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Arsenal predicted XI v Norwich: Six changes from Arteta, £17.6m man’s first start since hiatus

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Arsenal predicted XI v Norwich: Six changes from Arteta, £17.6m man’s first start since hiatus

Arsenal have put their post-restart rut behind them with two wins in a row, and up next for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners is their first game back at the Emirates Stadium since the resumpton of English football.

After trips to Manchester City, Brighton, Southampton and Sheffield United, Arsenal host Premier League strugglers Norwich City in North London hoping to make it three victories on the bounce.

Arteta’s 3-4-3 formation will likely be utilised again, and with Bernd Leno a long-term absentee, Emiliano Martinez is all but assured of another game in between the sticks.

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With David Luiz an injury doubt, Rob Holding is likely to return to the starting XI alongside Shkodran Mustafi, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos could take the third centre-back slot.

The £17.6million man has made 19 Premier League appearances but is yet to start a game this side of the football hiatus.

Kieran Tierney has been excellent since the restart and should get the nod at left wing-back ahead of Sead Kolasinac, who wasn’t particularly impressive against the Blades.

 

On the other flank, Hector Bellerin will probably be reinstated in place of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, though Cedric Soares is now fully fit – the Gunners are well stocked in that area.

In midfield, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos should once again feature in midfield, the duo having done well when playing together – this means Joe Willock is out, however.

And finally, up front, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely take Bukayo Saka’s spot on the left, Eddie Nketiah takes over from Alexandre Lacazette, and Nicolas Pepe keeps his spot.

Arsenal predicted starting XI against Norwich: Martinez; Mustafi, Holding, Sokratis; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

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