On implementing his style on the squad:
I say in the pre-season, in five or six weeks, you can implement how you want to play football. That’s the good thing about pre-season. It’s not what I have and I just try to do small building blocks and try to change things in a slow tempo, so hopefully we can understand it and practice it, but right now we have players who need to recover and we probably only get one and a half (training sessions) again before the next game. That’s football, for me I just try to make it as simple as possible for the players and hopefully we can get better.
On implementing his style on the squad:
Arsenal are on a really good run of form right now, and they’ll be desperate to continue that form over the course of the next few weeks and beyond. Still, there are plenty of reasons to remember their past more fondly than the majority of people do – and on this day five years ago, they proved to the world what they were capable of in an emphatic 4-1 triumph over Norwich City.
It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane, and this time, we’re heading all the way back to 2012. You could argue that the club’s situation wasn’t much better back then in comparison to now, and in many ways, it may even have been worse. The Gunners were struggling to get a foothold in the race for the top four, and with just a handful of games remaining, they slipped up in a big way as they drew 3-3 with Norwich City at the Emirates.
There’s always been a strong desire from Arsenal fans to look past on their past triumphs as opposed to looking ahead to the future, and in many ways, that makes sense. After all, their history is littered with championship victories and memorable moments, whereas in the present day, they continue to struggle to find their footing in a Premier League landscape filled with giants.
Thankfully, however, it’s not illegal to bask in the glory days – and because of that, we’re taking a look back at the Gunners’ victory over Norwich City from back in 2013. As you can imagine it was a game they were expected to win with relative ease, and as you can also imagine, they made hard work of it at the Emirates.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud set up the winning goal to help the Gunners to victory over Norwich City, but his overall performance was heavily criticised by the majority. The French international struggled to make an impact against the Canaries, but assisted Danny Welbeck for the winner to earn his side all three points.
Giroud has scored 12 goals in 36 Premier League appearances this season, but he’s enduring one of the worst goal droughts in his career. The 29-year-old hasn’t scored a goal in the league since mid-January, and risks seeing his tally moving to 16 games without scoring if he draws a blank in his next appearance.
Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium tonight, and are hoping to return to winning ways to cement their place in the top-four. Their opposition are fighting for Premier League survival so this evening’s clash is sure to be an enthralling affair.
Arsenal are four in the Premier League table with 64 points from 35 games this season, and have picked up three wins and three draws from their last six ahead of tonight’s clash. The Gunners need a result to ensure fifth-placed Manchester United don’t make up ground in the race for a Champions League spot.
Despite Arsenal suffering poor form in the Premier League ahead of tonight’s clash with Norwich City, the Gunners have actually been enjoying their longest runoff games without defeat. Arsene Wenger’s men have gone seven games unbeaten in the league, and could well make it eight if they can get a result against the Canaries.
After back-to-back league defeats to Manchester United and Swansea City, Arsenal have since gone seven games unbeaten against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Watford, West Ham United, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland. The problem for Arsenal has been the lack of wins during this run.
Arsenal welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, and are big favourites to pick up all three points. The Canaries are expected to put up a fight given their league status is at risk with time fast running out to haul themselves from the drop zone, but the Gunners boast a good home record against Norwich that could make this weekend’s clash a foregone conclusion.
Arsenal’s past meetings with Norwich City (2000 – present)
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been stepping up his fitness after recovering from a knee injury, but may miss out of this weekend’s Norwich City clash due to a lack of match practice.
The English international has trained for a week with the first-team, but hasn’t had much in the way of competitive action to boost his condition for Premier League football. As a result, he could be forced to wait to make his long-awaited return.
Oxlade-Chamberlain last featured for Arsenal in February, but the meeting with the Canaries has come too soon according to manager Arsene Wenger. “It’s Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first week in full training now so I don’t think I will select him this weekend,” he said.
Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla could well make the squad for Saturday’s meeting of Norwich City according to manager Arsene Wenger, with the Spanish international having trained well this month during his rehabilitation. He’s been out of action since November, but is now in line to make a long-awaited return to help Arsenal finish the season strongly.
His absence has coincided with a slump in form from the Gunners as Cazorla was playing a key role at the heart of the midfield. He was the side’s chief creator in the absence of Mesut Ozil, and was vital for Arsenal retaining possession. The Spaniard was also much more industrious than in recent seasons, and played a big part in pressing the opposition.