Norwich vs Arsenal LIVE! Premier League

    After three straight wins in the Premier League, Arsenal are looking to strengthen their position in fourth place when they travel to bottom side Norwich.

    Arsenal are flying at the moment under Mikel Arteta and have opened up a four-point lead over fifth-placed West Ham.

    The teams directly below them do have games in hand but the Gunners will fancy their chances of another win to put the pressure on their top-four rivals.

    A win for Arsenal would move them to within three points of third-placed Chelsea, who are not in action until later on Boxing Day when they travel to Aston Villa.

    Norwich go into the game off the back of three straight defeats under Dean Smith, and they have been struggling with a Covid outbreak in their squad.

    With kick-off at 3pm BST, follow all the action with Simon Collings at Carrow Road and Malik Ouzia.

    Live updates

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    23 mins: Odegaard’s hobbling around after being caught by McLean. It was a definite foul but nothing given. Looks like a sore one but nothing lasting and he’ll run it off.

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    17 mins: Lovely feet from Odegaard, who is running the show, and his little disguised pass is so good that it also fools Lacazette. The Frenchman would’ve been in if he’d just let it run across him but he controls instinctively and is crowded out.

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    12 mins: Thomas Partey looks much more like his old self recently, He’s just pinged a lovely cross-field ball, first time to Saka, and he looks in the mood. Having Xhaka alongside him must help.

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    Simon Collings is at Carrow Road

    A nice goal from Arsenal. There has been a marked change in recent weeks where they are pressing higher to win the ball. We saw the benefits of it there, excellent from Tierney.

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    GOAL! Norwich 0-1 Arsenal | Bukayo Saka 6′

    Arsenal nick it high up the pitch and they’re away, with Lacazette, then Martinelli and then Odegaard eventually laying into Saka. The winger checks inside onto his left and then slides low into the bottom corner. Too easy.

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    Right then, five minutes to go and the teams will be out any minute now. Fingers crossed for a good’un.

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    Emile Smith Rowe really is being made to work for his appearances at the moment. The England international was in terrific form before picking up an injury and has scored off the bench in each of his last two games after returning but is still only among the subs today.

    With the quick turnaround to Wolves on the 28th, he’ll surely come into the lineup next time out.

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    That right-back conundrum really is remarkable for Arsenal.

    They’ve got their two specialist right-backs out with Covid, plus their next two most likely deputies. It looks like Ben White will start there, which, in fairness, he has done before for Brighton.

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    Here’s our man Simon Collings at Carrow Road…

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