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Freddie Ljunberg leads Arsenal into the first match of the post-Unai Emery Era, as the Gunners visit Carrow Road in one of two 9 a.m. ET kickoffs on Sunday in the Premier League.

Shkrodan Mustafi and Granit Xhaka start for the Gunners, with Mesut Ozil keeping Nicolas Pepe on the back line in a 4-3-3 (Watch live on NBCSN and online at NBCSports.com).

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Norwich gets help at the back, with captain Christoph Zimmermann back in the fold.

Wolves and Saints also kick off at 9, an NBC Sports Gold match with Top Five positioning on the line.

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Arsenal’s Emery: ‘We are better than we are showing’

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Granit Xhaka returned to the pitch in a losing effort, but his positive day gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope.

The Swiss midfielder played for the first time in five matches, a span that began when he swore at Arsenal fans who were booing him off the pitch in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

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He received applause from the Gunners faithful in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League play, but more importantly he was perhaps the side’s best player on the day (Bukayo Saka was also strong).

“Xhaka wanted to continue playing,” said Unai Emery, who credited the fans for their support of Xhaka. “His match today was good and he helped the team.”

That may not help Emery, whose Gunners looked inspired for large portions of the loss and lost David Luiz and Shkrodan Mustafi to injury.

“We are better than we are showing,” Emery said. “The response from the players in the first half was good but the injuries was important because we needed fresh players and we couldn’t do that.”

Emery claimed his focus is not on his job status, but finding an end to the win streak when Arsenal visits Norwich City. The Gunners then host Brighton before going to West Ham and Standard Liege.

Arsenal blows home lead, fails to clinch

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Daichi Kamada scored twice in the second half as Eintracht Frankfurt extended Arsenal’s winless run to seven matches with a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

The Gunners still lead the group with 10 points, with Eintracht moving a point behind them. The Gunners travel to Standard Liege for the finale, with the Belgians three points back.

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Arsenal is winless in seven matches across all competitions, and manager Unai Emery is in trouble.

Granit Xhaka returned to the Starting XI for the first time since getting booed off the field and reacting with vigor, and was possibly the Gunners’ Man of the Match in the loss.

Arsenal led at the break through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slashed a dummied pass inside the near post after some fine work from Bukayo Saka.

Japanese midfielder Kamada scored in the 55th minute to tie things up and made it 2-1 less than 10 minutes later, his second and third goals to go with six assists in 24 matches since arriving from Belgian side Sint-Truidense.

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Here’s Arsenal’s goal:

Europa League preview: Arsenal, Wolves look to seal knockout berths

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Arsenal and Wolves look to clinch places in the knockout rounds on Thursday, while Manchester United can win its group with a point and help on the out-of-town scoreboard.

The Gunners would prefer a win when Eintracht Frankfurt visits for any number of reasons. They’re winless in six-straight matches across all competitions, collecting four draws.

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Arsenal will win the group with a win, its 10 points four more than both Eintracht and Standard Liege, but again… it just needs to make something good happen in front of its home support.

It’s been so bad that under fire Gunners boss Unai Emery is being quizzed on whether this time is the toughest in his 15-year managerial career.

From Arsenal.com:

“As a coach, each moment in my career is difficult. It’s a very good job, but it’s very hard. When you are winning, you feel the support from everybody, but when you’re not winning like in the last matches, you have some doubters. Really, I believe in us, the players, the group. I know I am going to work very hard to come back with this performance and take the confidence we need now. Each match is a very good opportunity The good and bad moments come and go, but the most important thing for me is to show my work and our capacity. Each match is a good opportunity to do that. Most importantly it’s to connect with the supporters. They need to back and help the players tomorrow in each moment.”

Granit Xhaka could return for the Gunners, his first appearance since being booed off the pitch and reacting with vigor.

Emery’s fate is now impacting Wolves ahead of their match against Braga, as Arsenal is being linked with manager Nuno Espirito Santo as a replacement for the beleaguered Spaniard.

Rui Patricio isn’t having it.

“It’s very important to keep Nuno at the club, not only for the players but for the club as well,” said Patricio. “For the club to develop and become greater it’s not just about the coach but also good staff behind the scenes. We have to work hard as a team and staff. Stability is important at any club. Nuno is an outstanding coach and he’s also a leader.”

Wolves need a win to guarantee advancement, though they meet last place Besiktas on the final match day.

Meanwhile, United already has a two-point lead on AZ Alkmaar for Group L ahead of Thursday’s early morning match at Astana (10:50 a.m. ET).

The Wolves match is at 12:55 p.m., while Arsenal kicks off at 3 p.m.

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Xhaka in Arsenal’s Europa League squad, could play

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Granit Xhaka may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

The Arsenal midfielder has been frozen out of the Gunners’ squad since he reacted angrily to boos from supporters, but it appears the hiatus is coming to an end.

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirmed during his pre-match press conference that Xhaka is in the squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in Europa League play.

The Swiss international has not appeared on the field or on the bench for Arsenal since the incident occurred in the 61st minute of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the end of October. Xhaka was booed while being substituted off, and he appeared to swear at fans as he made his way off the field. He was stripped of the captaincy he had been officially handed just a month earlier.

“He’s in the group and he has the possibility to play,” Emery confirmed at his press conference. “I hope every supporter supports him.”

“Xhaka’s comeback is going to be important for us,” the boss continued. Arsenal has not won a game since Xhaka was frozen out, throwing away leads in four consecutive Premier League games. Following the midweek Europa League match, Arsenal takes on Norwich City on Sunday in league play.