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ARSENAL PREVIEW

17 October 2013

All you need to know ahead of our trip to the Emirates

ARSENAL v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
15.00 kick-off
Emirates Stadium
Saturday, October 19, 2013

SATURDAY’s trip to Premier League leaders Arsenal comes almost a year to the day since the Canaries kick-started their 2012-13 campaign with victory over the Gunners at Carrow Road.

They will be keener to recall memories of that day rather than the subsequent trip to the Emirates, where City edged nearer to the relegation spots after a late triple blow saw them lose 3-1.

Norwich have scored in each of their last four visits to North London, but have also conceded 15 goals in those matches – a defensive stat they will hope to improve this weekend.

Encouraging performances against Stoke City and Chelsea and the possibility of revenge for April’s sickening defeat will see supporters travel in optimism.

Arsene Wenger’s side have been in impeccable form, however, since their opening day reverse to Aston Villa, winning nine and drawing two of their subsequent games.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Arsenal 3-1 NORWICH CITY 13/04/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-0 Arsenal 20/10/2012 – Premier League
Arsenal 3-3 NORWICH CITY 05/05/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-2 Arsenal 19/11/2011 – Premier League
Arsenal 4-1 NORWICH CITY 02/05/2005 – Premier League

LAST TIME AROUND… Arsenal 3-1 Norwich City, April 13 2013 – Premier League
The Canaries were stunned by three Arsenal goals in the final ten minutes in a controversial encounter the last time the two sides at the Emirates Stadium back in April.

Michael Turner nodded City into a second-half lead but after Mikel Arteta converted a contentious penalty with just five minutes left on the clock, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski struck to rub salt into the wounds and send Chris Hughton’s men home empty handed.

City’s boss said afterwards: “A decision has gone against us that a linesman has given from 45 to 50 yards away and the referee is less than 10 yards away.

"For a linesman to give it from that distance, and the third goal was offside and it was 10 yards away from him, it's almost criminal on a day that we deserved so much more.

GUNNERS FORM…
D – 1-1 v West Bromwich Albion (A) 06/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-0 v Napoli (H) 01/06/2013 – Champions League
W – 2-1 v Swansea City (A) 28/09/2013 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v West Bromwich Albion (A) 25/09/2013 – Capital One Cup Third Round
W – 3-1 v Stoke City (H) 22/09/2013 – Premier League

CANARIES FORM…
L – 1-3 v Chelsea (H) 06/10/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Stoke City (A) 29/09/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-2 (AET) v Watford (A) 24/09/2013 – Capital One Cup Third Round
L – 0-1 v Aston Villa (H) 21/09/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (A) 14/09/2013 – Premier League

LAST ARSENAL XI (4-2-3-1 v West Bromwich Albion)…
Wojciech Szczesny; Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey; Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere; Olivier Giroud.

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-3-3 v Chelsea)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong (c), Michael Turner, Martin Olsson; Alexander Tettey, Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson; Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass, Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

REFEREE – Lee Probert…
Wiltshire official Lee Probert took charge of the Canaries’ memorable 1-0 victory over Arsene Wenger’s men at Carrow Road almost a year ago.

City also won the other game Probert officiated – the 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic – so supporters will be hoping he continues to be a lucky omen come Saturday afternoon.

Last season, Probert refereed 34 games in all competitions, giving out 105 yellow cards and six red cards.

His most recent assignment was West Ham United’s shock 3-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago.

PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Newcastle United v Liverpool (12.45)
ARSENAL v NORWICH CITY
Chelsea v Cardiff City
Everton v Hull City
Manchester United v Southampton
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City v Sunderland
West Ham United v Manchester City (17.30)
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 16.00)
Crystal Palace v Fulham (Monday, 20.00)





















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