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28 November 2015

Boss previews Sunday's visit of Arsenal

A FERVENT home support can spur Norwich City on against Arsenal this weekend, believes manager Alex Neil.

Carrow Road will be packed for the visit of Arsene Wenger's title-chasers, with the game also set for live television coverage on Sunday (4.15pm).

In his exclusive pre-match interview with Norwich City TV, Neil said the fans will have an important role to play if his team are to upset the odds.

"It's crucial. If we can put Arsenal on the back foot, then hopefully that can lift the crowd and that can then spur the players on," he said.

"We're the home side and we need to make that we go and apply ourselves as well as we can to try and take something from the game."

Neil admits that it will be a difficult challenge to combat a Gunners outfit who he argues are one of the toughest opponents to set up against in the Premier League.

"They're probably one of the most difficult teams in terms of figuring out how to come up against, certainly out of the ones I've looked at so far," he revealed.

"It's about trying to make sure we curtail them as much as we possibly can, but also to try and expose the weaknesses that they've got.

"It will be a really good test for us, but we've been working on a few things and hopefully we can put it into a plan."

Wenger's FA Cup holders earned a 3-0 Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb midweek, but they did suffer defeat in their last domestic outing at West Bromwich Albion.

On the Baggies loss, Neil added: "The one thing I will say is that Arsenal missed a penalty and a whole host of chances.

"Against the bigger teams, you're always hoping that they're not quite going to be at their best.

"The gameplan and the performance has got to be at the top level, and that's got to be the case this weekend."

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