Arsenal return to action this weekend as they host Norwich in what is unfortunately a must-win game.
Arsenal currently sit dead bottom on 0 points from three games and are yet to even register a league goal. In fairness, two of those losses have been to arguably the two best sides in the league, however, there is no denying that Arsenal have looked significantly off the pace so far.
This weekend is a chance to get back on the horse and get a big win on the board. We will for the first time this season be able to field our strongest team. Gabriel, White and Partey are all returning to the side and Tomiyasu could be in contention for a debut.
In that sense, it is an opportunity for Arsenal fans to get excited. White and Gabriel should be a far more solid duo than any other available at the club, and hopefully Partey and Lokonga will have the forward thinking to get us high up the pitch.
This game should suit us; for large parts of the game Norwich will sit off and try to defend, however they also have players who seek to press at times in packs. If Partey, Gabriel and White are as composed as their usual selves, we should be able to play through that press and get the ball to Smith Rowe and Odegaard in pockets of space.
PREDICTED LINEUP: Leno, Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Saka, Aubameyang
I think that Arteta will give Tomiyasu some time to settle before throwing him in and might prefer Mari to Gabriel as Gabriel has just returned to fitness. However, I see him relying on the same front 4 used at City which I am happy with. Smith Rowe, Odegaard and Saka are the most creative players at the club right now so we have to cater to them.
DESIRED LINEUP: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Saka, Aubameyang
A few subtle differences. Ramsdale has been very promising so far and I think deserves a Premier League start. At right-back, we know what Chambers and Cedric offer and we know that it is sub-standard. So why don’t we take a chance with Tomiyasu. In fairness, he will only have had a couple of training sessions by the time Saturday comes so I doubt he will start, but I am so tired of our current right-backs that it’s what I want to see. This strike me as the game where we can get Auba firing in the Premier League.
I am both nervous and excited for this game. Nervous because we have made it a must-win for ourselves. Yet, excited because we can finally see our best players all at once. We are a different team with Partey in it and keeping him fit in my mind is what will determine whether we can push for a high finish or settle for yet another poor season.
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