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Norwich vs Arsenal: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

Arsenal take on Norwich City at Carrow Road in Saturday’s late kick off. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-ups and predicted score for the big game.

Carrow Road

Arsenal get back to Premier League action this weekend after a two week international break as they take on Norwich City at Carrow Road in Saturday’s late kick off.

If feels like an age since Olivier Giroud broke his Premier League duck during a 3-1 win over West Ham last time out. The striker followed that up with a late header to salvage a 1-1 draw for France away at Spain on Tuesday night, so he’s on something of a ‘goal-scoring’ run.

Arsenal face a Norwich side that are suffering from ‘second-season syndrome’ with Chris Hughton’s team failing to follow-up last seasons good form.

The Cannaries are yet to win a game this season and are currently in the relegation zone after seven matches. Much of their problems stem from the back with Norwich conceding nine goals in their last two games against Liverpool and Chelsea.

So the likes of Podolski, Gervinho, Cazorla and Giroud may be licking their lips ahead of this one.

Team News

The big news is that Jack Wilshere is back in the squad after 15 months out through injury. His agent confirmed the news via Twitter earlier today but it’s expected that Jack will be on the bench but may get a few minutes under his belt depending on how the game goes.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Theo Walcott will miss the game after being hospitalised with chest and lung injuries following a collision during England’s win over San Marino last weekend.

Laurent Koscielny is out with a back injury so Per Mertesacker should continue alongside Thomas Vermaelen at the back, while Andre Santos is expected to come in for Kieran Gibbs, who’s out with a thigh strain.

There is bad news on the goalkeeper front after Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for 3 months with an ankle ligament injury. Wojciech Szczesny is also two weeks away from returning to action so Vito Mannone continues between the sticks. Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky also remain on the sidelines.

Norwich are sweating on the fitness of forward Robert Snodgrass who has an ankle problem. Defender Steven Whittaker is back in full training but is unlikely to be considered this weekend.

On-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane remains on the sidelines after breaking a metatarsal.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Norwich haven’t beaten Arsenal in eleven attempts and I think we’ll make that 12 after this game. Arsenal have an excellent away record, having lost just one of their previous 12 Premier League games and have also not lost at Carrow Road in their last 12 trips. With Cazorla pulling the strings in midfield I can’t see past a Gunners victory. Norwich 0-2 Arsenal.

What would your team be? What do you think the score will be? Get involved in the comments section.

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45 Comments

45 Comments

  1. Goonerboyo

    October 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    This is the line up I predicted on another posting. The team picks itself. The bench is more challenging and who will and will not be used. Wilshere will sit but not play. This is acclimatisation.
    O’ Shea will also be a spectator.
    Ox will come on.
    Yennaris or Miquel will offer defensive cover.
    This opens the door poor another youngster. Any thoughts who?
    Or will we see Sagna?

  2. heniorla

    October 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Best of luck

  3. tonerry

    October 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Best of luck gunners.

  4. Iyke foster

    October 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    1-3

  5. isotopes9

    October 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    arsenal manager arsene wenger is preparing a 15.4million for adrian lopez.

  6. Bako Hosea

    October 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Up gunners,we hve wat it takes 2 handle d match 2moro,Giroud wil make us pround.

  7. Bako Hosea

    October 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Up gunners,we hve wat it takes 2 handle d match 2moro,Giroud wil make us pround.arsenal 3 norwich 0

  8. Amubioya Temitope J

    October 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Norwich 0 vs Arsenal 3. Up Gunners 4 life.

  9. Hassan John

    October 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Giroud all the way, best of luck gunners.

  10. Emmanuel Cummings

    October 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Wishing the gunners all the best of luck….

  11. docbrody

    October 20, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Arsenal 4 – 0

  12. Hassan John

    October 20, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Arsenal all the way

  13. Zaidovski

    October 20, 2012 at 2:19 am

    The news that Wilshire is back, wilcot , Diaby and Rosicky are 2 weeks away means 4 midfielders are near ready !!

    And when 4 good midfielders are honna compete for only two slots since Arteta and Cazorla are a must, this can only mean one thing!!

    BYE BYE USELESS RAMSY !!

    And may we never see your ugly football again !

    Hoooooray !!

    • Chris Knight

      October 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Your an idiot m8 Ramsey has been class this season

  14. Idrees A jeleel

    October 20, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Arsenal will win 1.3, good luck to fans.

  15. Awolola Adebayo

    October 20, 2012 at 2:25 am

    gunnerz al d way! Norwich 0 vs 3 Arsenal. Can’t wait!

  16. Focus D.P

    October 20, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Since last week have been anticipating to see how we will bomber Norwich City in their home soil. After missing my men due to unprofitable International break. My prediction in todays match is 4 nil in favour of my darling team. Go Boys and make us proud.

  17. gunner4evr

    October 20, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I just hope the gunners go direct especially in front of goal.Ifthe gunners clear a Norwich kick,the ball shd be passed directly and speedily and not laterally.Then the defenders have less time to regroup.
    Please see how Spurs scored against red faced or for that matter other teams when they have the time and space to shoot. More of our little Spanish maestro ‘s magic against West ham will be be most welcome.

  18. erico

    October 20, 2012 at 5:32 am

    dont be amazed if we gun norwich 5 goals to nil coz og12 is on fire.

  19. Charles

    October 20, 2012 at 6:58 am

    U r useless nt ramsy pipo r wicked lookin at hw ramsy has bin playing this season and to say he z useless ur useless.wat kind of a gooner r u?

  20. kam

    October 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

    No player is useless. I wish the boys best of the day and make us proud. Up gunners

  21. Pemberton

    October 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Don’t be fooled, as good as arsenal have been playing there is a chance they’ll fail to carry on that fantastic form, But i’m agreeing with everyone who dislikes Ramsey HE SHIT! #END of COYG

  22. kasaizi

    October 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

    hope Giroud will make us happy

  23. goonersaurus

    October 20, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Ramsy has been playing well this season.soo he aint useless pls.gooooo rambo!!!

  24. Hippolyte j

    October 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Ramsey has nothing to offer to arsenal,he has been given chances time after time,he should be playing in clubs like dundee utd,leed utd,wenger should buy an established defensive midfielder incase arteta get intury and who will make him stand up and take notice of that position and also a well known stricker,my prediction norwich 1 and arsenal 3

    • Zaidovski

      October 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Well said.
      Amazing how many arsenal fans accept below average performances from some players especially when they see high quality like Cazorla and arteta.
      Yet they accept Ramsy and others !
      People are blind and never realise 7 years trophy less and maybe more is because of players like Ramsy who give nothing yet morons clap because he is welsh or British or home grown garbage.
      Quality on and Off the pitch makes a winning team.
      Not garbage like Ramsy that is useless.
      In 3 years after Wenger leaves as a failure and people laugh at us then idiots will say let’s sell Ramsey and build a real team.

      • Goonerboyo

        October 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

        No one accepts below par performances. Footballers are human albeit highly paid.
        What I and clearly, others object to is your ignorant lambasting of Ramsey.
        You don’t know what you are talking about!.

    • Rechee

      October 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

      you are not a real Gunners. If ramsey playing well or score in this game you should considering to become another team fans.I think a fans like you is only for dundee utd or leeds utd. A real fans should support their player in good and bad time. Up Rambo! Up Gunners!

  25. Zalama chafe

    October 20, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I wish 2 be happy win by arsenal up gunners

  26. Tundex

    October 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

    No player is useless in arsenal team i wish u all de best of luck up guuuuuuuners huuuuuuray

  27. Ekwere,ubong

    October 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Up gunners..we r leading 2goals to 1..cnt wait seeing cazorla in action.best of luck 2 u guys

  28. Otibaba

    October 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Arsenal has been a team wth no doubt but the manager just need to take care of view things, like purchasn a vsertyl/creative striker and a gud dvensive midfeilder then a defender. This game of norwish, i see arsenal coming out of it victorious. Ples gud fans of arsenal fc let stoping giving names to our own players, useless. Ram makes a gud player whn fit. Gunners for life.

  29. william

    October 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Bid up gunners n welcome back jack,arsenal 3 nor 0.

  30. Ayila

    October 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I go for 2 0 n can c giroud score…best of luck my fnd…n wenger should neva 4get to put jack so i can feel my man again

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