Arsenal predicted lineup vs Norwich: Who gets rested in 4-2-3-1?

LEEDS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Referee Andre Marriner talks to the players as Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Referee Andre Marriner talks to the players as Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images) /
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Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) /

Midfielders

Thomas Partey (CM) – Set to jet off with Ghana on the following day, there is no reason at all not to field Partey in this one since he will play no part against Wolves.

Given the strength of the Ghana team it could be a while before he’s seen again, so extracting every bit of value possible out of him on Sunday will be on the cards. There can be no handbrake on for the midfielder for fear of injury.

Mohamed Elneny (CM) – Xhaka would probably have played 93 minutes here and then 93 minutes 48 hours later against Wolves, but for the same reason as Partey, Arteta might want to keep Xhaka back and make the most out of a player who is tipped to make it all the way to the end of AFCON with Egypt.

Martin Odegaard (AM) – Arteta will be wanting to keep his forward line as similar to the ones he had fielded four matches running in the league, so Odegaard could be given another opportunity to dominate here as he did at Elland Road.

This is a fixture that he can leave his fingerprints all over. The platform is there to control this game.

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