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In-form Arsenal take on Norwich at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Boxing Day as they look to solidify their fourth-place position

In-form Arsenal take on Norwich at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Boxing Day as they look to solidify their fourth-place position.

The Gunners defeated Leeds away from home convincingly in their last league game, while Norwich were beaten at home by Aston Villa.

Arsenal

It has been a good two weeks for Mikel Arteta’s side who have won their last four consecutive games in all competitions and booked a place in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

Their last league game involved a 1-4 demolition over Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side who were dominated on the day and went 0-3 down before half time thanks to two goals from Gabriel Martinelli and one from Bakayo Saka.

Though Raphinha put Leeds back in the game, Emile Smith Rowe secured all three points to take his side fourth – now just six points from third-placed Chelsea.

The win was added to with a 5-1 victory over Sunderland shortly after with Eddie Nketiah scoring a hat-trick to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The Gunners are undefeated against Norwich in their last five encounters, winning four and drawing just one – with the draw being only game at Carrow Road.

Norwich

The situation is a little different at Norwich who sit at the bottom of the Premier League and three points from safety ahead of their game with Arsenal.

Dean Smith faced his former side Aston Villa in the disappointing 0-2 defeat, with Jacob Ramsey and Ollie Watkins securing all three points for the visitors.

It means Norwich have no win in their last five Premier League games, with no goal scored in their last three – their last victory against Arsenal coming in 2012. The Canaries will be hoping to turn their fortunes around as games against Crystal Palace and Leicester conclude their December fixtures.

Team news

Mikel Arteta’s side have a number of players out, one namely being Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has been left out of the side and stripped of his captaincy last week.

Sead Kolasinac is out until January, while Takehiro Tomiyasu had to come off against Leeds and faces a late fitness test prior to the upcoming game.

The trio of Sambi Lokonga, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers are all out with coronavirus.

As for Norwich, they have similar troubles as Christos Tzolis, Lukas Rupp, Joshua Sargent and Pierre Lees-Melou all miss out due to coronavirus. Milot Rashica should be ready to face Arsenal in time, though Grant Hanley remains out.

Norwich City vs Arsenal – kick off at 3pm (UK time) on Sunday 26th December 2021

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