By Joe Brewin

Theo Walcott says Norwich’s impressive start to life back in the Premier League should not come as a shock.

The Canaries have made a strong opening to the campaign and sit ninth after 11 games following their promotion from the Championship in May.

Arsenal travel to Carrow Road for Saturday’s early kick-off as they look to continue their own excellent form - but Walcott is not expecting an easy ride.

“I'm not surprised by their start at all,” he told Arsenal.com. “All the teams who come up tend to do well at the start of the season.

“They show tremendous spirit because they've got nothing to lose at times. Obviously they will be the underdogs going into the game but we can't take that for granted.

“It will be a tough game and they are playing well - especially at home at this moment in time. We have to be ready and on our game.”

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