Arsenal kept whatever hopes they have at Champions League qualification alive with their 2-0 win against Southampton. The chances are still slim, so they need to finish the season perfectly. Winning this match is necessary to keep those hopes alive.
Norwich City are also playing with slim hopes, but their hopes are to stay in the Premier League. They are six points from safety and are competing with a handful of teams. They need to have a sudden uptick and it needs to start as soon as possible.
Arsenal will be without Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli and Bernd Leno, while Mesut Ozil, David Luiz, Lucas Torreira and Cedric Soares are all doubts, according to Premier Injuries.com.
Norwich has issues as well with Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmerman and Sam Byram missing through injury and Timm Klose suspended, according to PremierInjuries.com.
Arsenal: Nicolas Pepe
Pepe has had an up and down experience since the restart. He’s had some highs, like his goal against Brighton, and some lows, like taking zero shots, creating only one chance and getting yanked off after 63 minutes against Southampton. Arsenal need him to have more highs and fewer lows for them to succeed now and in the future.
Norwich City: Todd Cantwell
Cantwell and Teemu Pukki are the only Canaries to score multiple Premier League goals this season. Cantwell’s goalscoring ability from midfield could take advantage of Arsenal’s recent use of a 3-4-3. Cantwell could be a spare man and have the freedom to ghost in to open the Gunners up.
Arsenal have the talent advantage and whatever home-field advantage exists in the current circumstances. They should win, based on those factors.
Prediction: 2-1 Arsenal