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Premier League

  • October 19, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 60009

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Norwich City

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey arrived back from international duty with minor injuries, while Bacary Sagna and Santi Cazorla could return against the Canaries at the Emirates

Arsenal is expecting to have Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey available for the Premier League fixture against Norwich City on Saturday.

Ozil returned from international duty with a bruised knee and a minor hamstring problem which were both picked up in Germany's 5-3 win over Sweden on Tuesday.

Ramsey, meanwhile, suffered a reoccurrence of a thigh injury during Wales' 1-1 draw with Belgium although the duo are confident of winning their fitness battle.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also has Santi Cazorla available for selection for the first time since Sept. 1. The midfielder returned to full training this week following an ankle injury.

Bacary Sagna has recovered from a hamstring injury but Wenger is undecided whether he or Cazorla will play any part in Saturday's match.

"Sagna is 80 percent fit and he will have a test," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "Cazorla is available in training, but he is not match fit. It is just about competitiveness with him. There is a possibility both are in the squad for Saturday. I have not decided whether they will start or not."

Theo Walcott has been sidelined since Sept. 18 after undergoing abdominal surgery and Wenger has confirmed the winger will not be available for another two weeks.

Lukas Podolski will definitely miss the match against Norwich with a hamstring injury, while midfield pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby are sidelined with knee problems, while Yaya Sanogo will not feature due to a back complaint.

Despite the strong start, Arsenal has kept only one clean sheet in the Premier League this term.

Norwich will try and take advantage of the hosts' fragile defense, but the Canaries will need to improve if they are to do so, having scored just five times this season.

No player has netted more than one goal for Chris Hughton's side, but midfielder Jonny Howson - scorer in the 1-0 win over Stoke City on Sept. 29 - is hopeful it can kick-start the season at the Emirates Stadium.

"It's going to be a tough game for us," Howson told The Eastern Daily Press. "But if we can put in a performance like we have the last two games [against Chelsea and Stoke] then I don't think we'll be too far off it."

Norwich – which has not won at Arsenal since 1992 – may have to cope without midfielder Anthony Pilkington, who faces a late fitness test due to a hamstring injury, while defender Elliott Bennett is unavailable due to a knee problem.

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