Form Focus: An In-Depth Look At Norwich City

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Arsenal travel to Norwich City this weekend and will be hoping to get back into some Premier League form following last weekend’s slip up.

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The Gunners were taken by surprise by a West Brom side who had just one clear cut chance to win the game 2-1, and put a dent in Arsene Wenger’s hopes of reaching the top of the table.

And this weekend will be no different in any sense, with Alex Neil’s side currently placed at 16th in the table and desperate to get some points on the board.

The Canaries boss has just one absentee for Sunday afternoon, midfielder Alex Tettey, so has a full-strength squad at his disposal for this tough test.

Fresh Arsenal have analysed how things will look ahead of the meeting at Carrow Road, having picked out all of the relevant stats you need to know before 4pm.

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On paper, it doesn’t look great for the boys in green and yellow, but despite their failure to pick up vital points, they’ve shown a massive consistency in playing confident football.

Three of their last four losses have featured a scoreline difference of just one goal, so oppositions have found it extremely difficulty to break down a defensive partnership of Russell Martin and Sebastian Bassong.

However, whilst they may be at the heart of Norwich’s defence, so far in the 2015/16 campaign they’ve conceded 24 goals, the fifth worst in the Premier League.

Norwich’s last game was a 1-0 loss to title holders Chelsea, and in a stalemate of a game Jose Mourinho’s side never looked comfortable in challenging the backline.

They’ve had some tough fixtures and are currently in a pile up of the big boys, having recently challenging Manchester City, Chelsea and a thumping 6-2 defeat to Newcastle.

Alex Neil is a very precautious manager, and has already stated his admiration for Arsenal’s style of play after revealing he feels they’re the best attacking side in the division.

And if Arsenal are going to get anything from this game, it will be through the middle of the park, where Mesut Ozil can push on from his excellent form to expose the missing Alex Tettey.

Top Goalscorer: Nathan Redmond (4 goals)

Not your most conventional striker but the fact is that he’s popped up to score goals when Norwich need them, he’s always in the right place but has struggled to capitalise.

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The youngster hasn’t managed to find the back of the net since the 18th of October though, and will have to pull something special out to beat Petr Cech.

But despite his dry spell this is a player who is always digging at your heels and looking to work hard to win possession back.

He represents a classic Englishman who’s come through football at a young age, and will be a handful for Per Mertesacker especially.

Most Assists: Wes Hoolahan (5)

Having played at a good level for most of his career, Hoolahan is a classic midfielder who will add to the team in any way possible.

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Although he’s beginning to stray into a more defensive mindset, don’t think he won’t be in and around the edge of the area to have a pop at goal.

His lethal strikes and ability at set pieces is what makes him a standout name on the team sheet, and with every game this man is growing with confidence.

Arsenal have looked incredibly vulnerable whilst defending from free-kicks this season, so have no doubts that Norwich will want to penetrate as much as they can in the air.

One To Watch: Sebastian Bassong

Sat at the heart of Norwich’s defence, Bassong has become a pivotal character in this squad for the 2015/16 campaign, and he’ll be key if City want to pick up some points.

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Having already picked up 16 appearances at centre back, the 29-year-old loves to stand tall and has adapted to having the ball at his feet, rather than just punting it into the stands.

The former Spurs defender is prone to getting himself in the book however, but standing at 6″2 he won’t care if he can put a stop to Olivier Giroud’s fine form.

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