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.
Ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Norwich City this weekend, supporters are planning a mass protest in response to the club’s failed title challenge, lack of lucrative spending and the continual excuses made by under-fire manager Arsene Wenger.
Two of Arsenal’s biggest fan groups are joining forces to make their voices heard at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night, and they have urged supporters to show banners saying: “Time for change. Arsenal is stale – fresh approach needed.”
With Arsenal’s top-four hopes in doubt should results go against them in this weekend’s round of Premier League games, manager Arsene Wenger has called on the supporters to “stick together and support the team”. Having dropped points against Sunderland in their last league outing, fans made their feelings clear, and Wenger faces more pressure from disgruntled supporters than he ever has.
“I can understand the frustration. No one is more frustrated than me, but our disappointment has not to go too far. When a club cannot enjoy anything anymore, it is in trouble, and we have to not forget that in football you go down very quickly and you come up very slowly. The club has very special values and one is to stick together and support the team – there is no success otherwise,” he said.