Norwich City v Arsenal Preview

Norwich City v Arsenal Preview

After a run of dodgy results, the Watford game was viewed as a potential form changer to start climbing the table.

The result and performance leading into the international break was not a positive one on either level as Watford enjoyed a straightforward evening.

The international break provided more breathing space for squad repairs and healing. The only real hope was the return of another established defender to shake things up. Grant Hanley broke down but thankfully Christoph Zimmerman returned against Everton.

Undoubtedly Christoph lifted the whole team, brought steel to the back four and demonstrated the qualities that made him the runner up for the Player of the Season award for last seasons Championship marauding campaign.

Coming into the Everton game the best I hoped for was a low scoring draw, however, a clean sheet and two goals made it a perfect weekend.

Norwich City fans will hope and pray for the Toffees victory to act as a launchpad for more points and with the German mentality of the coaching staff, I have faith in Daniel Farke setting out the right team with the right mentality.

Norwich have only won once in the last eighteen games against Arsenal, when Grant Holt netted in a 1-0 victory in 2012.

A classic victory goes back to the season opener in 1992 at Highbury when Champions Arsenal were 2-0 up at halftime and subsequently lost 4-2. David Phillips and Ruel Fox scored one each whilst debutant and second-half substitute Mark Robins scored a brace.

Going back further, City won 3-0 at Highbury in the League Cup in November 1972. Graham Paddon scored a hattrick and captain Duncan Forbes punctured his lung challenging for a header just before half time.

Unfortunately, Alex Tettey who forms an important defensive backbone to the team, will not be playing. However, the Everton win has gone to my head, I'm predicting a 2-1 win at Carrow Road.

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