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Arsenal v Norwich: Paul Merson makes his score prediction

Arsenal are finally back in Premier League action today following an anxious wait over the international break.

The Gunners have lost their three opening games, shipping nine goals and failing to even score once, and sit bottom of the table.

Admittedly, two of Arsenal’s three games were against title challengers in Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Nonetheless, Gunners fans would’ve expected more from a side supposedly looking to get back to that level.

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However, Arsenal’s next fixture is relatively kind on paper – Norwich at the Emirates Stadium in a 3pm kickoff.

Norwich also have no points this season and have conceded one more goal than Arsenal.

The stakes are high for Mikel Arteta and his charges, but the Gunners have received several boosts.

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Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White and Thomas Partey are available for selection once again.

Meanwhile, Takehiro Tomiyasu has reportedly been handed his work permit and should also play.

And on Friday, Emile Smith Rowe and Albert Sambi Lokonga – two doubts for the game – took part in training.

“Big game for Arsenal”

Paul Merson, writing on Sportskeeda, gave his predictions for this week’s Premier League games.

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“If you asked Arsenal’s fans, players, and Mikel Arteta who they’d want to play at home immediately after the international break, I’m sure they’d all pick Norwich,” said the Gunners legend.

“This is where Arsenal’s season starts, and they cannot afford to drop points this weekend.

“Norwich City have looked out of their depth in the Premier League, and Arsenal’s fans will want something more from their team this weekend.

“This is a big game for Arsenal – I think they’re capable of rolling over the lesser teams and should be able to win this match by a considerable margin.”

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