Norwich City v Arsenal: Match Preview


Norwich City v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League;
Carrow Road;
Sat, 19th Nov; KO 12:45

Team News

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs is likely to be out for up to five weeks after undergoing surgery on a hernia. Carl Jenkinson has been told to rest by the Arsenal medical team du stress fracture to his back, but Marouane Chamakh is back after some knee trouble.

Abou Diaby has returned to full training but Wenger has said it will be two or three weeks before he is ready to play.

Norwich defender Russell Martin has shaken off the ankle injury that meant he missed Scotland's friendly win over Cyprus last Friday.

Bradley Johnson is also available after suffering concussion during the defeat by Aston Villa. However, Elliot Ward and James Vaughan are still missing, both with knee problems.

Vermaelen feels stronger on return

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen feels like he is back to peak fitness after his latest injury lay-off.

The Belgian international is a key player in Arsene Wenger’s side and he has said he is feeling sharp, despite being out for the last two months.

He said: “"I feel fit and I had this as well last year. I was out for eight months and I played the last two games of the season but I still felt quite well.

"I work hard when I'm injured, I do my work, and when I come back I feel physically strong and good enough to be on the pitch."

Norwich boss Paul Lambert has paid homage to Martin O’Neill and said his former boss has had a huge impact on his career.

Lambert played under the Northern Irishman while at Celtic and still bestows him with the tag ‘gaffer’.

The Norwich boss said: “I've learnt from all the managers I played for. Ottmar Hitzfeld at Dortmund for example.

"When I was starting out as a young player at St Mirren, my coaches were Martin Ferguson (Sir Alex's younger brother) and Drew Jarvie, and they instilled good habits.

"But I definitely learnt from the gaffer. One of the things he said to me was, 'don't let them hear your voice all the time every day because you will want them to hear it and listen to it on Saturday.”

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