Norwich vs Arsenal LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, Freddie Ljungberg makes changes


  • Arsenal have gone seven league and cup matches without a win for the first time since 1992
  • The Gunners earned just 30 points from 25 Premier League away games under Unai Emery
  • Promoted Norwich have lost four of their last five league games at Carrow Road
  • Eighteen points from 13 matches represents Arsenal’s worst start to a Premier League season

Norwich XI: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Hernandez, Cantwell, Trybull, Pukki, McLean, Amadou

Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Starting XI

13:00: Freddie Ljungberg’s first line up arrives. He’s recalled Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka to the starting XI…

Norwich XI: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Hernandez, Cantwell, Trybull, Pukki, McLean, Amadou.

Subs: Fahrmann, Roberts, Vrancic, Lewis, Buendia, Stiepermann, Srbeny.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Martinez, Tierney, Sokratis, Torreira, Pepe, Martinelli, Saka.


12:58: The starting XI’s should be released any moment now, folks. Always wondered (since Friday) what kind of attire Freddie Ljungberg would wear now he’s in the dugout. He’s got off the bus wearing a lovely great sweater with a blue shirt underneath. Causal chinos too. #FashionWatch

Small changes – Freddie

12:55: Freddie Ljungberg insists he is not going to simply “smash things up” and make radical changes after being appointed as Arsenal’s interim head coach.

Tactics and team selection were two areas highlighted by disgruntled supporters who were calling for Emery’s exit – which was then confirmed on Friday after a 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt the night before.

But Ljungberg is not ready to completely overhaul the set-up left in place by Emery.

“I think we have some great players and of course we’ve had some problems,” he said. “Of course small things will change. I’m not going to do anything radical because I don’t think that’s the best thing to do.”

Breaking news

12:50: Watford have sacked head coach Quique Sanchez Flores after just 85 days in the role.

The Premier League’s bottom club announced the departure of their second manager of the season the day after their 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Southampton.

Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said in a statement: “Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision.

“The appointment of a new head coach is imminent and, with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.”

Anyone else think Watford should probably stop printing the manager’s initials on the training tops? Just seems a waste…


12:45: Hello folks and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Norwich vs Arsenal from Carrow Road.

Well, there will be no more ‘Good Ebenings’ from Unai Emery as Gunners manager. The Spaniard was sacked after 18 months in charge following a run of seven games without a win.

But there’s no time to dwell as legendary underwear model Freddie Ljungberg begins his tenure.

The 42-year-old made 325 appearances for the Gunners and managed their Under-23 side before becoming Emery’s assistant earlier this year.

Should be an extremely interesting afternoon in the Premier League. Team news coming up any moment now.


Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell has been declared fit by manager Daniel Farke for the visit of Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

Cantwell had his foot in a protective boot following his side’s win at Everton and was not able to train at the start of the week, but the manager expects him to make a recovery in time.

Jamal Lewis returned to training this week after missing the trip to Merseyside with a knee issue, but Grant Hanley remains sidelined and Alex Tettey is unavailable for personal reasons.

Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of the Gunners for the first time since being announced as interim head coach following the sacking of Unai Emery on Friday.

He will be hoping David Luiz (bruised ribs) is fit after being forced off in the 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night, while Hector Bellerin (hamstring) will be assessed.

Dani Ceballos (hamstring) is a definite absentee but Sead Kolasinac has recovered from his own minor hamstring issue and could feature.