GOAL! Norwich 1-1 Arsenal (Aubameyang, 29)
At the second time of asking, Aubameyang levels for Arsenal. The Arsenal skipper sends Krul the wrong way before putting his index finger to his mouth, a little shushing gesture to the Dutchman. Needless to say Tim Krul, who has already been booked, is absolutely livid.
28 min: Aubameyang will re-take it …
27 min: The penalty will be re-taken! Norwich are penalised for encroachment, with four yellow shirts in the box before Aubameyang made contact with the penalty. A chance for a reprieve …
26 min: Krul saves Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty! The Norwich goalkeeper is booked for a few mind games before the spot-kick and Krul dives to his right to keep it out. Aarons then clears to prevent any Arsenal shirt jumping on to the rebound …
25 min: VAR check … but that’s a penalty, surely.
24 min: Arsenal win a penalty! Paul Tierney points to the spot! Zimmerman handles Özil’s cross with his left hand …
23 min: Ljungberg bounces out of his seat in the dugout and looks rather perplexed as to how his team trail. McLean, meanwhile, has fouled Xhaka so Arsenal have a free-kick 25 yards out. Özil will take …
GOAL! Norwich 1-0 Arsenal (Pukki, 21)
They all count. It’s cruel on Arsenal – it’s a wicked deflection to beat Leno – but Teemu Pukki jinks inside unchallenged and finds the net. After a blistering start, Ljungberg’s side trail at Carrow Road. Pukki drove inside David Luiz and the Finland striker’s shot cannons off Mustafi and into the corner.
19 min: Krul denies Chambers, who heads at goal from Özil’s corner! Chambers burst to the front post totally unmarked and tried to divert the ball across goal but the Norwich goalkeeper clambers it to safety. A let-off for Norwich, whose zonal marking looked shoddy there.
18 min: Kolasinac weaves inside Cantwell and Aarons before the latter eats back at his man to concede a corner …
16 min: McLean winds up a thumping shot from 20 yards but Bernd Leno sees it all the way. It certainly did not lack power. Leno gathers. Moments earlier Arsenal swept upfield, another incisive break, kickstarted by Granit Xhaka. Chambers’s final ball was Arsenal’s undoing.
14 min: Kolasinac does brilliantly to shift across towards the centre of defence having sensed the danger and nicked the ball away from McLean. Chambers then does well to not only wriggle out of a tight space but pick his pass. A very assured start by Arsenal.
13 min: Cantwell clears Özil’s corner. Chambers ended up nudging the ball out of play after duelling with Ben Godfrey but the referee Paul Tierney pointed for an Arsenal corner. Fortunately for Farke and co, it came to nothing. Pukki is yet to have a sniff for the hosts.
12 min: Arsenal, wrongly, win another a corner …
10 min: Mustafi has a header cleared off the line by Onel Hernández! The defender beats Krul, who was lured into no man’s land by the corner, to the ball and it is destined to ripple the Norwich goal – only for Hernández to intervene on the goalline. Arsenal give Norwich another fright.
9 min: Aubameyang surges down the right but cannot pick out Lacazette in the centre. Chambers collects the seconds and has a shot blocked. Arsenal win a corner. Norwich cannot live with the visitors’ energy …
7 min: Kolasinac hammers a cross into the front post from the left flank, where he burst to the byline with Aarons for company. Krul goes to ground to collect but Zimmerman brings matters into his own hands and the Norwich defender wellies it clear. Norwich fans are in great voice but, on the pitch, it is all Arsenal.
6 min: Amadou drags a shot wide for Norwich. Meanwhile … Lys Mousset is at it again. The former Bournemouth striker has given Sheffield United a 1-0 lead at Molineux. Chris Wilder’s side are back up to fifth – above Tottenham – in the table as it stands.
5 min: Krul denies Lacazette! Willock makes a brilliant run beyond Lacazette, causing panic in the Norwich box. Willock latches on to Guendouzi’s lofted pass and holds up possession and eventually plays in Lacazette, who fails to make a clean contact with the ball and the Norwich goalkeeper claws it to safety. The resulting corner comes to nothing but it has been a very positive start by Arsenal.
2 min: Lacazette with a sumptuous piece of control 35 yards from goal proves the catalyst for a promising Arsenal move. David Luiz plays the ball forward into the Frenchman, who takes the sting out of the pass before nudging it into Özil. Arsenal work it wide to Chambers, whose cross from the right flank is blocked by Byram. Norwich clear.
1 min: Arsenal, lining up in a 4-3-3, get the ball to Aubameyang, who scoops a cross into the box. Max Aarons thumps it clear.
Lacazette gets things started at Carrow Road.
Meanwhile Arsenal women are 8-0 up against Bristol City with less than an hour played. No pressure, Freddie …
The teams trudge out of the tunnel. Here we go …
It’s a beautiful, brisk day at Carrow Road. Less than 10 minutes until kick-off. Will Freddie Ljungberg get off to a flyer?
A gentle reminder Wolves v Sheffield United also gets under way at 2pm (GMT) at Molineux. For Wolves, Max Kilman makes his full Premier League debut, with the 22-year-old replacing the suspended Romain Saïss. Kilman, who spent 2016-17 on loan at Marlow, joined Wolves from fifth-tier Maidenhead United last year. Chris Wilder has made two changes, with on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson recalled, while John Egan replaces Phil Jagielka, who misses out because of a head injury.
More soundbites from man-of-the-moment Ljungberg:
It is a very proud day for me and my family. I represented this club and played for them for 10 years and to have the opportunity to lead them out is a great, great honour
As the manager I need to pick the team I believe in. I’ve used a bit of experience and I think they need to take the lead in a hard time like we are in at the moment. There are difficult decisions to be made, for example I left Reiss Nelson back home in London, which is really hard because he is the future of this club, a great talent but I had to leave him out. Those are the decisions you have to do and it’s not always easy. I felt this was a good lineup and hopefully we will be successful
Freddie Ljungberg gives the lowdown on his team selection, with Granit Xhaka being given the nod in midfield and Shkodran Mustafi handed his first league start of the season among four changes. Asked if everyone has been given a clean slate following Emery’s exit, an ice-cool Ljungberg replies: “One hundred per cent. I believe in how people treat me and I give everybody a possibility. I felt that was the balance of our team and I took the decision. For me the captaincy, there has been so many discussions for us I just thought it is better to leave it is as it. Auba is a great captain, a great player and that’s how we are going to go.”
Do not fear, we have an answer to the big question. It seems Freddie Ljungberg is not a tracksuit or a suit manager but rather a knitwear kind of guy. Arsenal honcho Josh Kroenke gave Ljungberg a glowing reference, saying the Swede has the club’s DNA at heart. “We feel he is the right person in the moment to take the club forward,” Kroenke, the Arsenal director, said. “We started to fall short of several goals that we set. We still feel we can achieve those goals this season. I think footballers are at their best when I see smiles on their faces and going out there and winning matches. That’s a winning formula to me.”
Team news news: Granit Xhaka makes his first Premier League start since that infamous departure at home to Crystal Palace in October as interim manager Freddie Ljungberg makes four changes from the XI that rescued a draw against Southampton. Mesut Özil starts while Lucas Torreira, Kieran Tierney and Sokratis drop to the bench. The full-back Héctor Bellerín is absent with a hamstring injury. Ibrahim Amadou replaces Alex Tettey as Daniel Farke names an otherwise unchanged Norwich side.
Norwich City (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Zimmerman, Godfrey, Byram; Trybull, Amadou; Cantwell, McLean, Hernández; Pukki
Subs: Fährmann, Lewis, Vrancic, Srbeny, Buendía, Stiepermann, Roberts
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Willock, Özil, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Subs: Martínez, Sokratis, Tierney, Torreira, Pepe, Saka, Martinelli
Referee: Paul Tierney
The big Arsenal news this week? They ditched the private jet and hopped on to the team bus for this season’s visit to Carrow Road after taking flak for chartering a 14-minute flight from Luton airport to Norfolk four years ago. How times have changed. Not only that but Freddie Ljungberg is now in the hot-seat after Arsenal sent Unai Emery packing with his P45. Ljungberg, who has whet supporters appetite by declaring his love for va-va-voom football will be ably assisted by former defender and Big F … Per Mertesacker. Fifty-six days have passed since Arsenal’s last win in the Premier League (against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at the start of October) and, in terms of performance, surely anything will be an improvement on Thursday’s abject defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, Emery’s final game in charge. “However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles back on faces again,” says Ljungberg, who faces competition from the former Juventus manager Max Allegri for the permanent gig. Norwich, meanwhile, will be keen to build on that away win at Everton last time out. “We’re not too down after disappointing results and weren’t too high after the Everton win,” says Daniel Farke. “We remain the underdogs in every game, especially against Arsenal. But we always have a chance.”
Kick-off: 2pm (GMT)