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MARTIN RELISHING ARSENAL TEST

19 October 2012

Russ Martin hoping for a performance at Carrow Road

CITY defender Russell Martin has reiterated the squad’s desire to put in an improved performance against Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The Canaries tackle the Gunners on the back of disappointing displays in back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Chelsea, but Martin is hoping that they can rediscover the sort of football that saw them take points off Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham, and West Ham before those games.

Last season Robin Van Persie, who has since left Arsene Wenger’s side to join Manchester United, scored twice at Carrow Road to earn Arsenal a close-fought 2-1 win, whilst in the return game at the Emirates, Steve Morison’s late equaliser earned City a well-deserved point in a 3-3 draw.

Martin told Canaries Player: “We need no motivation to get up for a game like this against one of the best teams in the country.

“There is never a question over the group of players the fans have at the Football Club at this moment in time. 

“The lads work their socks off so there’s not a question over their commitment to the cause. The overriding thing is frustration that we haven’t picked up as many points as we have deserved. 

“The last two games have been what they have been. We knew they were against tough opposition and we’re disappointed to have lost the way we have done. 

“We’ve a game on Saturday and we need to move on. That first win will come, and when it does, similarly to last year, we’ll go on a good run.

“We need to pick up some points, because it’s going to be tight this season between six or seven teams, we all know that.

“But the game is at Carrow Road - I love playing there, and I know the boys do.

“It’s a fantastic place to play. When we get the place going and the crowd rocking, it’s enjoyable. 

“Hopefully we’ll go there on Saturday, start well, the fans will be behind us like they have been every game this season, and we can thank them with a result.”

After going away with Scotland during the international break, Martin admitted that he was pleased to get back into the swing of things with his Norwich City team-mates having not featured for Craig Levein’s Scots.

He added: “I thought I might have had a good chance of playing in one of the games at least, but I didn’t and you have to accept that. 

“The manager has made his decision, and now it’s nice to be back in Norwich and to be able to look forward to Saturday.

“When you’re not sure if you’re going to play then you still have to prepare as if you are. Then if you don’t play it’s about keeping yourself mentally and physically right. 

“So for me I have been as professional as I can be and I’ve come back feeling good. Sometimes you can come back and feel a little sloppy, but I feel good and it’s great to be back amongst the lads and have a bit of banter.

“In football you have to move on really quickly, and we’re against Arsenal next. They are a little bit of a different proposition this year without Robin Van Persie. 

“But we’ve watched the videos and we’ve worked on things in training and if we do things right, stick to our training, then we’ll be okay.

“They’ve lost one player in Van Persie but brought in three or four other fantastic players. You can’t concentrate on one player though as they’ve got match winners all over the pitch. 

“If we go man-for-man and match them up, then we’ll give ourselves a fighting chance.”

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