Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Michael Bailey for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Norwich City have constantly used different formations and players this season. However, the players that have impressed most are Wes Hoolahan, Elliott Bennett and Anthony Pilkington.

"All three have the technical ability to create opportunities for the likes of Grant Holt and Steve Morison when Arsenal go to Carrow Road on Saturday."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"More often that not it's been something of a 4-2-3-1 formation with the lone striker in Steve Morison and Wes Hoolahan just off him. Elliott Bennett and Anthony Pilkington then occupy the two flanks with a couple of holding midfielders.

"In the Aston Villa game, however, they reverted to a 4-4-2 and brought back Grant Holt. I think it's just the fact he's not quite as mobile as Morison means he's not played quite as much as he'd have liked. That said, the impact he's made off the bench is probably what pushed him to get that start. He's done really well when he's come on and he's still a cult figure down here. I don't think Paul Lambert would like to leave him out.

"Since Lambert has been in charge they have been very positive. They have always attacked sides, and that showed even when they travelled to places like Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. Liverpool were very good in the first half but in the second they had a go again.

"Overall I think the fans are being entertained and they're enjoying the fact that there's no fear in the side even though there isn't too much experience at this level. It will be like that on Saturday I'm sure - you'll get pretty long odds on it being goalless I'm sure.

"Lambert says he tries to pick a side to fit the opposition, concentrating on their weaknesses more. Pace has troubled Norwich in the last few weeks so they might just be tempted to let Arsenal have the ball in front of them and hit them on the break. They have two very good wingers who have made the step up from the Football League seamlessly. Hoolahan is also a man who can cause all sorts of problems in midfield - they will try to use him as much as possible.

"I think defensively across the back four Norwich have looked a little weak. They've conceded six goals in the last two games, a few of which were down simply to sloppy defending rather than cutting-edge forward play. It's nothing specific, just collectively a few mistakes seem to have crept in.

"They haven't kept a clean sheet yet this season, and that's the monkey that the team needs to get off their back - although I can't see it happening on Saturday!

"I'd take a 2-2 draw here and now. If there was fewer than four goals I think we could see that as a disappointment."

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    18 Nov 2011