Norwich City v Arsenal - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 11th May 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.

Odds: Norwich City 7/2, Draw 14/5, Arsenal 10/11

Last season: 1-0

Preview & injury news

Norwich City are waving goodbye to the Premier League this weekend after three seasons. Though not officially relegated, their goal difference is significantly worse than that of West Bromwich Albion's who currently sit in 17th place, three points ahead of them. Prior to last Sunday's creditable draw against Chelsea, the Canaries had lost five on the bounce and new manager Neil Adams has been unable to save them from dropping to the Championship.

Arsenal, however, may rest a few players for this game as they have secured qualification for next season's Champions League, and have the FA Cup final against Hull City to look forward next week. They will be looking to keep up the momentum that they've built up over the closing games of the season having won each of their last four Premier League matches, and players will be wanting to cement their place in the starting XI for next week's occasion at Wembley.

On the injury front, there is an outside chance that Joseph Yobo could be fit for Norwich City after a calf problem whilst Anthony Pilkington is likely to miss out due to a thigh injury. For Arsenal, Jack Wilshere is likely to be part of the squad after recovering from a broken foot but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss out due to a groin problem. Aaron Ramsey could play after an issue with his thigh, whilst Kieran Gibbs is said to be in contention after an ankle problem. Serge Gnabry is struggling with a knee injury.

Key stats

Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:

Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 16 35 3,007
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 9 22 1,701
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 8 19 1,082
Gary Hooper Norwich FW 6 31 1,986
Robert Snodgrass Norwich MF 6 29 2,482
Leroy Fer Norwich MF 3 29 2,465

Their average possession statistics: 

  Possession PercentagePlayed
Arsenal 56.24 37
Norwich City 45.41 37

And the amount of clean sheets they have kept during this campaign:

  Clean SheetPlayed
Arsenal 16 37
Norwich City 12 37

5 players to watch

Gary Hooper - He was brought in from Celtic at the start of the season to score goals for the Canaries, but has unfortunately only managed the six. However, it is expected he will lead the line for the final day of the season, and he may have a point to prove as some will have expected him to be more prolific in front of goal this term.

Jack Wilshere - There is a chance that Wilshere could return this weekend from a broken foot he picked up in an England friendly. It will be a welcome return for the Gunners if that's the case a week ahead of the cup final, and if he does play he will need to show he is in good condition if he wants to be considered for selection at Wembley.

Robert Snodgrass - Snodgrass has probably been one of Norwich's best performers this season, and has looked lively on the flank ever since Neil Adams took charge of first team affairs. With some uncertainty over who will play at left-back for Arsenal this weekend, Snodgrass could have a successful afternoon he plays well enough. 

Olivier Giroud - It will be interesting to see what Arsene Wenger does with Giroud, as this may be one of those games he starts from the bench, which would allow Yaya Sanogo to start. But Giroud has been in pretty decent form of late, so if he gets a run out late on in the game, expect him to be a threat.

John Ruddy - He is on the fringes of the England squad but he may be the goalkeeper to miss out for the World Cup. However, if he puts in a good performance on Sunday afternoon it may give Roy Hodgson something to think about late in the day as he thinks ahead to Brazil.

Earlier on in the season

Arsenal 4-1 Norwich City, October 2013

This game had one of the goal of the season contenders as Arsenal kept up their good run to stay top of the league. Jack Wilshere finished off a wonderful move to give the hosts the lead after some very clever play which resulted in Wilshere volleying home for the only goal of the half. Mesut Ozil doubled the home side's advantage just before the hour mark after finishing well by tucking away an Olivier Giroud cross. Jonny Howson pulled one back after the Gunners defence failed to deal with a Martin Olsson cross but Aaron Ramsey made sure of the points with less than ten minutes to go as he scored a terrific solo goal. Ramsey then set up Ozil for number four to round off the scoring. 

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