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Norwich City can pile more misery on to Arsenal if they halt habit of conceding early goals

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After what feels like an eternity, Norwich City are back in action this weekend with a trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.

As has been well documented, the Gunners are the only side below us, having also suffered defeat in all three of their opening games.

Given the talent Mikel Arteta has at his disposal, no one expects Arsenal to remain in that position for long – nor would it be wise to anticipate anything other than a difficult match.

Norwich City supporter Ed Seaman
Norwich City supporter Ed Seaman

But with confidence dented – and question marks over the Spaniard’s future – there is an opportunity for us to pile on the misery. To do so, it is vital we get off to a strong start and not concede in the first 10 minutes, as has been the case against both Man City and Leicester.

I’d be surprised if Mathias Normann wasn’t drafted straight into the midfield, to provide more defensive acumen. Despite a lack of time on the training pitch, the Norwegian arrives in full fitness, having started two of his country’s three qualifiers during the international break, including a 1-1 draw with The Netherlands.

I wouldn’t, however, expect to see fellow new signing Ozan Kabak rushed into action. The Turkish international’s 45-minute substitute appearance on Tuesday night – in a 6-1 defeat to the Dutch – was his first outing since a pre-Euro 2020 friendly back in June.

While it is likely Daniel Farke will stick with Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson at the back, Andrew Omobamidele continues to stake his claim for inclusion.

The 19-year-old had a stellar international break with Ireland – following up his debut against Portugal with a mightily impressive performance against Serbia.

Whether it is this weekend or not, Farke has shown throughout his reign that he is willing to give chances to young players – and I don’t think it will be long before we see Omobamidele on a Premier League team sheet. All the evidence suggests he is ready for it.

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