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Premier League

  • 20 October 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 26825

Norwich - Arsenal Preview: Canaries aiming to secure their first win against the Gunners in 11 attempts

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



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


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 are 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 football 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 Premeir League goal against West Ham with a last-gasp equaliser for France against Spain on Tuesday.

  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League away games, winning seven and drawing four.
  • Norwich, in stark contrast, have only won one of their 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 have 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
20Steve MorisonStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
27Andre SantosDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
12Olivier GiroudStriker
-Damián MartínezGoalkeeper
5Johan DjourouDefender
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
44Serge GnabryStriker
Players to Watch
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
A more than capable target man on his day, Holt possesses the artillery to trouble any Premier League defence and, despite a poor start to the campaign in front of goal, will relish taking on what is perceived to be a weak Arsenal central defence. His influence will all depend on how much of the ball Norwich see, with Arsenal expected to monopolise possession throughout the match.
Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 0
Cazorla is proving to be one of the buys of the summer for Arsenal. The diminutive Spaniard has slotted seamlessly into the Gunners' midfield, creating countless chances and scoring twice himself, the latest a thunderbolt to seal the points against West Ham a fortnight ago. Should the former Malaga man bring his form into the Carrow Road clash, Norwich could well be in for a long evening.
With Chris Hughton’s side languishing towards the foot of the table, Arsenal have made a contrastingly impressive start to the season and should maintain that run at Carrow Road. Norwich will need a much more solid performance than their last display against Chelsea, particularly with the Gunners impressive in attack since a sticky start to the season.
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