Midfielder excited by return to boyhood clubGAMES against the likes of Arsenal are what Norwich City’s players relish about playing in the Premier League, says midfielder Bradley Johnson.
The Canaries travel to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow looking to extend their two-game unbeaten run against Arsene Wenger’s Champions League hopefuls.
Johnson says these types of matches are what competing in the top flight is all about, and admits this one holds extra significance having been brought up in a family of Gunners supporters and having had a spell in their Academy.
“It’s always a test going to the big clubs. That’s why we want to be in the Premier League – to test ourselves against the best teams,” said the 25-year-old.
“It’s special for me and my family because I’ve grown up an Arsenal fan, and my whole family are Arsenal fans. They’re so proud of what I’ve done and to be walking out against Arsenal at the Emirates is a great feeling.
“It’s a great stadium and Arsenal are a great team, but they’ve got to lose at some point and hopefully we can make it a loss for them on Saturday.”
The Canaries won their first Premier League game of the season against the north Londoners at Carrow Road back in October, and Johnson says they will try and approach Saturday’s match in a similar fashion.
“We know what we’ve got to do against Arsenal. We had a game plan at our place and upset them,” he added.
“We know they’re a passing side, and we set a game plan out to try and upset them and try and get in their faces, and it’s worked for us in recent games.
“Nothing’s going to change on Saturday – we’re going to go there and do the same so hopefully it will be a good match.”
Johnson has earned several plaudits for his consistency this season, and even though he admits he’s probably enjoying the best spell of form in his career to date, he isn’t prepared to take his position for granted.
“I think I am playing the best I have. It’s always good to play every week, but I know there are lads who can come into the team and do maybe an even better job than I can do,” he said.
“It’s down to the lads who are getting a shirt week-in, week-out to keep those other lads out. I’ve got my head down in training, worked hard and done my best on a Saturday.”