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Match preview: Arsenal v Norwich City

Norwich City face Arsenal in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off.

Our match preview takes a look at Arsenal's start to the season so far, the officials in charge of the game and how you can follow the action.

The opposition

Arsenal, disrupted by illness and injury, have not had the start to the season they would have liked. Missing key men like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette the Gunners fell to an opening day defeat at newly-promoted Brentford and then suffered losses at home to Chelsea and away at Manchester City.

Inbetween those games, Arsenal got an impressive Carabao Cup 6-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, in which Aubameyang netted a hat-trick alongside goals from Nicolas Pépé, Bukayo Saka, and Lacazette.

Head coach Mikel Arteta is also set to welcome defender Ben White back in the squad, after the England international defender returns back from quarantine, and Thomas Partey could also be in contention for a start having recovered from an ankle injury.

Arsenal will be without Swiss international Granit Xhaka though as he serves a three match suspension for the red card he picked up in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City last time out.

Head to head

Arsenal hold the advantage in terms of the head to head record, having won 29 of the 60 encounters between the two clubs, with Norwich winning 11 and the other 20 ending in draws.

Norwich's last trip to the Emirates was not a happy one, with Aubameyang (2), Xhaka and Cedric Soares scoring in a 4-0 win.

The Canaries' last success away at Arsenal came on the opening day of the Premier League in 1992 when Mark Robins scored a brace in a 4-2 victory.

Ref watch

Northumberland referee Michael Oliver has been appointed to take charge of Saturday's match, with Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett as his assistants, and Mike Dean in charge of the VAR.

Oliver has taken charge of seven games so far this season, including Arsenal's opening day defeat away at Brentford. His last time in charge of a Norwich City fixture was our 2-1 Emirates FA Cup victory over Burnley in January 2020.

How to follow

Away and junior members will have access to live audio commentary of tomorrow's trip to Arsenal. You can find out all the information you need on how to follow the game here.

Fan information

On arrival to Emirates, ticket holders aged 18 and over may be asked to provide proof of Covid-19 certification.

However, it is not currently a condition of entry to the stadium. You can find all the information with regards to the Emirates Covid-19 entry requirements here

Norwich fans attending game should also be aware that the normal pub for away fans, The Drayton, is currently shut for refurbishment and will not open on matchday.

Local police near their ground have also advised Norwich fans that if they want a drink pre-match that they will not be served in the pubs in and around the ground so they might want to think about drinking at Liverpool Street and then moving over to the ground after.

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