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Norwich host Arsenal in the Premier League on the second day of Christmas, despite confirming several positive cases of Covid-19 in the squad on Christmas Eve.

The visiting Gunners will be desperate after the match is played out and get into it in a rich form. Arsenal have really taken off again in recent weeks, having now won four games in a row in all competitions, while sitting in the top four of the Premier League.

Following losses to Manchester United and Everton, Mikel Arteta’s team has defeated Southampton, West Ham and Leeds in the previous three league matches before securing a semi-final place in the Carabao Cup thanks to a 5-1 attack against Sunderland on Tuesday.

They should be sure to take five on bounce against a team from Norwich that is apparently destined for a bottom-three finish this term. The Canary Islands had looked set to take shape under new boss Dean Smith but are now firmly planted at the foot of the Premier League table again after failing to win one of their previous five and losing all of their last three.

When is kick off? Sunday 26 December, 15:00 (GMT)Where is it played? Carrow Road TV channel? Sky Sports Soccer Special (UK), fuboTV (USA)Highlights? BBC Match of the Day (UK), Sky Sports Football YouTube Judge? Graham ScottWHERE? Lee Mason

Norwich have been hit by several new Covid-19 cases in the squad ahead of this.

Smith will also have to fight without Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann, Andrew Omobamidele and Milot Rashica who will all miss out due to injury. Mathias Normann has suffered a setback that will keep him away, even though he is expected to return.

Ozan Kabak is Available / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Elsewhere, Ozan Kabak has been ready to return.

You can read Norwich’s expected line-up here.

Arteta also has some Covid-19-related absences to contend with for his side’s visit to Carrow Road. Calum Chambers was the last to join Pablo Mari in isolation, although Albert Sambi Lokonga has resumed training. Ainsley Maitland-Niles will also be out of action due to an unrelated illness.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has proven to be an excellent signing / Craig Mercer / MB Media / GettyImages

Takehiro Tomiyasu was absent in the middle of the week after being forced out of Arsenal’s win over Leeds last weekend, and is still in doubt for this one. Cedric Soares made a brilliant save mid-week, so the Japanese defender’s return will probably not be rushed.

In the meantime, we’ll have to wait and see if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will get a return to the squad after missing the Gunners’ three previous appearances due to disciplinary reasons.

You can read Arsenal’s expected line-up here.

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal have dominated this match and won almost half of the two sides’ meetings. The Gunners have defeated Norwich 30 times in 61 meetings. while the Canary Islands have only 11 victories. There have been 20 draws.

Sunday’s visitors have also dominated in recent years and won seven of the last nine meetings, with the other two occasions resulting in draws.

Instead of looking at the heavyweight record between the two sides, however, it is much more fun to remember the surprising number of astonishing numbers made in this match. From Jack Wilshere’s sublime Premier League goal for the 2013/14 season to Mark Robin’s bold 1992/93 lob over David Seaman, the above compilation is well worth a look.

There is not much hope of a win in Norwich. Given the history books and the latest form, everything points to Arsenal taking all three points.

The Gunners seem to have found their feet under Arteta and, with 14 goals scored and only two conceded in their previous four games to brag about, they come to this match with an insatiable groove about themselves.

Norwich, on the other hand, is as far away from a dance atmosphere as you can be. Jojon already seems to have hit high, and the road down does not look so beautiful. There will no doubt be sparks from now until the end of the season, but for an inevitably relegation-threatened side, the visit to Arsenal is likely to bring some moments of joy.

Prediction: Norwich 1-3 Arsenal

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