Arsenal face Norwich City in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Key clash - Giroud v Bassong
Key clash - Giroud v Bassong

Having won six of their past seven Premier League matches, Arsenal will be heavy favourites against Norwich on Saturday. Chris Hughton's side are without a win in five matches and have conceded eight times in this period -  enough to have Olivier Giroud licking his lips in anticipation.

The France international has tended to score in bursts during his debut season in England, and with three goals in his past six games his confidence will be high. Of his 10 Premier League goals, only one has come away from home - his first, against West Ham in October - while six have come against sides in the bottom half of the table.

He is likely to be marked by the muscular Sebastien Bassong on Saturday. The former Tottenham centre back has had a good first season at Carrow Road and is a particular force in the air. Bassong has won 63.2 per cent of his aerial duels and 61.6 per cent of his overall duels, while he's also made an impressive 183 clearances this term.

Moving him around will be vital, and that is where Giroud should prove vital. If he can pull Bassong out of position, it will open up areas in which the likes of Santi Cazorla and Gervinho can roam and cause havoc. It promises to be an intriguing battle.

ARSENAL v NORWICH - MATCH FACTS

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in four  Premier League home meetings with the Canaries (W2 D2), averaging four goals per game over the last three
  • Norwich won 4-2 at Highbury in their first-ever Premier League game in August 1992; since then, only four other away teams have netted four times in a league game against the Gunners and no side has netted more
  • Grant Holt has scored in both of his last two meetings with Arsenal
  • The Emirates has seen more goals (59) than any other Premier League ground this term
  • Only league leaders Manchester United have taken as many points from their last six Premier League games as Arsenal (both 15)
  • Norwich City are without a win in seven away league games (D2 L5)
  • Chris Hughton's side have won only one of their last 15 league games (D7 L7)
  • If only second halves counted, Arsenal would be top of the Premier League with 61 points this season (Man Utd third on 53)
  • The Gunners have scored a league-high seven fast break goals this season
  • Grant Holt has conceded a league-high 70 fouls this season

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Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 12 Apr 2013