Arsenal and Norwich City contest a bottom-of-the-table encounter at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.

Arsenal have endured a wretched start to the new campaign which has seen them lose all three of their opening fixtures without scoring a goal and conceding nine themselves.

Losing to Brentford on the opening day was a source of disappointment for Mikel Arteta, but the first game of the season can often throw up errant results.

The loss to the Bees was followed up with brutal defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Manchester City, two of this season’s title favourites.

With no points and no goals, Arteta’s struggling Arsenal side went in to the recent international break rock bottom of the Premier League table, with rivals Spurs sitting at the summit to add insult to injury.

The Gunners welcome a Norwich City side to the Emirates on Saturday who themselves have conceded nine times and are also yet to register a point, but are a place above their hosts in the standings by virtue of having scored a goal this term.

Daniel Farke’s side could hardly have gotten off to a more difficult start since their return to the top flight following a season back in the Championship, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester their opening trio of games.

However, many feel the Canaries are better placed to survive in the top flight this time around, despite the loss of key midfielder Emi Buendia to Aston Villa.

With the way Arsenal have begun their campaign, there’s no doubt Norwich will be targeting this clash as winnable, but the statistics suggests the Carrow Road outfit may be in for a bumpy afternoon on Saturday.

Arsenal have lost just 2 of their last 18 top flight clashes with Norwich, and haven’t lost to the Canaries on home soil since 1992 in what was Norwich City’s first ever Premier League game.

In terms of team news Mikel Arteta will be without new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu, with the Japanese defender awaiting the arrival of a work permit.

Midfield will be of concern for the Gunners, with Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny both expected to sit out.

However, some more positive news comes in the form of Thomas Partey, Ben White and Eddie Nketiah, all of whom are available for selection having returned to full training this week.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has at least four first team players missing, with Dimitris Giannoulis, Sam Byram, Christoph Zimmermann and Przemyslaw Placheta all out.

Kenny McLean, Josh Sargent and Christos Tzolis will all be put through late fitness tests ahead of the trip to London, whilst Bali Mumba is a doubt after dislocating his knee prior to the international break.

Arsenal v Norwich City is a 3pm kick off on Saturday 11th September.

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