Arsenal host Norwich City at the Emirates, looking to keep the pressure on London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for a top four finish. The Gunners were beaten 1-0 at Carrow Road in the reverse fixture and will be keen to take revenge on the Canaries. Chris Hughton's men, on the other hand, will be nervous about dropping any more points. The club are only four points ahead of Wigan Athletic in the race to avoid relegation.

Tomas Rosicky (R)

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Highlights will be on Match of the Day, on BBC One and BBC One HD, at 10.20pm BST.


Arsenal beat West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns last weekend, on the back of a brace from Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky. The Gunners are on a four-match winning streak in all competitions, and will be looking to make up ground on Spurs and Chelsea; Andre Villas-Boas' men do not play until next weekend (when they host Manchester City) and the Blues face Fulham in a midweek fixture.

Arsene Wenger's men have won nine of 15 league games at home this season, scoring 39 goals in the process; only Manchester United (40) have scored more. However, they have conceded 20 times in those games, which is the second-worst of all the sides in the top ten; Swansea City have shipped 23 goals at the Liberty Stadium. With that statistic in mind, Wenger will not have been pleased at the red card received by German international Per Mertesacker in the last game.

Meanwhile, Hughton will be even less pleased at his side's performances since Christmas. The club have won only twice (once in the league) in 2013; the one league win was against Everton in late February. They come into this game with three draws from the last five games.

Norwich City

Norwich had to settle for a 2-2 home draw against the Swans last weekend and that result left them only four clear of Wigan at the bottom of the table. Norwich fans will want to turn away at this point - the club have lost eight of 16 away games this season and won only once. Worse still, they've scored only 12 times on the road (only West Ham United and Stoke City, with nine each, have fewer away goals) and conceded 32 goals, which is more than any side, except for Southampton, Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

Their attack away from home has also been abysmal since the turn of the year, scoring only two goals on their travels, something Hughton has to address before their trip to the Emirates. However, the last time these two clubs met in London in 2012, the game ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw, with Robin Van Persie scoring a brace to bail the Gunners out.

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W L
  • Last Match: West Bromwich Albion 1 - 2 Arsenal

Norwich City

  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): D L D D L
  • Last Match: Norwich City 2 - 2 Swansea City
Arsene Wenger

Team News

England internationals Theo Walcott (groin) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) return to first team duty but will likely start from the bench. Rosicky has a hamstring problem and is unlikely to play. Mertesacker is suspended and will be replaced by Belgian Thomas Vermaelen.

Probable Line-Up: Fabianski; Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Monreal; Arteta, Ramsey; Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud

John Ruddy (hip) and Mark Bunn (groin) are both unavailable, leaving Norwich a problem in the goalkeeper's position. This means third-choice Lee Camp might play but Bunn is being monitored until the last possible minute. Andrew Surman (knee) is definitely out but Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) has recovered and is expected to start from the bench.

Probable Line-Up: Bunn; Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Snodgrass; Hoolahan; Holt