Arsene Wenger and criticisms are never far away from each other. The Arsenal manager has once again seen his team go from chasing the title to scrapping for a fourth place finish. Next game for Arsenal is against the struggling Norwich who are fighting to avoid relegation this season.
Team selection will be a huge concern for Wenger as some of his stars are not performing to their desired levels. On that note, we take a look at three key questions which will be answered when Arsenal take on Norwich at Emiartes this weekend.
Will Arsenal’s forgotten man come to their rescue?
Theo Walcott has been nothing but a bench warmer in recent weeks, however, he could just be the man Arsenal needs to unlock Norwich’s defense this weekend. Olivier Giroud has not scored in his last 12 games, while Danny Welbeck’s failed attempts at getting past defenses have got monotonous lately.
That is where Walcott with his speed could come turn out to be the wildcard for his team. Walcott started the season on a high after scoring crucial goals and being Arsenal’s key striker. However, he has gone off the boil in recent weeks but could yet lead Arsenal’s attack in one of the most important games of their season.
Are Norwich safe bet to stay up?
Norwich were given double injury blow after Timm Klose and Andre Wisdom have been ruled out for rest of the season. In their absence, Alex Neil will find it hard to sort out his already fragile defense.
Sunderland and Newcastle have played well in last few days and have shown enough signs to pip Norwich for Premier League survival. This weekend will be a massive judge of Norwich’s chances of staying up this season. If The Hornets can even get a draw against Arsenal, it would put pressure back on the Tyneside clubs.
Are Arsenal players willing to fight for the top-4?
Season after season, Arsene Wenger has promised Arsenal players and the fans of realistic title hopes, however, every season ends with a scrappy top-4 fight.
There have already been rumours of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil not happy with Arsenal’s aspirations and where the club is headed. The game against Norwich will be a huge test to their will of fighting for a top-4 place after being in charge of the Premier League title race at the start of New Year.
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