Arsenal FC: Can the Gunners Leave Carrow Road with Three Points?

Mike Goncalves@MGoncalves10Correspondent IIIOctober 19, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Olivier Giroud (C) of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his first league goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground on October 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The return of English midfielder Jack Wilshere will be a big boost for Arsene Wenger's squad as Arsenal travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday.

With the Canaries in desperate need of a victory, manager Chris Hughton will be under a lot of pressure.

Norwich City currently find themselves in 19th place, with three draws and four losses in the 2012-13 English Premier League campaign. After the departure of Paul Lambert, Chris Hughton's side has struggled to find consistency.

With just five goals scored in seven matches and 17 conceded, the Canaries will be hoping they can keep Arsenal off the scoresheet.

Arsenal enter this match coming off a well earned victory away against West Ham.

Making that victory even more impressive was the fact that new signing Olivier Giroud was able to find the back of the net for the first time in the English Premier League since joining the London side in June.

The French striker continued his form from the international break, when he had guided home a well-placed header in the last minute against Spain, earning France an important 1-1 draw.

Arsene Wenger will be happy to welcome back Jack Wilshere on Saturday, although he will not have Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs available. Walcott picked up a rib injury during the international break, while Gibbs was forced to withdraw from the England squad with a thigh injury.

Wilshere will enjoy his first presence on the squad this season after a prolonged injury kept him off the field. A positive rehab stint in the Arsenal youth squad has given Wenger confidence that his very talented midfielder is ready to get his first minutes in the new campaign.

With Wilshere as an option off the Arsenal bench, the current midfield of Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla will have to be at its best.

Ramsey may well be the player more under pressure, considering Cazorla and Arteta are near guarantees in the Arsenal side.

Saturday's match could cause problems for Arsenal if they aren't cautious and prepared for the match. A lackluster performance or overconfidence could really hurt the Gunners.

Keeping possession and forcing the opposition to make mistakes will be important for Arsenal. Considering the pressure Norwich are under to grab a win, dictating the pace of the game and grabbing the first goal could really rattle their player mentality.

Look for Olivier Giroud to get the start again in the Arsenal front line, while Norwich will be hoping Robert Snodgrass will be fit enough to play after picking up an ankle injury.

The Arsenal midfield should prove too much for a reeling Norwich side.

Chris Houghton could well be on his last legs as manager of the Canaries, as their poor start to the season could worsen after their match with Arsenal.


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