to go to the next level, we must add 4 more quality players otherwise we would be left behind!

    Another must is coaches n coaching. How can we have a player making the same mistakes an entire season?
    It is vital Wenger bring in an assistant coach with clout. Not just another bench warmer and resources sucker that will not rock the boat. Wenger might know everything, but he certainly cannot do everything. Wisdom comes with age, let’s hope he exercise some. He needs a technician, defensive coach and someone that can spot the weakness of the pitch and suggest immediate change. No Yes Man Please!

    With two games to go, can Arsenal finish it’s first marathon in six seasons strongly???


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