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Arsenal v Norwich City – Emirates Stadium – Premier League – Wednesday 6pm
Arsenal v Norwich City – Preview;
A visit from struggling Norwich City offers Mikel Arteta and his Gunners the perfect opportunity to extended their winning sequence to three.
Arsenal appears, albeit tentatively, to have turned the corner with victories on the road at Southampton as well as Sheffield United in the Emirates FA Cup, making the dressing room an altogether more jovial place to be in.
“After winning it’s always much more positive and happier, obviously,” the Gunners boss enthused.
“We had a really difficult start in terms of the fixtures – playing four games away from home – so it was always going to be a challenge. We’re happy to win the last ones and the mood around the camp is much better.”
Nevertheless, with matches coming thick and fast, fatigue is an issue not only for the players but also for the staff, faced with managing their wellbeing.
“The calendar that we have been given from the Premier League is pretty hectic,” he continued.
“We’re playing every three days, we’re having less recovery than other teams but the players are trying their best and we’re trying to give them everything we can – in terms of recovery – to have them in the best possible conditions for every game. They are trying their best, so hopefully, they will be fine tomorrow again.”
After four matches on the road, Arteta was pleased to be back at the Emirates Stadium, although recognised it would be tough without the backing of their crowd: “We really want to play at home. That’s where we enjoy more, but obviously not having the fans within is a tremendous disadvantage.
“We want to give them happy moments and enjoyment and at the moment we cannot do that just by seeing them as they have been watching on TV. But it’s what we have at the moment.”
Despite their upturn in fortunes, Arsenal remain off the pace in terms of booking a European berth ahead of next season. Consistency is now key for the Gunners chief as they attempt to chase down the top-six: “I think every game is going to be a must-win game from now because we have a few teams ahead of us. So the margin for error is minimal and as well, at home, we have to be very strong if we want any chance of finishing in the European places.”
Arsenal v Norwich City – Head to head;
Arsenal won; 28
Norwich City won; 11
Arsenal v Norwich City – Last five meetings (all competitions);
May 11, 2014 – Premier League
Norwich City 0-2 Arsenal
November 29, 2015 – Premier League
Norwich City 1-1 Arsenal
April 30, 2016 – Premier League
Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City
October 24, 2017 – League Cup
Arsenal 2-1 Norwich City
December 1, 2019 – Premier League
Norwich City 2-2 Arsenal
Jeevesie’s prediction; Arsenal 3-0 Norwich City
(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club)