Norwich and Arsenal have one thing in common, neither have a point registered on the League table. Ouch, that hurts! Norwich have been thumped twice, first by Man City and then Liverpool. Unlike Arsenal though, they have managed a goal. From the penalty spot against Leicester City.
Norwich City also made a number of signings in the summer, a similar number to our club but what they haven’t had to deal with is Covid and injuries to key players. It sounds like I’m making excuses for Mikel Arteta but I’m not, it’s reality.
However, only Mo Elneny (hamstring) and Granit Xhaka (suspended) are unavailable for today’s fixture according to the official website which is great for the team and manager. Norwich too have a couple of absentees today, Kabak is suspended whilst Bushiri is injured. The similarities are uncanny.
Much has been written in the newspapers and said on Sky Sports about Arsenal’s woes. So much, one might think the season is coming to end rather than being just three games in. There’s no escaping it though, Arsenal have been shocking in those matches. The performances were awful enough but the players attitude on the pitch was worse. Arsenal offered nothing. No threat and no fight, especially against Man City.
Two weeks have gone by since that City mauling. The reset button should have been hit hard during that time. I’ve no idea what’s gone on during this international break, if anything of course, but I really hope we see a very different attitude on the pitch from now on.
As said, Mikel Arteta has a fully fit squad bar two. He needs to start delivering on his promises. Today should be the beginning of fielding a settled team which can get this season up and running. Fans need to see a big performance, Mikel Arteta needs his players to deliver a big performance too.
I’m looking forward to seeing Partey and Lokonga in midfield together, Aubameyang enthusiastically getting some part of his body on the end of a Ødegaard, ESR or Saka defence splitting pass. Pepe bursting down the wing, cutting inside the defence and finishing in style. The pairing of White and Gabriel in the centre of defence and our two full-backs, one old, one new if Takehiro starts.
Honestly, our first 11/15 players are pretty darn good!
Anyway, let’s hope Arsenal can get the job done later and send The Emirates crowd home a lot happier than they probably were when they arrived.
See you in the comments.