Arsenal vs. Norwich City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal points during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on October 6, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The Premier League season couldn't have started any differently for Arsenal and Norwich City. 

Despite a slew of injuries, the Gunners are currently atop the table with 16 points. Despite exciting summer signings like Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer, Norwich have stumbled out of the blocks, currently in the relegation zone and in 18th place with just seven points. 

Now, these two teams at opposite ends of the table square off as the Premier League returns after the international break. Let's break this contest down. 

 

When: Saturday, October 19 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. BST)

Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England

Watch: NBC Sports Live Extra; Premier League Extra Time

Odds: Arsenal (62.0 percent), Norwich City (16.5 percent) and draw (21.5 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports

 

Key Storylines

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13:  Santi Cazorla of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on April 13, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Late in the week, it was reported by David Hytner of The Guardian that Mesut Ozil was expected to be fine for this contest, Santi Cazorla and Bacary Sagna were each training and could possibly start, and Theo Walcott remains two weeks away from playing.

If Cazorla can go in this game, the Gunners are going to be a handful given the stellar play of Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in the midfield. It remains to be seen if Jack Wilshere will once again be deployed out widean unfamiliar position, but a role he's managed to perform admirably in despite that fact. 

For Norwich City, getting an attack that has mustered just five goals in seven matches—tied for worst in the Premier League—is key. Arsenal have been spotty at the back at times, allowing eight goals on the season, but Norwich City are going to have to pounce hard on the counter-attack, as Arsenal will likely dominate possession. 

Perhaps this will be the match for van Wolfswinkel to finally get his second goal. If he's held in check, Norwich are going to be in big trouble. 

 

Prediction

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Ge
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It's hard to not get the feeling that the Gunners will roll in this one. They might be getting Cazorla back, they're at home and they are looking to recover from a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw against West Brom. 

You could make the argument that the Gunners might overlook Norwich City with a match against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on tap this week, but the Gunners are too smart to take any team for granted after bursting to an early start. 

In a year without a clear favorite, Arsenal are just as capable of winning the league as any other squad, especially as they get more healthy.

Look for them to roll Norwich, 3-0. 

 

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