Norwich – Arsenal 20.10.2012
Struggling Norwich desperately need a win in order to finally escape the bottom three, but that is easier said than done when we know that the Canaries play host to Arsenal, a team that are showing constant improvement.
Norwich have caused a lot of surprises over the last few years, first by gaining promotion to the Premier League and then by surviving the maiden season in the top flight, but it appears this is the end of the road for the Carrow Road outfit. It is more than evident the team are suffering from the second season syndrome, while the departure of coach Paul Lambert certainly did not help their cause. Those are the reasons why Norwich now sit deep in the relegation zone having picked up just three points from first seven games, and after losing last three league fixtures, they cannot be expected to show a massive improvement against very good Arsenal side.
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Arsenal needed some time to hit the ground running following the serious changes to the playing squad in the summer, but we can honestly say the Gunners have already found their game. Led by impressive Santi Cazorla, Arsene Wenger’s side have been raising their game over the last few weeks, with the 3-1 away win over in-form West Ham serving as a huge confidence boost. With Olivier Giroud scoring his first Premier League goal, the Gunners should be even more ruthless up front, with all the players profiting from the new found confidence. Given that Jack Wilshire and Bacary Sagna are set to return into action.
I can only see Arsenal going from strength to strength this season. Having said that, the Gunners should have no problems beating out-of-sorts Norwich at Carrow Road.