Norwich City host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as the Gunners look to claim their first victory after seven winless games in all competitions and the first in the post-Unai Emery era.
Arsenal slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday evening in Emery's last game in charge of the north London club - the former PSG boss being given the boot on Friday morning.
Norwich themselves were on a seven game winless run following their shock 3-2 victory against Manchester City but were able to turn their fortunes around with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park against Everton, Daniel Farke's position seemingly not as volatile as Emery's was.
Freddie Ljungberg has taken over managerial responsibilities for Arsenal, albeit on an interim basis, and will be eager to claim his first victory against the Canaries.
Meanwhile, Farke will be hoping his Norwich side can secure all three points against another so called 'big six' club in their fight against relegation.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Sunday 1 December|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||14.00 (GMT)|
|Where Is it Played?||Carrow Road|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports Premier League HD|
Norwich starlet Todd Cantwell should return to action following the ankle injury he sustained against Everton on Saturday, while left-back Jamal Lewis could also feature after overcoming a knee issue.
However, Alex Tettey will be unavailable for selection for personal reasons while Grant Hanley (groin), Timm Klose (knee) and Josip Drmic (hamstring) also remain sidelined through injury.
Ljungberg has a few injury concerns of his own ahead of his first game in charge of Arsenal. David Luiz was subbed off due to a rib injury sustained against Eintracht Frankfurt, and Shkodran Mustafi was also withdrawn on Thursday night due to a foot problem.
The fitness of Sead Kolašinac and Héctor Bellerín will be assessed ahead of Sunday's game as both missed out on Thursday due to hamstring strains. Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos remains unavailable for selection due to a similar issue.
|Norwich:||Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram; Amadou, Trybull; Cantwell, McLean, Hernández; Pukki.|
|Arsenal:||Leno; Bellerín, Chambers, Holding, Tierney; Torreira, Xhaka; Pépé, Özil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.|
Head to Head
Norwich and Arsenal have faced off 16 times in the league prior to Sunday's fixture. Arsenal have recorded eight wins to Norwich's two, with the remaining six games ending in draws.
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last five against the Canaries and have scored 11 goals compared to Norwich's three in those games.
The last time Norwich managed to gain all three points against Arsenal in the league was in October 2012, Grant Holt netting the game's only goal.
As mentioned, neither team come into this fixture in a rich vein of form.
Arsenal haven't tasted victory in the Premier League since a 1-0 home win over Bournemouth back in October, and have only scored five goals in the league since then, notching three draws in their last five league games.
The Gunners are also winless in their last seven games across all competitions, something which had never happened in 1,235 matches under Arsene Wenger. More detrimental than the results were the performances that Emery was churning out of his players, and the introduction of Ljungberg will no doubt give the squad a confidence boost.
Here is how both teams have fared in their previous five fixtures.
|Everton 0-2 Norwich (23/11)||Arsenal 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt (28/11)|
|Norwich 0-2 Watford (8/11)||Arsenal 2-2 Southampton (23/11)|
|Brighton 2-0 Norwich (2/11)||Leicester 2-0 Arsenal (9/11)|
|Norwich 1-3 Manchester United (27/10)||Vitória SC 1-1 Arsenal (6/11)|
|Bournemouth 0-0 Norwich (19/10)||Arsenal 1-1 Wolves (2/11)|
Norwich will have been given a huge boost following their 2-0 victory over Everton on Saturday and will aim to carry that momentum into Sunday's fixture against an Arsenal side in disarray.
If the Canaries can find a way to play to Teemu Pukki's strengths then Norwich may well get a result against a defensively unorganised Arsenal side who have shipped six goals in their last three games in all competitions.
Under Ljungberg, the Gunners may play with more freedom and with a style of play that isn't too dissimilar to Wenger's. Expect free-flowing, attacking football from the away side who may finally break the pragmatic chains they experienced under Emery.