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  • October 20, 2012
  • • 12:30
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 26825
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Premier League Preview: Norwich - Arsenal

Premier League Preview: Norwich - Arsenal

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Chris Hughton's struggling side hosts the in-form north Londoners at Carrow Road, looking for a positive result to move away from the Premier League drop-zone.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH CITY

Ruddy
Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido
Johnson, Howson
E Bennett, Hoolahan, Surman
Holt

ARSENAL

Mannone
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos
Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla
Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski


The Canaries have Steven Whittaker and Simon Lappin available again after both recovered from ankle injuries, although neither is expected to be fit enough to be given an outing against the Gunners.

Robert Snodgrass failed to make an appearance for Scotland in the international break due to an ankle injury, and he is a doubt to make Chris Hughton's line-up on Saturday.

Harry Kane (ankle) remains sidelined for the Canaries and Jacob Butterfield is still yet to gain enough fitness to make his debut for the club after a long-term injury.

For Arsenal, Abou Diaby may make his return from a thigh injury, but Theo Walcott picked up a nasty looking chest injury in England’s 5-0 hammering of San Marino and will miss the trip to Carrow Road, as will Kieran Gibbs (thigh)

Bacary Sagna, Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere are still being eased into competitive soccer after long-term injuries, while Tomas Rosicky (leg) could return to training next week.

Arsene Wenger's main headache will be over who to play up front. Gervinho has been in form so far this season, but Olivier Giroud followed his first Premier League goal against West Ham with a last-gasp equalizer for France against Spain on Tuesday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal has lost just one of its last 12 Premier League away games, winning seven and drawing four.
  • Norwich, in stark contrast, has only won one of its last 12 Premier League matches, losing seven.
  • The Gunners have an excellent record at the home of the Canaries - they're unbeaten in their last 12 trips to Carrow Road.
  • Santi Cazorla has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the top European leagues since August 2011, with nine.
  • Another long-range screamer from the Spaniard on Saturday evening would not be unexpected - Norwich has conceded the most goals from outside the box of any Premier League side, with five.
  • Norwich striker Steve Morison (pictured right) was amongst the goals last season - scoring against the Gunners both home and away.

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Available Squads
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
24Ryan Bennett Defender
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
5Steve MorisonStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
11Andre SantosDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
12Olivier GiroudStriker
27GervinhoStriker
-Damián MartínezGoalkeeper
5Johan DjourouDefender
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
44Serge GnabryStriker

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