Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Adrian Clarke and Tony Attwood, the editor of Untold Arsenal.

Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the match.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

There were a few nervy moments at the end for Arsenal, but in the end the right team certainly came away from Carrow Road with all the points. Norwich were plucky both going forward and at the back but in the end Arsenal’s dominance paid dividends. You sensed in the first half they may have been left to rue all of those missed opportunities – indeed, even Robin van Persie was guilty on occasions. But of course you should never doubt the Dutchman, and he produced the goods once more. It was an assured display of attacking football from Arsenal and long may it continue.

The international break is over and so we enter a run of seven games in 21 days - a period that could define Arsenal's season. They were in fine form before the break and will need to hit the ground running at Carrow Road because Norwich have really impressed in their first season back in the top flight. They play with great verve and the likes of Anthony Pilkington will need to be watched closely. But Arsenal have kept two clean sheets in a row and the return of Thomas Vermaelen will only make them tougher to break down. At the other end the likes of Gervinho and Theo Walcott should have enough pace to get in behind the Norwich defence and create chances for Robin van Persie.

Adrian Clarke

Norwich are not an easy team to beat on their own patch so it was pleasing to see Arsenal take all three points in such comfortable fashion. In truth, had the Gunners’ finishing been more ruthless it could have been a rout. I was hugely impressed with Thomas Vermaelen’s defending and distribution on the day, and it was great to see Laurent Koscielny slot in at right-back with the minimum of fuss. Going forward Arsenal always looked threatening and it was another excellent display from Messrs Walcott and Van Persie. Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of this clash was the ease with which we coasted to victory without any alarm bells. This side has the winning habit right now and long may it continue!

Thankfully everyone seems to have escaped from the international break unscathed and Arsenal will be hoping to carry on where they left off in their last match against West Brom, which was arguably the side’s most complete performance of the season so far. Norwich City won’t roll over easily though. In Paul Lambert they have an extremely shrewd coach and his team have impressed me with their adventurous play and strong character. While going forward the Canaries will pose a goal threat on home soil, I still fully expect the Gunners to have too much class for their defence to keep us at bay. This should be an entertaining game and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t deliver three more points for the Arsenal.


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On the blog I edit we do a preview for each game which focuses on the referee, and pre-match we noted that in recent seasons Phil Dowd’s pattern against us has become ultra-punitive - peppering us with bookings. But not on Saturday. Norwich  played football – no team bus in front of the goal, no rotational fouling, so we played mostly in their final third. Five wins in a row, 10 in the last 12, 13 goals for Robin (31 this year), Theo in the form of his life, and Koscielny is a fine full back. And Mr Wenger said in his post-match interview that “This is the club of my life.” Oh I’m loving this.

Games after international breaks are always a worry. As yet no one is reported to have broken anything while travelling but that doesn’t stop the gnawing feeling that any minute now we’ll be told that half the team have calf strains and, in our manager’s immortal phrase, will be “short” for Saturday. As for Norwich, the problem is I know precious little about their team. In fact my biggest contribution to human knowledge about Norwich away is that last time I did it, it took me 90 minutes to get out of the car park after the game (although we did win comfortably).

However Vermaelen and Koscielny is the central defence I’ve been dreaming about, Robin is a miracle worker, Jenkinson must be the bargain signing of this season last season and every other season, Ramsey looks like he’s ready to show Cesc how it really is done, Everton fans must be sick of what Arteta is doing for us, and what the hell was all that fuss about concerning the need to sign a goalkeeper? Nope, I’m not worried at all.  We’ll sail through this.  Although I’m still a trifle concerned about the car park.

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21 Nov 2011