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BPL Preview: Arsenal vs Norwich 

Arsenal FC and Norwich City are set to renew hostilities on Saturday when they meet on the pitch at Emirates Stadium.It’s Norwich City’s first action since a 3-1 loss against Chelsea FC. Arsene Wenger’s squad played most recently against West Brom, emerging with a 1-1 draw.

Arsenal’s unbeaten run in all competitions currently stands at 11 games, with the 1-1 draw with West Brom being the first time they’ve failed to win since the opening day defeat to Aston Villa.Norwich, meanwhile, have endured a tumultuous start to the season, winning just 2 of the opening 7 fixtures. The Canaries have scored in each of their last 7 Premier League meetings with Arsenal, but have collected just 4 points from a possible 21 in the process and have failed to score in 7 of their last 11 league games away from home.

What to expect from the Match

Arsenal have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 home matches against Norwich in all competitions and they are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 home matches in the Premier League.

Arsenal’s injury fears have begun to ease and manager Arsene Wenger is expected to have more attacking options available to him compared to the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.BacarySagna is a doubt and may not be risked, while MesutÖzil limped off during Germany’s 5-3 win over Sweden on Tuesday, but is expected to start alongside the returning SantiCazorla behind striker Olivier Giroud.Theo Walcott is available for selection, but is likely to start from the bench.AbouDiaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and YayaSanogo are all sidelined through injury.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton could recall Nathan Redmond to the starting XI after the winger started the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on the bench.He’ll likely replace Anthony Pilkington on the left-flank, with the winger injured. He’s joined by Elliott Bennett on the sidelines.

Players to watch out for

MesutOzil (Arsenal):The German playmaker has been one of the best transfer deals of the summer. The Gunners’ record buy has been in scintillating form and has been instrumental in Arsenal’s sustained flight at the top of the table.

Nathan Redmond(Norwich City):The English youngster has been a force to reckon with for most teams, and has been one of the stand-out performers for the Canaries. He will look to take exploit the lack of width in Arsenal’s midfield and create opportunities for their strikers to score.

Predicted Starting line ups

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Predictions

The Gunners have picked up 56 points in 2013 – the most of any Premier League team – and they’re expected to continue their fine run of form against an underperforming Norwich side.

Arsenal                                                                3-0                                          Norwich City

 

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