Aaron Ramsey will return to the starting line-up as Arsenal FC travel to face Norwich City in their last game of the Premier League campaign.
Arsenal travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City in their final game of the Premier League campaign. Both the teams don’t have much to play for in this game other than the proverbial pride. Arsenal have already secured their place in the top four and won’t be able to catch Chelsea in third duo to their inferior goal difference. Similarly Norwich don’t have much hope of making up the goal difference with West Bromwich Albion and are sure to be relegated from the Premier League.
But Arsenal will be keen to maintain their five match winning streak against Norwich in order to go into the FA Cup final against Hull City in the right frame of mind. This match will provide the Gunners with the right opportunity to prepare for, what will be their biggest game of the season so far in Wembley.
Arsene Wenger doesn’t have any new injury concern ahead of this fixture. Abou Diaby, Serge Gnabry, Ryo Miyaichi and Theo Walcott remain at the side-lines. But the Frenchman insisted that Aaron Ramsey is likely to return to the squad for this game after missing out the last match against West Bromwich Albion. The good news is that Jack Wilshere, who has been struggling with his fitness since the 1-0 loss against Stoke City back in March, could also be part of the squad on Sunday.
“We have everybody available who played against West Brom. We could have the return of Ramsey, he’s available again. Wilshere could be in the squad for Sunday as well.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Kieran Gibbs, whose last appearance was the FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan Athletic last month, will also return to the squad after recovering from his ankle injury, but Wenger confirmed the absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“Kieran Gibbs will be back in the squad as well. He is in normal training at the moment. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will still be out.” – Wenger added.
When asked about the possibility of Oxlade-Chamberlain recovering in time for the FA Cup final, Wenger said:” I don’t know yet. He has not at all practised with the first team.”
Arsene Wenger is likely to make just one change to the starting eleven he selected against West Brom last week. Aaron Ramsey will replace Mathieu Flamini in the midfield as he resumes his partnership with Mikel Arteta in the pivot. Nacho Monreal will start at left back as Wenger is unlikely to risk Gibbs’ fitness ahead of the FA Cup final. Jack Wilshere will start on the bench.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Szczesny (GK); Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski; Giroud