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The Premiership is back, Wilshere is Back

After the international lull, the premiership returns, todays away game against Norwich sees Jack Wilshere make his comeback to the first team, ending a 17 month spell on the sidelines.

After a mid-week closed doors friendly against a Chelsea XI saw Jack play a full 90 minutes it seems that Wenger has deemed him fit enough to complete his rehabilitation to the first team. Although no one is expecting him to be firing on all cylinders straight away, it is great to have him back, providing genuine competition in the midfield.

Here’s how we expect them to lineup:

Arsenal line-up against Norwich

With Kieran Gibbs out injured, Andre Santos is set for a rare start and will be looking to impress after falling behind in the pecking order.

With Theo Walcott picking up an injury in the international break,  in form Gervinho looks set to start on the right instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain who has looked a little tired recently. Which means that Olivier Giroud will be handed another chance to add his tally after scoring his first EPL goal against West Ham.

With Diaby still injured, Ramsey looks the obvious choice in centre midfield but has looked more effective after coming off the subs bench.

Injuries: 

Koscielny (back), Walcott (chest), Diaby (thigh), Gibbs (thigh), Rosicky (hamstring), Szczesny (ankle), Fabianski (back)

 

Norwich are sitting second from bottom in the table, have scored fewer goals than any other team in the league and are still without a win.  Still, Arsene Wenger is taking no chances:

“Not much has changed for them. They have the same positive attitude, the same drive going forward and the same quality of the game on the ground. It’s very similar.

On their day, Norwich are the type of team that can cause us problems, Grant Holt is a typical example of a striker that has the capacity to unsettle our defence, and Chris Houghton is great at organising his teams. However, defeating West Ham away after going behind, will give the boys a lot of confidence, as will seeing that Jack Wilshere is on the sidelines, itching to get on  the field and show what he can do. I’m hoping we’ll have enough in the locker to beat them today.

 

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