After losing their first two matches following their return from the lockdown break, Arsenal bounced back to win 2-0 at Southampton on Thursday evening. This is not Arsenal's best season yet, though, as they are now placed ninth in the Premiership at the time of wriiting and host bottom-of-the-table Norwich City. The away side are still six points from safety with seven games remaining.
Norwich go into the match as the definite underdogs, having beaten the Gunners just twice in 23 league matches since 1989 - Their most recent victory was recorded in 2012. The Canaries will be looking for their first victory in four league matches after losing to Everton, Southampton and Sheffield United. They also suffered a 2-1 extra time loss to Manchester United in the quarter finals of the FA Cup, a game that Norwich finished without one player following Tim Klose's dismissal in the 89th minute for a last man offence. The 10-man Norwich were, however, outstanding in extra time but an 118th minute goal by United knocked them out of the cup. They will want to repeat that kind of performance in the league now. Norwich have only won one away league game all season and with six points have the worst away record in the Premier League. Since their win at Everton in November, the Canaries have lost six of their eight away league games scoring just once in the last six..
Prior to the break, Arsenal had not lost a game in eight league games four of which were drawn. But they didn't make a good start when the season resumed, losing 3-0 at Manchester City and then giving away a lead and going down 2-1 at Brighton and Hove Albion. Their victory at Southampton, therefore, came at a welcome time as it helps boost their hopes of fqualifying for Europe.. Arsenal are now six points adrift of the sixth position that presently guarantees participation in the Europa League's group stages after Manchester City won the EFL Cup. Even seventh might be good enough and Arsenal are only two points off that position. Even though they will be playing in an empty stadium, a home advantage is desirable for Arsenal as they have won four and drawn one of their last five games at the Emirates. a good recovery after losing three in a row in December. Overall, the Gunners have won seven of their home league games . This is in addition to the fact that Arsenal have beaten Norwich in four of their last six head to head matches, two of which were drawn
Norwich are yet to get the formula for winning matches and they will be more anxious for a victory as they fight it out with Arsenal on Wednesday. The Gunners, on their part, have not found Norwich to be a particularly challenging competitor in recent times and we expect coach Mikel Arteta to pull all stops to ensure that they leave the match with full points. An Arsenal win looks likely and we fancy the odds of this result.