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    Norwich City v Arsenal

    The Sky Sports cameras visit Carrow Road for the first time this season as Norwich City host title-chasing Arsenal in an intriguing clash in the Premier League on Sunday. The Canaries will be hoping for a better performance than the one they put on last time football fans could watch them on television, when they got hammered 6-2 by struggling Newcastle United. 

    Norwich put on a brave fight at Chelsea last weekend but were defeated 1-0 by the title holders without threatening Asmir Begovic's goal on too many occasions. The result leaves them in 16th place, just three points above the relegation zone after losing five of their last eight Premier League matches. Meanwhile Arsenal find themselves in a familiar 4th position, just two points off the pace after blowing an opportunity to go top of the league when they surprisingly lost 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion last Saturday. 

    Many football fans would predict Arsenal to take home three points on Sunday but, as last weekend showed, Arsene Wenger's team continue to be inconsistent, an ongoing trend in recent seasons. The Gunners had been on a five game winning streak in the league from the middle of September until the end of October, including a phenomenal display of passing and moving against Manchester United. Yet sandwiched in between that run was a surprising 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, followed by a month to forget so far in November where they got hammered 5-1 by Bayern Munich, grabbed a point against Tottenham Hotspur and lost to West Bromwich Albion.

    November has historically been the worst month for Arsenal in the Premier League, picking up an average of 1.6 points per match and usually dropping off the leading pace at the top of the table. Their continued poor form when the days get shorter and nights get longer will provide hope to Norwich who have won just a solitary game from their last 13 Premier League meetings with Arsenal, including seven defeats from the last nine. The Gunners also have an excellent recent away record in the league, winning 10 of their last 13 visits to other Premier League grounds. On the other hand Norwich have only won two home fixtures in the league this season.

    If Norwich are to come away with anything from the match, a leaky defence that have kept just one clean sheet this season will have to keep a number of Arsenal players quiet. Striker Olivier Giroud has scored in four consecutive away matches, whilst playmaker Mesut Ozil has 11 Premier League assists already this season, the most ever after the opening 13 fixtures. Aaron Ramsey has also scored in his last two visits to Carrow Road. 

    The hosts have no fresh injury concerns but will still be without Alex Tettey and Matt Jarvis. Northern Ireland scoring hero Kyle Lafferty could be pushing for a starting place after netting again during the week, for Norwich Under-21s against Manchester United Under-21s. Aaron Ramsey is in line for a return to the Arsenal squad after recovering from injury, but Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be doubts with hamstring injuries. Arsene Wenger will definitely be without Francis Coquelin, Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck. 

    Key Players:
    John Ruddy- The Norwich goalkeeper has pulled off a number of saves this season despite only keeping one clean sheet. He will have to be at his best to keep Arsenal out on Sunday.

    Mesut Ozil- The German has been in great form, setting up at least five more goals than any other player in the Premier League so far this season. 

    Chris Lincoln's Prediction: Norwich City 1-2 Arsenal
    Despite Arsenal's recent poor form, they should have enough firepower to see off Norwich City who will be glad to see the back of a difficult set of recent fixtures. 
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