Date: Sunday 26th December, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm
Stadium Carrow Road
Referee Graham Scott (England)
Ahead of their trip to Norfolk, Arsenal still have concerns over the fitness of first-choice right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, who came off early on against Leeds with a muscular problem. An ever-present since joining, the former Bologna defender sat out the EFL Cup tie in midweek and could be forced to watch from the sidelines again on Sunday.
Calum Chambers is the latest member of Mikel Arteta’s squad to be afflicted by COVID-19, joining Albert Sambi Lokonga and Pablo Mari in self-isolation, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been absent due to another illness.
Arteta has previously named the same starting lineup for four consecutive Premier League matches, and is expected to leave deposed captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out again, instead selecting Alexandre Lacazette up front.
Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Kabak, Gibson, Williams; Gilmour, Sorensen, McLean; Dowell, Pukki, Cantwell
The virus outbreak in Norwich’s camp, meanwhile, has yet to be quelled, with players including Josh Sargent and Christos Tzolis back in training ahead of Arsenal’s visit but other unnamed squad members this week testing positive for COVID-19.
Billy Gilmour and Dimitris Giannoulis had reported suffering symptoms after the Villa game, but could yet be included. Milot Rashica (groin) and Republic of Ireland defender Andrew Omobamidele (back) are still out injured though.
Following his Premier League debut in the loss at Tottenham, midfielder Jacob Sorensen has been called upon to fill in at centre-back for part of both subsequent games – deputising for Grant Hanley (shoulder) and Ozan Kabak (calf), who both remain doubtful for this weekend. He could now return to the engine room, as cover for the injured Mathias Normann.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Soares, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
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