Arsenal vs. Norwich City: Preview, Live Stream, Start Time and More

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMay 1, 2012

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger waves at the crowd during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Britannia Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Arsenal and Norwich City take battle at the Emirates on Saturday with only two EPL matches left to go for each squad.

The Gunners are coming off a 1-1 tie with Stoke City while the Canaries fell 3-0 to Luis Suarez and Liverpool last week.

On the line in this one is most notably third place for Arsenal. The Gunners have a four point lead over Tottenham for the sought-after third spot, but Tottenham has one more game left to play. 

The Gunners must win this one to continue to feel safe. 

Here's a closer look at Saturday's matchup.


Where: Emirates Stadium, Holloway, London

When: May 5, 7:45 a.m. EST

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Last time these two teams met

Norwich and Arsenal met way back on November 19, and it came at a time when Robin van Persie was on absolute fire, although that's pretty much been the whole year. 

Nonetheless, the Dutchman slotted two goals, including the game-winner in the 59th minute as Arsenal came out on top, 2-1.

Norwich grabbed an early lead on Steve Morison's goal, but Arsenal pretty much controlled the game after that. The Gunners put up 20 shots (11 on goal) compared to just nine (two on goal) for the Canaries. 

That one was at Carrow Road, so don't be surprised if Saturday's matchup at the Emirates gets out of hand.


Norwich City player to watch: Grant Holt

NORWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Grant Holt of Norwich City battles with Maynor Figueroa of Wigan Athletic during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road on March 11, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jamie
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Holt hasn't scored in his last four appearances, but the 31-year-old forward continues to be Norwich's greatest threat up front. 

Despite his recent goal-less streak, Holt has put four shots on target in his last three matches, so don't be surprised if he nets one on Saturday. 

He tends to disappear for a few games and then go off, as he has netted two goals in a game three times this season. That means Holt could be primed for a big game against the Gunners, who have the tendency to lose focus on defense. 


Arsenal player to watch: Robin Van Persie

Who else?

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal misses a chance at goal watched by John Terry of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mik
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Van Persie is having a season to remember, and he only needs to find the net two more times to reach 30 EPL goals.

Here's a secret: he's going to get it against Norwich.

In Norwich's last five, they have allowed an excruciating 14 total goals. They have been ripe for the picking lately and van Persie will take advantage early and often. 

The Dutchman has only scored twice in his last eight, but one of those came last week against Stoke City. He appears to getting back to top form. 



Norwich has done a nice job in its first season back in the EPL, but they will be overmatched at the Emirates. 

Arsenal still has plenty to play for, as they want a guaranteed spot in the Champions League while Norwich is safe from relegation and doesn't have much to play for. 

Combine that with Norwich's lack of defense as of late, and we could be seeing a blowout on our hands, although it is sometimes hard to trust the Gunners.

I'll take Arsenal, 4-1. 


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