Hughton warns Norwich: Do not be overawed by Arsenal

The 54-year-old was encouraged by the display against Chelsea, but could be without Anthony Pilkington and Johan Elmander after they returned from international duty with knocks
Norwich manager Chris Hughton has told his squad not to be overawed when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal this weekend.

The Canaries beat the current league leaders at Carrow Road last season and almost caused an upset in the reverse game until three late goals was enough to see of a plucky performance.

Hughton was encouraged by his side's spirited performance in a recent 3-1 loss to Chelsea, and is hoping for more of the same against the Gunners.

"What you can’t do is you can’t go to the Emirates with any type of fear," Hughton told the club's official website. "You’ve got to go there to do your best to get something out of the game, and it’s a good opportunity for us to do that.

"It’s exciting. It's a challenge for us - we’re off the back of a disappointing defeat to Chelsea, especially after the manner in which we played.

"What we need to do is take all the good things from that performance into the game at Arsenal, but we’re aware of what the task is because of how well they’re playing at the moment.

"We were fortunate enough to play very well there last season, and we felt that we were unfortunate to not get something out of the game.

"Sometimes in these games where you’re not expected to win, you can surprise a few people. You have to look forward to these games more than to fear them."

Hughton revealed that two of his players came back from international duty with slight niggles, but is hoping the pair of them will be available for the trip to London.

He continued: "Anthony Pilkington came back early after feeling something in training. He’s one that we are assessing but we’re hoping that he’ll be ok. It’s the same for Johan Elmander too.

"There’s a good feel generally though because most of them have returned on the back of good performances and good results."