Arsenal plays host to Norwich City on Saturday at the Emirates as the Gunners look to continue their strong form and maintain their position at the top of the table.
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Arsene Wenger expects newly signed German international Mesut Ozil to have fully recovered from a knee injury suffered over the international break and he should be fit in time to face Norwich.
Midfielder Santi Cazorla could also return for the first time since September following an ankle injury, giving the Gunners a potent attacking duo in midfield, something Wenger has not had in recent seasons while fullback Bacary Sagna may also be involved.
Arsenal has collected more points (56) and more wins (17) in the Premier League in 2013 than any other side.
However, the Gunners will be without many key players. Forward Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby are all still recovering.
For Chris Hughton and Norwich the start of the season has not been kind as the Canaries find themselves in the third spot under the relegation line leading to speculation that Hughton could be out as manager if he does not provide decent results for his club in the coming weeks.
Forward Anthony Pilkington is doubtful as he continues to recover from injury. Pilkington made an early return from international duty with the Republic of Ireland due to a hamstring injury.
Norwich won 4-2 at Arsenal in their first ever Premier League game back in August 1992; only on four occasions since that game have the Gunners conceded more than four home league goals.
Norwich has scored in each of their last seven league games against Arsenal, but have collected just four points during that stretch. However, Wenger's side has only managed three clean sheets in their last 14 league games at the Emirates.
Kick off for the match is at 10 a.m. ET and can be watched online here.