Arsenal v Norwich City: Match Preview

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Premier League; Emirates Stadium; Saturday May 5, KO: 1245

Arsenal will once again be without Theo Walcott, who is suffering from a hamstring injury and is struggling to be fit for the final game of the season at West Brom.

Abou Diaby was injured once again on his latest comeback, this time a thigh injury against Stoke City. The injury will keep him out for the final games of the season and he will also miss Euro 2012 for France.

Diaby joins other season-ending absentees in Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert may be without left-back Adam Drury, who is doubtful due to a groin injury.

Leading scorer Grant Holt is likely to start after coming on off the bench last week as manager Paul Lambert sought to give him a rest.

Van Persie welcomes Podolski addition

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has welcomed the signing of Lukas Podolski by the Gunners this week.

The Germany international joined from his boyhood side FC Cologne for an undisclosed fee and will join up with Arsene Wenger’s side after Euro 1012.

Van Persie was impressed by the latest addition to the Emirates Stadium squad and claimed the 26-year-old was a positive move by the Gunners.

“Im really happy – he’s a very mature player who has played 95 games for Germany. That tells you plenty, because they have a world-class side,” said Van Persie in his programme notes ahead of today’s game against Norwich City.

“He’s been at the highest level for eight or nine years now, scoring lots of goals and consistently proving to be a really good player.

“He has a really good left-foot shot and can play in a couple of positions, which is important for us as our game involves a lot of movement and interchanging.”

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