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[Predicted Line-up]Arsenal vs Norwich: Welbeck returns, Paulista out


Arsene Wenger will be taking charge of his 750th Premier League game as Arsenal host Norwich City in a crucial match for both clubs on Saturday.

The Gunners have let a golden opportunity of winning the league slip off. The London outfits blew off the chance of capitalizing on the below-par performances of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City to win the title.

Currently sitting 4th with 64 points-same as Manchester City who boast of a better goal difference in the 3rd place- on the league table, the game against the Canaries is a must win, with Man United who has a game in hand and just 5 points behind, mounting a serious challenge to make it to the Champions League next season.Norwich

Norwich are yet to record a win at Arsenal since the first day of the Premier League in 1992 where they came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 within 21 minutes to the of that match. They have lost four and drew in their subsequent league visits to Arsenal.

Man City’s engagement in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday might affect their performance against Southampton and we should be able to take advantage of that to move to the 3rd position.

The two teams meet next weekend in what could be the deciding match in the race for a Champions League spot.

The Canaries would want make things difficult for us as they are fighting to retain their Premiership status, but we can boast of a full healthy squad with the return of Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-chamberlain, which should make it easier.

We have drawn three of our last four league matches and won just two of the last seven home games in all competitions but a 2-0 win is not impossible.

We will have themselves to blame should they lose points in this game, as Manchester United who have a game in hand would close in on us. However, I expect the players to play file out strongly – ignoring whatever the protesting fans will have to say.

Predicted XI: Cech; Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscienly, Bellerin; Elneny, Ramsey; Ozil, Sanchez, Iwobi; Welbeck.

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