This match may seem like a walk on win for the Gunners but I think the Gunners might find themselves having to battle hard for a win at Carrow Road tomorrow. I think all of us still remember the hard fought 3-3 draw we managed the last time we were in these parts. Robin Van Persie’s hattrick wasn’t quite enough to give us the win as the boys conceded the equalizer with five minutes to go in the match. That match very nearly cost us the third place position but luckily we manage to pull through in the end.
The good news for the Gunners is that the Norwich this time around is nothing like the one from last season. It is probably a case of second season blues but I guess losing Paul Lambert was a bigger blow than they imagined. Chris Houghton’s side has still not managed to get full points in the league and is languishing one spot from the bottom. They have not lost many players but they just don’t seem to play as well as last year. Moreover, they also don’t seem to get the rub of the green as their matches have all been very tight except for the opening day drubbing by Fulham. The thing about Norwich is that they are a direct team and as we saw in the last match against West Ham, sometimes Arsenal has problems dealing with such teams. The Canaries would probably have the same attacking mentality as West Ham and in Grant Holt, they have their own Andy Carroll. I don’t think it is any secret that they will be looking to attack the Gunners are set-pieces so if it all boils down to how well we can handle their players in these situations.
In terms of player news, we will definitely be without Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny, both injured while away with their national teams while the rest of the injured players are still not ready to make a start. Apparently, Jack Wilshere has been included in the match day squad but I do not think we will see him take part in the game. Other than that we should see very little change made to the team against West Ham with Santos taking over from the injured Gibbs. I also expect Coquelin to start in place of Ramsey after the latter exertions with the Welsh squad.
Arsenal was in good form going into the international break so let’s hope it continues for us. Although I believe it will be a tough battle, I expect the Gunners to prevail and carry maximum points back to North London.