Mikel Arteta could have yet more pressure heaped upon his shoulders should his Arsenal side continue a dismal start to the season as they host Norwich City.
Arsenal, currently bottom of the Premier League, welcome the second-from-bottom side with each bearing identical records of played three, lost three, and both having found time to fit in a drubbing from champions Manchester City.
While there is plenty of time left to make up for early misfirings, both will be eyeing a victory to lift them from their basement dwellings and gather much-needed early season confidence.
Daniel Farke’s side have conceded ten goals already, and were beaten 4-0 the last time these two met.
All of Gabriel, Thomas Partey and Ben White have been declared fit to play and will be available to Arteta, a significant boost for the Spaniard.
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Arsenal head the head-to-head record
Arsenal have suffered their worst start to a season in 67 years. But at least one set of figures reads in their favour.
Of the 18 times these clubs have met in the Premier League, Arsenal have won half of the matches with Norwich winning just twice.
The last of those Canaries victories was in 2012 when Grant Holt scored the only goal at Carrow Road.
Early Arsenal team news
Arsenal have been boosted by a number of players returning to fitness ahead of today’s match against fellow strugglers Norwich.
Ben White (Covid-19), Gabriel (knee) and Thomas Partey (ankle) are all fit and should start the game at Emirates Stadium.
New signing Takehiro Tomiyasu could also make his Arsenal debut after joining from Bologna on deadline day after his work permit was approved on Thursday afternoon.
Arsenal are checking on the fitness of players returning from international duty, such as Emile Smith Rowe, who reported ill while with England’s Under-21s.
Albert Sambi Lokonga also had a small issue while with Belgium and missed their game against Belarus, but it is hoped he will be fit.
Granit Xhaka is suspended for the game with Norwich, while Mohamed Elneny is out due to a hamstring strain.
Welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of today’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Norwich.
We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of a 3:00pm kick-off…