There’s no rest for the wicked in the Premier League as teams up and down England’s top flight attempt to push forward towards a positive end to the campaign. One team who is caught up in that mire is our beloved Arsenal, and while it may seem unlikely, it does still feel like there’s a chance they could end up qualifying for some form of European competition next season.
The next step towards doing so will come against Norwich City who, as we all know, have their own set of problems to deal with.
Back to back wins was exactly what the doctor ordered for Arsenal after their defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, and while there’s still a long way to go, manager Mikel Arteta has to be pleased about what he’s seeing from his team right now. There are still many, many issues, especially defensively, but you’ve got to work with what you’ve got – especially under the current set of circumstances. Arsenal used to be a real force at the Emirates, as we all know, and hopefully that trend can return even though there aren’t going to be any fans in attendance for a while.
While it may be a bit much to suggest all hope has gone at Carrow Road, Norwich City fans must be preparing for the inevitable now. Their side is cut six points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table, meaning that they’ll have to start doing something they haven’t done very often this season: win games. They’ve got some real quality in their ranks, too, which must be the most frustrating point of all. Perhaps promotion, in a bizarre way, came a little bit too soon for them.
Arsenal shouldn’t be afraid of Norwich, and they also shouldn’t be afraid to go for it from the first whistle. They need to lay down a statement of intent, scoring a few early goals in order to really kill off any momentum the Canaries might create for themselves.
The Gunners have a tough looking run-in ahead of them, and if they aren’t able to pick up the win here, most fans will start to really write off their chances of qualifying for Europe. They’ve got Wolves at the weekend, and that game alone is going to really put them to the test in ways that Norwich probably won’t.
Will Arsenal run through bottom of the table Norwich tonight?