Arsenal v Norwich City – July 1st, 2020
During 1992–93, the inaugural season of the Premier League, Norwich City quickly emerged as surprise title contenders, before faltering in the final weeks to finish third behind the champions, Manchester United, and runners-up Aston Villa. Their top scorer that season was Mark Robins, who had been signed from Manchester United the previous summer.
The following season Norwich participated in the UEFA Cup for the first (and only) time, losing in the third round to Inter Milan, but defeating Bayern Munich. Winning 2–1, Norwich were the first British team to beat Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium. Mike Walker quit as Norwich City manager in January 1994, to take charge of Everton and was replaced by first team coach John Deehan who led the club to 12th place in the 1993–94 season in the Premier League. Norwich began the 1994–95 season well, despite the pre-season loss of top scorer Chris Sutton to Blackburn Rovers for a national record £5 million, and by Christmas they were seventh in the league. Norwich then won only one of their final 20 league games and slumped to 20th place and relegation, ending a nine-season run in the top flight.
After bouncing around the leagues Norwich finished the 2017–18 Championship season in 14th place. Despite a slow start, the following season was far more successful and the team spent most of the season at the top of the table – helped on by top scorer Teemu Pukki. Following a 2–1 win over Blackburn Rovers, the club was promoted back to the Premier League after a three-year absence as champions of the Championship.
Our Premier League home record against Norwich has been excellent having lost only one game – back in August 1992, since then we have drawn two and won five. Although they are at the bottom of the league and destined to once again be demoted they showed in the FA Cup quarter final loss against Manchester United that they can play sharp disciplined football.
I would think that the loss to Man U must have been very demoralising and will not put them in a good head space for Wednesday’s game, whereas our win against Sheffield U must have raised our team spirit.
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Here are the latest standings at the bottom of the Premier League – it will need a remarkable turnaround by Norwich and a complete collapse by two of the four teams immediately above them in order for them to retain a position in the Premier League and I cannot see that happening.
I fail to see how they can beat us on Wednesday but our defensive frailties against set pieces are well known and could once again be our Achilles heel.
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Even given our defensive shortcomings they have only beaten us at home twice in football league history so I forecast a 2-0 victory at a crowd less Emirates Stadium, in our first home game since March 7th.