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CITY V ARSENAL PREVIEW

19 October 2012

A look ahead to Saturday's Carrow Road clash

NORWICH City’s first test after the international break is a welcome return to Carrow Road with the visit of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.

After a couple of defeats, the Canaries will be looking to get back to the sort of performances that saw them take points off Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham United so far this season.

Last season’s top scorer Grant Holt is off the mark for City with two goals in his last two games, whilst Welsh international Steve Morison – who netted twice against the Gunners last season, has also been on the score sheet this season.

The Gunners meanwhile have been in impressive form this campaign, with new signings Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud impressing in recent weeks as Wenger’s side sit in seventh position ahead of Saturday’s clash.

Kick-off is at 5.30pm, and you can listen live to the action through Canaries Player, as well as following live updates on Canaries.co.uk, and through our official Twitter (@NorwichCityFC) and Facebook pages.   

- Watch EXCLUSIVE video in our 'Kick It Off' preview show on Canaries Player for FREE with a 14-day trial. Click here.
- Watch Manager Chris Hughton's pre-match press conference. Click here.
- Read Manager Chris Hughton's thoughts ahead of the big match. Click here.
- Read what City favourite Russ Martin had to say ahead of the visit of Arsenal. Click here.

TEAM NEWS
CITY: Defender Steven Whittaker is edging closer to a return, but Saturday’s match will come too early for the Scottish international who will take part in Monday’s U21s clash at Reading. Midfielder Robert Snodgrass resumed training on Thursday and will be monitored, but Harry Kane (foot) is still out. 

ARSENAL: Wenger has a host of injury problems to contend with ahead of Saturday’s game, including Theo Walcott (bruised lung) who picked up a knock in England’s win over San Marino. Lukasz Fabianski (ankle) Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) are both missing, as is Jack Wilshere (ankle) who continues he comeback in the U21s. Kieran Gibbs (hip), Abou Diaby (thigh), Tomas Rosicky (calf), and Bacray Sagna (broken leg) are also thought to be unavailable.  


LAST LINE UPS:
Chelsea v CITY
John RUDDY,
Russ MARTIN,
Sebastien BASSONG,
Javier GARRIDO,
Leon BARNETT,
Bradley JOHNSON,
Jonny HOWSON,
Wes HOOLAHAN,
Elliott BENNETT,
Alex TETTEY,
Grant HOLT (c)

West Ham v ARSENAL
Vito MANNONE,
Per MERTESACKER,
Thomas VERMAELEN (c),
Carl JENKINSON,
Kieran GIBBS,
Mikel ARTETA,
Aaron RAMSEY,
Santi CAZORLA,
Lukas PODOLSKI,
Olivier GIROUD,
GERVINHO

MANAGER: ARSENE WENGER
Since taking charge of the Gunners way back in 1996, Wenger has led his side to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and a Champions League final, as well as winning countless plaudits for his attractive style of football. The 62-year-old Frenchman is responsible for spotting of nurturing some of the best foreign talent the English game has seen in recent years, and his current crop of stars are enough to give any team a run for their money. 

ONE-TO-WATCH: SANTI CAZORLA
A £15M summer signing from Spanish top-flight team Malaga, 27-year-old Cazorla looks to be another shrewd acquisition for Wenger, impressing fans and pundits alike during his nine games in an Arsenal shirt so far. The skilful Spanish midfielder has netted twice this season – against Liverpool and a long-range strike against West Ham last time out, something City will need to be on guard against at Carrow Road. 


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Norwich City v Arsenal
Norwich City winsDrawsArsenal wins
League81719
FA Cup102
League Cup112
Total101823
Despite Robin Van Persie’s brace giving Arsenal a win at Carrow Road last season, Steve Morison’s superb late strike earned City a well-deserved point in a 3-3 draw at the Emirates in May 2012. The Gunners do have a better head-to-head record against the Canaries, but City have pulled off some impressive wins – including coming back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Highbury on the opening day of the inaugural Premier League season in 1992-93. 


TOP LEAGUE SCORERS
CITY: Grant Holt – Two league goals 

ARSENAL: Gervinho – Three league goals

MOST LEAGUE STARTS
CITY: John Ruddy, Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson, Russell Martin – Seven league starts

ARSENAL: Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Lukas Podolski –Seven league starts

Lee ProbertREFEREE:  
The 40-year-old Gloucestershire-based referee will take charge of Saturday’s clash – the first time he has been in charge of either a City or Arsenal game this season. Last campaign he was the man-in-the-middle for City’s 2-0 home win over Bolton, and the 1-1 draw away with Everton. He took charge of Arsenal matches twice in 2011-12 – both defeats to Manchester City and Fulham. 

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