Arsenal vs Norwich Preview: Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 18, 2013

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Arsenal entertain Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon looking to cement our status as the Premier League leaders.

We head into the weekends action sitting top on goal difference from second-placed Liverpool but could find ourselves three points adrift if the Merseysiders win away at Newcastle in the early kickoff.

Our 10-game winning streak was ended with a 1-1 draw away at West Brom before the international break but we still haven’t tasted defeat in 11 matches, the last loss being a 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.

We are certainly in excellent form of late and and will hope to secure another three points tomorrow before welcoming Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday for a crucial Champions League group stage match.

However, we have to concentrate on matters at hand first and Norwich proved to be a tough opposition in last seasons corresponding fixture, where it required a flurry of late goals to secure a 3-1 win.

Chris Hughton’s men are currently sitting in the bottom three with scoring goals a particular problem for the Canaries, but they were unlucky to lose to Chelsea last time out and will no doubt be right up for this game on Saturday so we’ll have to be at our best to win it.

Team News

Arsene Wenger gave the latest injury news at his press conference on Friday and it’s largely good news. Mesut Ozil is fit to play despite picking up a knock on Tuesday during Germay’s 5-3 win over Sweden.

Bacary Sagna has also been passed fit after recovering from a minor hamstring complaint and he’s expected to replace Carl Jenkinson at right-back, although Wenger could decide to give him an extra few days rest with Dortmund in mind.

Santi Cazorla could also return to make his first start since the 1st September and Tomas Rosicky is back in contention, but Theo Walcott is still two weeks away from full fitness.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby all remain on the sidelines and Jack Wilshere is pushing for a start having scored his first goal in three years against the Baggies last time out.

Norwich are sweating on the fitness of attacker Anthony Pilkington who returned from international duty with a hamstring injury, although Hughton is confident he will be passed fit.

Elliot Bennett will certainly miss the game after being ruled out for several months after undergoing knee surgery.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Mesut Ozil: The German schemer has been inspirational since joining from Real Madrid and if he starts, I expect him to be at the heart of everything positive from the Gunners. Stopping him will be key if Norwich want to take anything away from the Emirates.

Predicted Score

Arsenal 3-1 Norwich: The visitors have been pretty poor so far this season and I think they’ll find it difficult to contain our fluid attack this weekend.

What would be your team and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

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16 Comments

  1. martin okoawo

    October 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Ars we win

  2. Adeniran

    October 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I cant wait 2 have a fully fit Carsola + Ozil + Walcot wt Giroud upfront. I think Wenger has the best squad in the premier league.

  3. Adeniran

    October 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I cant wait 2 have a fully fit Carsola + Ozil + Walcot wt Giroud upfront. I think Wenger has the best squad in the premier league. Arsenal 3 Norwich 1

  4. Marvin Omo-Osagie

    October 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Obviously this is our longest stay at the zenith of the league since 2013/2014 season when we went on to win the league. I however think Wilshere will start ahead of either Cazorla or Ozil simply necause we are on the brink of a decisive clash with Dortmund and risking both players when they are not 100 percent fit may not make good football sense

  5. Bimnoh

    October 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    True talk @marvin omo-osaige I tink we really need τ̲̣̣̥ợ̣̣̝̇̇̇ introduce carsola @ d second half τ̲̣̣̥ợ̣̣̝̇̇̇ get more full ouse. Up gunners

  6. Anslem osas wenger

    October 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    My prediction, arsenal 3-0 norwich city.

  7. ireayo

    October 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    4-0 in arsenal’s favour

  8. Thomas

    October 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    up gun, lets go for 3: 0 we trust the weapon.

  9. Moses's possession

    October 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    My prediction is 4-1 to arsenal

  10. ONADEKO OPEYEMI

    October 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I LIKE ARSENAL FC

  11. ONADEKO OPEYEMI

    October 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    IN OUR SQURED NOW. OZIL AND RAMSEY IS INPORTANT WHIT FLAMINI

  12. Steve housten

    October 19, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I wish this season would be our coz we r da only club with da experienced manager

  13. Erick astamaraz

    October 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Lyk 2 c carzola n ozil playing 2gether.the german n spanish oiled machines.

  14. M.O.G.

    October 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I think, the game is going to be a very hard game for Arsenal because the way am listening to some comments here, they will try to underrate Norwich City.

    But Arsenal will definitely win the game.

  15. Wat kabudd

    October 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

    There is one thing that really make me happy about the gunners,they go for goal and that is what we fans want.But now for norwich i will go for 3-1.”IN ASRENE WE TRUST!”

  16. Segun

    October 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Arsenal 5-2 norwich ) hup gunners

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