The heavily favored home side did not play badly by any means. Rather, the visiting Canaries were in a spirited form that belied their three-game losing streak. Having allowed 11 goals in those previous three games, including nine at home to visiting sides Manchester City and Liverpool, the Norwich side hardly looked to be a dangerous opponent for an Arsenal squad playing in North London.
This Saturday's game is a golden opportunity for the Gunners to redeem themselves. In tandem with difficult matches for several of the sides sitting above them in the Premier League table, Arsenal can make their way back into a Champions League place if results go their way.
In order to do so, however, they must be near their best to defeat a gritty Norwich playing at home.