ARSENAL head to East Anglia as they take on strugglers Norwich in the Premier League.
The Gunners have been in excellent form under Mikel Arteta this season and are up into fourth place and a potential Champions League spot.
Norwich are looking to cause an upset against ArsenalCredit: Reuters
Alexandre Lacazette has taken up a central role following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s removal as captainCredit: Reuters
Norwich have improved slightly under Dean Smith but still sit bottom of the table with three defeats and no goals scored in their past three games.
In their last fixture they were edged out 1-0 at home to Man Utd.
Ahead of this match, Arteta has stated his hope that the Premier League will not be forced behind closed doors again due to the Omicron variant.
He said: “Please don’t go back to that stage. We have experienced that and it is something that we don’t like, so hopefully it is not what happens.
“It’s a different sport and football is all about sharing it with people, and having fans around the stadiums.
“When it is not, it’s a completely different sport and the competition gets, I don’t know, lost. It’s not the same.
“We will play like we have to play. What I am saying is that obviously nobody wants to go back to where we were because we have already experienced it – and it is not something we enjoyed a lot.
“But if we have to carry on doing that, of course we will.”
What time does Norwich vs Arsenal kick off?
- Norwich host Arsenal on Sunday, December 26.
- The match kicks off at 3pm UK time.
- It will be played at Carrow Road.
- The sides last met in September when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal to secure Arsenal’s first win of the season.
What TV channel is Norwich vs Arsenal on and can I live stream it?
- Unfortunately, Norwich vs Arsenal is not live on UK television, as Uefa’s blackout rules still apply even on Boxing Day.
- NBCSN has the rights to the Premier League in the United States.
- To stream the game live, US viewers can head to FuboTV.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will continue to be frozen out for the trip to Norwich, barring a change of heart from boss Mikel Arteta.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is back in contention for the Boxing Day clash after hobbling off in the 4-1 win at Leeds last week.
Albert Sambi Lokonga is still missing for the Gunners, due to an illness, which is the same for Pablo Mari.
Saed Kolasinac is out long term with an ongoing ankle problem.
For the Canaries, Mathias Normann is in contention to play after an abdominal strain, Grant Hanley is out with a shoulder issue.
Josh Sargent, Pierre Lees Melou, Christos Tzolis and Lukas Rupp are all absent with illness.
Milot Raschia, Andrew Omobamidele and Christopher Zimmerman are also out.
*Odds from Betfair correct as of Thursday, December 23
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