Team news, statistics and predictions ahead of Norwich-Arsenal in the Premier League on Boxing Day; kick-off 15:00.
Norwich Head coach Dean Smith is again grappling with coronavirus concerns ahead of the Premier League match against Arsenal on Boxing Day.
The club is waiting for the PCR results to determine who will be available, having seen the previous match at West Ham canceled due to sold out numbers.
Striker Milot Rashica (groin) has not yet returned to the field, while defensive midfielder Mathias Normann is ready for a long period of inactivity following pelvic surgery. Captain Grant Hanley (shoulder), defenders Christoph Zimmermann (ankle) and Andrew Omobamidele (back) are still out.
Arsenal they should do without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the fifth straight game following his recent domestic disciplinary action.
The striker has already been stripped of the captain’s armband and boss Mikel Arteta was vague when asked about the availability of the Gabonese international on Wednesday, who is expected to participate in the African Nations Cup next month.
Also absent for the Gunners Sead Kolasinac (ankle) while in recent days Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Albert Sambi Lokonga have tested positive at Covid-19.
How to follow
Follow Norwich vs Arsenal on our live match blog. The highlights will also be published on Sky Sport’s digital platforms and on the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel starting at 5.15pm on Boxing Day.
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Jones Knows Prediction
Norwich have failed to score against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal this season, losing all of those games to nil. There is no need to overcomplicate things for this match, so claiming another nil win for Arsenal at 5/4 with Sky Bet seems like a smart game.
Since forming axis Ben White, Gabriel and Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal have conceded no goals until the 38th minute in those 14 games. It is providing Mikel Arteta with a fantastic platform to work with and the results are going well.
Arsenal’s record under Arteta against relegation-risk teams should also instill a lot of confidence in a comfortable away win without conceding a goal. The Gunners beat all relegated away sides without conceding last season to an 8-0 aggregate score and have already eliminated Burnley, Newcastle, Watford and Norwich while keeping a clean sheet this season.
SCORE FORECAST: 0-2
BET ANGLE: Arsenal wins to zero (5/4 with Sky Bet)