Arsenal have just been handed a big triple boost that can help them beat Norwich - TBR View
For Arsenal, the international break couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The Gunners sit bottom of the Premier League table without a point or goal to their name.
But after a long and painful wait while the World Cup qualifiers took place, Arsenal are back in action this weekend.
And over the past 24 hours, Mikel Arteta’s charges have received a triple boost that can go a long way on Saturday.
The Gunners host Norwich at the Emirates Stadium at 3pm.
Normally this is the kind of fixture the Arsenal fanbase wouldn’t really flinch at – a newly-promoted, struggling team at home.
But the stakes are high given how badly the Gunners have begun their season.
That said, Arsenal can call on most of their big guns against the Canaries.
Arsenal handed good news ahead of Norwich clash
Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White and Thomas Partey will be available – this we knew on Thursday.
Then in the evening, Takehiro Tomiyasu received his work permit, so he’s now available to feature against Norwich.
And on Friday, two players who were doubts for the game were pictured in training, suggesting they’re also available.
Emile Smith Rowe withdrew from the England Under-21s camp earlier this week as he was feeling unwell.
And Albert Sambi Lokonga missed out on Belgium’s final World Cup qualifier in September due to a knock.
ESR is obviously a quality player whose absence would’ve been missed in the final third.
And Lokonga’s availability, combined with Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka’s absence, suggests he could potentially partner Partey in midfield.
Come 2pm on Saturday, seeing a Lokonga / Partey double pivot on the team sheet would no doubt send Gunners fans into raptures.
And come 5pm, hopefully Arsenal will have beaten Norwich, registered their first win of the season and kickstarted the 2021-22 campaign.
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