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Norwich City v Arsenal

Carrow Road
Premier League
Saturday, October 20
KO 17:30

Team News

Arsene Wenger will be looking for his side to register their second Premier League away win in a row when they travel to Carrow Road on Saturday evening, after a convincing 3-1 victory over West Ham last time out.

The Frenchman must do so without winger Theo Walcott, who will miss the next two weeks following a nasty clash with the San Marino goalkeeper while on international duty with England.

Kieran Gibbs was forced to withdraw from the Three Lions squad due to a thigh strain and it will keep him out for a further fortnight, while Laurent Koscielny is missing after returning from France duty with a knock

It is not all bad news, however, as Jack Wilshere will be in a competitive squad for the first time since the summer of 2011, though there is no guarantee he will make the bench.

Meanwhile, Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is sweating over the fitness of midfielder Robert Snodgrass, who picked up an ankle injury while away with Scotland.

Steven Whittaker will also be missing, he has yet to recover sufficiently from an ankle knock.

Wenger: It’s too early for Jenkinson England call-up

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said promising young full-back Carl Jenkinson will one day be ready for international football, but the friendly with Sweden next month is too soon.

The 20-year-old’s reputation has grown considerably since the start of the season and him being drafted in to cover for injured regular right-back Bacary Sagna.

The former Charlton Athletic trainee has grown in stature and his performances have prompted many to call for him to be picked by England boss Roy Hodgson, especially since he was being courted by Finland as well.

While Wenger praised Jenkinson for his rapid improvement, he voiced caution on the part of Hodgson.

"I think it’s a bit early, but I am sure he will be there," he told Arsenal’s official website.

"He has developed extremely well. In his head, I like the way he sees things - first to establish yourself completely as a player in your club. Once you’re completely established, go for internationals.

"But you cannot always decide that when you’re a young player. Everybody who is 20 would love to be called by England."

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