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28 April 2016


Nickname: Gunners
Manager: Arsene Wenger
2014-15: 3rd
Ground: Emirates Stadium

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are tuned in to the challenge of facing a Norwich City team fighting for their lives in the Barclays Premier League.

The long-serving manager, speaking after the Gunners' 0-0 draw with Sunderland, believes this period in the season serves up two types of matches; those against teams with little to play for, and those versus sides with everything to win or lose.

"There are two leagues at the moment," assessed Wenger. "The teams who are taking it a little bit easier - you see some games and you think you would like to play them now, the teams who are safe and are not going for Europe.

"And then you have the teams who are going for something at the front and the teams who are fighting not to go down, and they are different games."

Full-back Hector Bellerin was Arsenal's sole representative in the PFA's Team of the Season.

The Spanish youngster has built on a stellar debut campaign last year with another impressive run of performances in the Gunners' first-team.

"For a professional the second season is always the hardest. You must prove that the level you showed in your first season was not a coincidence," Bellerin said after being selected in the XI.

"Also, you must keep a good level from the beginning to the end of the second season. Being awarded makes me very proud."

A Spain youth international, Bellerin joined the Arsenal Academy in 2011, having previously been on Barcelona's books from the age of eight.

City supporters will have been hoping for a favour from Arsene Wenger's team when they travelled north to take on Sunderland last Sunday.

Both teams had strong appeals for a penalty turned down in a first half where DeAndre Yedlin went closest as he struck Arsenal's post with a free-kick.

Ex-Gunners man Vito Mannone kept out Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi, but it was Petr Cech who was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the end as the visitors held on for a point.

The stalemate left Arsenal level on points with Manchester City in the race for Champions League spots in the Premier League table, with four matches remaining.

Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Petr Cech.

Defenders: Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, Carl Jenkinson.

Midfielders: Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta (c), Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flamini, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny.

Attackers: Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Serge Gnabry, Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi.

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