Premier League: Arsenal v Norwich City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s fixture at the Emirates

Arsene Wenger will hope his Arsenal side can extend their unbeaten run to eleven games when they host Norwich City this weekend.

Ahead of the clash, Wenger has been handed a huge boost, as both Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla look set to return from injury.

Since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa, the Gunners have been tremendous, with Aaron Ramsey currently in the best form of his professional career. The Welshman has been the stand out performer so far and has been instrumental in Arsenal’s climb to the top of the table.

Meanwhile, the trip to London comes at a bad time for manager Chris Hughton. A poor start to the season has seen them make up the third relegation spot, sparking questions over Hughton’s future.

A good result at the Emirates on Saturday will go a long a way in proving he his still the right man for job, but a fifth loss of the season – a result that looks the more likely – will certainly put his managerial position in further doubt.

KICK OFF: Saturday 3:00pm

PAST MEETINGS...

Arsenal 3(Arteta, Giroud, Podolski) Norwich 1 (Turner), Premier League, April 2013

Norwich, 1 (Holt) Arsenal 0, Premier League, October 2012

Arsenal 3 (Benayoun, Van Persie 2,) Norwich 3 (Hoolahan, Holt, Morrison) Premier League, May 2012

Norwich 1 (Morrison), Arsenal 2 (Van Persie 2), Premier League, November 2011

Arsenal 4 (Henry 3, Ljungberg) Norwich 1 (Huckerby), Premier League, April 2005

STATS...

Arsenal have collected more points (56) and more wins (17) in the Premier League in 2013 than any other side.

Norwich won 4-2 at Arsenal in their first ever Premier League game back in August 1992; only on four occasions since that game have the Gunners conceded 4+ home league goals.

Arsene Wenger's side have only managed three clean sheets in their last 14 league games at the Emirates.

Norwich have scored in each of their last seven league games against Arsenal, but have collected just four points in this run.

ODDS...

Arsenal to win: 1.28

Norwich to win: 12

Draw: 5

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10:25pm.

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