Arsenal - Norwich City Preview: Three points essential for Canaries as relegation battle heats up

Preview ahead of Norwich City's crucial game away to Arsenal as the season comes to a close.

Arsenal - Norwich City Preview: Three points essential for Canaries as relegation battle heats up
Source: VAVEL (Jonny Walsh)

Norwich City travel to the Emirates Stadium today in the seek for three points as they currently stare relegation in the face, sat in 17th place in the Premier League table. The hosts, Arsenal will also be in desperate need for three points, as their top four hopes are in doubt following the Gunners' abysmal run of form since Christmas. 

Form

Arsene Wenger's team have won just one of their pervious three games. A 2-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion two weeks ago provided Arsenal with a pressure relieving three points. However, the pressure remains on the shoulders of the players and the manager after their 0-0 draw with Sunderland, who fight for their lives towards the bottom of the league table.

Even in victory, the Gunners have not been providing their fans with attractive and convincing performances, something that Alex Neil's team will look to take advantage of. 

Like Arsenal, Norwich have collected three points from just one of their previous three games; a 3-2 victory over fellow relegation fighters, Newcastle United. Norwich's hopes of survival were left damaged after their last outing saw the Canaries suffer a demolishing from Sunderland, who they currently sit below in the table based upon goal difference. 

Mesut Özil has three goals in his previous two games against Norwich. Will he be on target once more? Source: Daily Mail
Mesut Özil has three goals in his previous two games against Norwich. Will he be on target once more? Source: Daily Mail

Team news

For the first time in a while, Arsene Wenger has been given a boost with the news that the whole squad is available for selection following a clearance of injuries. Newly returning Jack Wilshere,  Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature on the bench for the home side. 

Defender Timm Klose remains a doubt for Norwich ahead of their trip to North London after missing their previous game due to injury. Fellow defender, Andre Wisdom could return to the squad after returning from injury, however his chances of playing could be a tad premature. 

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin; Coquelin, Elneny; Iwobi, Özil, Alexis; Welbeck 

Norwich City (4-4-2): Ruddy; Wisdom, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, O’Neil, Howson, Brady; Naismith, Mbokani

The reverse fixture earlier in the season resulted in a 1-1 draw, Norwich will be hoping for a similar result, but will require three points should Sunderland collect any points in Stoke today. Fan protests are expected to take place at the Emirates today, adding more pressure to Arsenal to take all three points from this fixture.