Mikel Arteta & co. will lock horns with Norwich City at Emirates stadium this afternoon in the Premier League matchday four of the season.
The Gunners are aiming of bounce back from their three consecutive league defeats with the north London club currently in the middle of their worst start to a campaign in 67 years.
Due to illness and injuries problem, Mikel Arteta has missed majority of his first-team squad, with resulting made his side’s suffered 2-0 defeat Brentford and Chelsea before defending champions Manchester City thrashed his men’s 5-0 at Etihad before the international break.
With Arsenal splashed out over £150million on sixth players during recently closed summer transfer window and availability of such players like Partey, Gabriel, Lacazette, Saka and Aubameyang, Mikel Arteta can deliver this term despite his side’s sit bottom of the table after three league fixtures.
And ahead of Saturday’s clash against Daniel Farke’s Canaries side, Arsenal are have been handed major injury boosts after Thomas Partey, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes were pictured taking part in training with the group since early of the week.
The Gunners trio, missed their side’s first three opening league games following Covid-19 infection and a knee injury respectively, but started group training session with their team-mates on Monday, and followed with series of impressive display in mid-week session before end it up on Friday afternoon as they ready to help their side’s start getting the point.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, who joined the north London club from Serie A side Bologna in region fee of £16million on transfer deadline day last week, also appeared at London Colney for the first time since announced as Arsenal’s sixth summer signing.
Due to international break, the versatile defender on unable to linkup with his new team-mates, but on Thursday Tomiyasu trained alongside his new team-mates for the first time while also held talks with his boss Mikel Arteta after his work permit was approved.
The Japan international, who comfortable at right-back or in central defence, showcased series of impressive display at London Colney and is expected to make his debut when Gunners face Norwich at Emirates later today.
Smith-Rowe, who battled with illness in recent days also fit for the selection after talking part during the Gunners final preparations at London Colney on Friday morning.
Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nicolas Pepe, Nuno Tavares, Martin Odegaard, Alexandre Lacazette, Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Martinelli, and Aubameyang were also in good shape as they prepared to kick-off getting point after consecutive three league defeated.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is likely to make some changes to the side that started last routine, with Ben White, Gabriel Magalheas, Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu likely to get start against the Canaries.
Aaron Ramsdale is expected to handed his first league start in Arsenal shirt after Bernd Leno endured a difficult game at Etihad before the international break.
The Englishman could between the sticks against Norwich while Leno will remain back-up option for Mikel Arteta.
As for the defensive unit, there’s a lot of changes, with Ben White and Gabriel Magalheas made returned to London Colney training based early of the season, there’s no doubt, the two first-choices of Mikel Arteta could start at the hearts of Arsenal defence while Mari Holding should be other option for the Spanish coach.
After series of impressive display at London Colney, Tomiyasu is expected to make his debut as right-back against Norwich while Kieran Tierney could feature at left-back. Cedric Soares, Calum Chambers and Nuno Tavares could be others option.
As for the middle of the park, Granit Xhaka is contracted with Covid-19, also start served his suspension, as a result of that Sambi Lokonga, who made impressive start to the life in London could handed his full home debut.
Thomas Partey could partner the Belgium international, after taking part in series of training session at London Colney in recent days. Mohamed Elneny is not available due to injury problem and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be other options in middle of park for Mikel Arteta, who eager to get his first win o the season.
Martin Odegaard could slot into his preferred number 10 role, and due to Emile Smith-Rowe illness in recent days, the Englishman likely to start from bench and Nicolas Pepe could handed to start at flanked while Bukayo Saka will start on the right wing where he is most effective.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected lead the line against Norwich City, while Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah could be other options for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Aubameyang
Where is the match being played? at the Emirates stadium.
When is kick off? Saturday 11 September, at 3:00PM
Where to watch Arseno vs Norwich
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.