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Arsenal head to Carrow Road to face a Norwich City team still looking for their first win of the season and on the verge of falling to the foot of the table if they do not start to pick up some points soon.
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton will be aiming to have his team focused, especially defensively, given that his side has conceded nine goals in their past two outings. However, to be fair to Norwich those nine goals were put past them by Liverpool and Chelsea. But that will come as little comfort as the team lies second to last place in league standings.
The one bright spot that Norwich can lean on is striker Grant Holt who has scored in each of the clubs last two matches and will be needed to provide some offensive prowess against an Arsenal side that has been stingy in conceding goals.
Hughton understands his club's task and the importance of coming away with points from this match to keep them from becoming stranded in the relegation zone.
"We know that we're up against a wonderful team in Arsenal that have started very well. They've added to an already very good squad that they've got this summer," Hughton told reporters during a press conference.
For Arsene Wenger and Arsenal their task is much less desperate, but still they will be urgent to pick up three points to continue their challenge for a Champions League spot, and potentially a fight for the EPL title. After falling to Chelsea at home two weeks ago the Gunners fought back and defeated West Ham United at home 3-1 in their last fixture.
The strong defensive play that has led the gunners so far this season will be needed today and they will be likely to start with Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen along with Carl Jenkinson and Andre Santos.
Arsenal will have to contend with a few injuries this week as Theo Walcott is still a week away from recovering from the injury he sustained during England's World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
Abou Diaby is also not available for Saturday's match as the midfielder is still a couple of weeks away from returning to action. That will leave Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta in midfield with Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla starting up top for the Gunners.
Kick-off for the match is at 12:30 p.m. EDT and can be watched online here.