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Before and after every first-team fixture, our MatchDay Show guest and an Arsenal blogger will have their say on the game.
Arsenal took on Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were former Gunner Stephen Hughes and Graeme Rawlings aka Wigan Gooner.
Read on for their verdict on the Norwich game.
STEPHEN HUGHES, STUDIO GUEST
It was a really disappointing result and every player will have gone home and thought about their individual performance. Not many will have been satisfied. Norwich are on a bad run and that makes it even worse than the actual result.
I don’t think the team underestimated Norwich. They were always going to play with one up front, pack the midfield and try to nick something on the counter. Once they got the goal, they had something to hold on to. I think they would have been happy with a draw but to actually win the game will leave them absolutely delighted.
Maybe the international break interfered with Arsenal’s momentum. The team didn’t deserve to win. They didn’t look sharp and got what they deserved. It was a very un-Arsenal-like performance.
You have to become consistent if you’re going to challenge in the league. You need to pick up points when you’re not playing well. For me that’s key. That’s the sign of a real top side.
I was pleased to see Serge Gnabry make his Permier League debut. I know the Club have really high hopes for him and he looks big, strong and comfortable on the ball. I’m pretty sure he’s got a fantastic career ahead of him. We were well below par but the main thing is the two games coming up this week. We need to win those.
Arsenal are in very good form going into the game. Norwich are usually quite difficult to beat at home and Carrow Road is a tough place to go to. They’ve been going through a bit of a barren spell and will be looking to bounce back.
Norwich’s start has been far from easy, but they have been conceding a lot of goals. I’m sure they’ll have worked on being harder to break down during the international break. I don’t think Arsenal have anything to fear, but it will be a tough test.
Olivier Giroud looks to be getting into some good form. He’s a different type of centre forward to what we’re used to. He’s a big, strong target man who is good in the air and works really hard. Now he’s scored some goals he willl hopefully have some more belief in himself. I’m delighted for Giroud. I think he’ll be a big player this season.
It’s very difficult when a lot of players go away on international duty, and Arsenal have so many players that represent their countries. They have to recover from their matches and some will have done a lot of travelling. It’s never easy to have one day of training and then get back into the right frame of mind for a game. Hopefully they will be able to build on that outstanding win against West Ham last time out.
I think there will be goals again. Arsenal will be a real threat going forward and I think they will win 3-1.
GRAEME RAWLINGS, WIGAN GOONER
Arsenal started like I'd hoped they would. They played with a frenetic pace and a massive desire with Santos, Cazorla and Podolski a lively combination down the left. We looked dangerous when we played our football, but time went on and the goal didn't come. I felt at times we were just trying too hard - trying to force a goal. And Norwich's goal - completely against the run of play - knocked us off our stride. We lost our style as Norwich denied us space in the centre. Cazorla became isolated and wasn't able to influence the play as he normally can.
Ramsey kept working hard to create space and opportunities, but Norwich were relentless in their work-rate and team work. In the end Arsenal were limited to pushing the ball out wide to Jenkinson, Gervinho and Santos. The crossing was decent, but Turner and Bassong are good in the air and defended well, restricting Giroud to scraps. It looked briefly like the Ox could make a difference but his injury - inflicted seconds after he had come on - summed up Arsenal's day. Now we need to forget this swiftly, because the Schalke game approaches and we will need to return to form if we are going to get a positive result.
Coming off the back of an exciting, marker-setting win at West Ham, you could be easily swayed into believing an away game at Carrow Road would be a routine victory in a season where our teamwork, desire and verve has proven very effective against the very best. However, international breaks have a way of disrupting the rhythm of a side, especially one that relies so much on an almost telepathic level of communication and understanding. Our football at times this season has been sublime - world-class, skilful, one-touch passing football orchestrated by the master, Santi Cazorla.
Of our first team that started against West Ham, only four players did not participate with their national teams over the break while the others returned from duty in reasonably good health - a notable exception being Theo Walcott after that rather agricultural challenge against San Marino. As for Norwich, their manager Chris Hughton has had rather mixed fortunes after taking over in the summer from Paul Lambert. They have yet to win a game in the Premier League this year, with their record so far being W0 L4 D3. However, as with all of Hughton's teams they have a great work ethic and an excellent team spirit. Arsenal will have to be sharp, focused and ready, because they will be ready for us. Nothing less than the best will win the game for us on Saturday.
* The views expressed in Talking Heads do not necessarily reflect those of Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal Broadband LtdCopyright 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 22 Oct 2012