Arsenal will be heading to Carrow Road on Sat. Oct. 20 to take on Norwich in an important English Premier League showdown. Norwich did well in their first year back in the league last season, but has struggled so far this campaign. They haven’t won a game yet and sit in last place in the 20-team league. They desperately need points or will find themselves relegated back into the Championship League at the end of the season.
Norwich lost manager Paul Lambert to Aston Villa at the end of last season and are struggling to make ends meet under Chris Hughton. The club has played seven league games so far and has just three draws to show for them. They’ve only scored five goals in those games which is a league low, and have let the second-most in, so it’s obvious where there weak points are. Breaking down Arsenal’s defence won’t be an easy task.
Arsenal sits in seventh place in the league table and is seven points behind league-leading Chelsea. They have three wins, three draws and a loss and need an away win here to keep within striking distance of their London neighbours. They could cut Chelsea’s lead down to four points with a win if Chelsea happens to lose their London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Many Arsenal players represented their homelands in the past week as the World Cup qualifiers were going on.
They still have some injuries to deal with as midfielder Jack Wilshere isn’t back yet after sitting out the last 17 months with leg injuries. They’ll also likely be without Emmanuel Frimpong and Bacary Sagna. In addition, their top two goaltenders, Polish internationals Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski are both out of action with ankle injuries. Szczesny is expected to be back in two or three weeks, but Fabianski is out for about three months after tearing his ligaments.
This means Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have to keep playing Vito Mannone of Italy in goal and he will be backed up by 20-year-old Damian Martinez. Mannone has played in seven of Arsenal’s matches this season with Martinez making one appearance in the League Cup and Szczesny starting the other two games. Arsenal looks to be a stronger squad than last year even though Golden boot winner Robin Van Persie skipped town and headed north to Manchester United.
They signed Spanish midfielder Santi Carzola in the summer along with forwards Lukas Podolski of Germany and Olivier Giroud of France. In addition, Ivory Coast international Gervinho has picked up his game and leads the club with five goals overall. Midfielder Mikel Arteta of Spain is also playing well and that’s why the Gunners have lost just one game this season, 2-1 at home to Chelsea.
Norwich City has lost three games in a row, which were against Newcastle, Chelsea, and Liverpool. They lost at home to Arsenal last season, but managed to pick up a draw and a point at the Emirates Stadium in London. There should be a few goals in this contest with Arsenal scoring most of them.
The latest game odds by Bet365.com have an Arsenal win listed at 4/7 with a Norwich victory at 9/2 and a draw at 16/5.