Norwich v Arsenal preview
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Chris Hughton: Norwich boss has seen his side ship nine goals in their last two games
Chris Hughton must urgently address the problems of Norwich's porous defence as Arsenal make the trip to Carrow Road in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Canaries are struggling to repeat their top-flight heroics of last season under Paul Lambert and are entrenched in the relegation zone without a win from their opening seven matches.
Arsene Wenger: Gunners boss
Of more concern for Hughton is their two results prior to the international break, when nine goals were shipped in morale-sapping defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Chelsea.
The task facing Norwich does not get any easier this weekend, with the Gunners having coped well with the summer departure of captain and last season's top scorer Robin van Persie.
Hughton hopes for progress
France international Olivier Giroud broke his Premier League duck for the Gunners prior to the international break in the victory over West Ham and was then on target for his country in the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Spain.
Germany's Lukas Podolski has already netted four times this season, while in Spain international Santi Cazorla, Arsene Wenger has lured one of the continent's most creative players to north London.
Norwich hope to have forward Robert Snodgrass available after he returned from international duty with Scotland because of an ankle problem.
Defender Steven Whittaker has returned to full training after his pre-season ankle problem, but is not yet being considered for a first-team return.
On-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane is sidelined by a broken metatarsal.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will not be fit for the trip to Carrow Road after he was hospitalised with chest and lung injuries after a heavy collision with the San Marino goalkeeper at Wembley.
Defender Laurent Koscielny (back) is out and left-back Kieran Gibbs remains on the sidelines with the thigh injury he sustained in the victory over West Ham.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is to see a specialist over an ankle ligament problem, while Wojciech Szczesny is two weeks away from a return following an ankle problem. Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (Achilles) are still out.
Jack Wilshere has travelled with the squad, but Wenger has suggested the midfielder will not be involved.
- There has been a total of 25 goals scored in the last five Premier League meetings between Norwich and Arsenal.
- Arsenal have won five and lost none of their last 11 games against Norwich in all competitions.
- The Gunners have won five and lost none of their last 12 trips to Carrow Road in all competitions.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Ruddy
- 3 Whittaker
- 6 Turner
- 5 Bassong
- 23 Martin Olsson
- 22 Redmond
- 8 Howson
- 4 Johnson B
- 10 Fer
- 11 Hooper
- 16 Elmander
Team taken from Norwich City vs Swansea City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 15th December 2013
- 1 Szczesny
- 3 Sagna
- 4 Mertesacker
- 6 Koscielny
- 17 Monreal
- 16 Ramsey
- 20 Flamini
- 14 Walcott
- 11 Ozil
- 10 Wilshere
- 12 Giroud
Team taken from Arsenal vs Manchester City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 14th December 2013
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