November is the month Arsenal traditionally have struggled in the Arsene Wenger era. They have dropped more points in the eleventh month of the year than in any other month. This year seems to be no different, they have dropped 5 points in the last two games and face a quite tough test against the promoted Norwich City. With United and Leicester cancelling each other, Wenger’s men could go top if they win by a 4 goal margin at Carrow Road.
Arsenal missed a glorious chance to open up a lead at the top when they were defeated by West Bromwich Albion. It’s important that the Gunners respond with a proper victory. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back available and Aaron Ramsey could be starting for the first time since October. Alexis broke his 8 match scoring drought and the indefatigable Chilean tends to score in patches so a goal or two today won’t be surprising. Mesut Ozil could set a new Premier League record if he sets up another assist today. The former Real Madrid man has been exceptional this season and for all the brilliance of Jamie Vardy, assisting for 7 straight games is even more a difficult task in my opinion. Theo Walcott is still unavailable and so are Coquelin, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky and Welbeck.
The Canaries have had a solid season so far. After a shaky start, manager Alex Neil has tightened things up and that is reflecting in their improved results of late. Alex Tettey and Matt Jarvis are still out while Russel Martin is available. Although the hosts lost their last game at fellow relegation rivals Chelsea, they would have taken heart from their last game at Carrow Road where they edged Swansea to a 1-0 win. They will be hoping for the same result this time around.
In a season that’s littered with topsy turvy results and no team unable to get on a run, the Gunners have to seize the initiative and pull clear of the chasing pack.