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Kyle Naughton concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
Clarindo Andre Santos challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johan Djourou joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Walcott. Bradley Johnson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half, comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Effort on goal by Simeon Jackson from long distance goes over the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Elliott Bennett, clearance made by Clarindo Andre Santos.
Effort from just inside the box by Theo Walcott strikes the post.
Grant Holt is booked. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Clarindo Andre Santos on Kyle Naughton. Free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
A cross is delivered by Simeon Jackson, Foul by Elliott Bennett on Laurent Koscielny, free kick awarded. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Yossi Benayoun delivers the ball, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance. Simeon Jackson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Pilkington.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Tierney on Theo Walcott. Marc Tierney is booked. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
Yossi Benayoun comes on in place of Yao Gervinho.
Yao Gervinho takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Bradley Johnson, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny. Andrew Crofts takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen. Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
Andrew Crofts fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Russell Martin takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Per Mertesacker. Per Mertesacker takes the direct free kick.
Marc Tierney sends in a cross, Mikel Arteta makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Steve Morison, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Crofts by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Per Mertesacker. Free kick crossed right-footed by Anthony Pilkington, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.
Steve Morison produces a cross, comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Robin van Persie fouled by Andrew Crofts, the ref awards a free kick. (Norwich) makes a substitution, with Grant Holt coming on for Wesley Hoolahan. Mikel Arteta shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Yao Gervinho.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
Elliott Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho. Elliott Bennett goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.
Elliott Bennett produces a cross, Shot from close in by Anthony Pilkington misses to the left of the target.
The offside flag is raised against Theo Walcott. Direct free kick taken by Russell Martin.
The ball is sent over by Elliott Bennett, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Robin van Persie scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Norwich 1-2 Arsenal.Assist by Alex Song.
Mikel Arteta challenges Marc Tierney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Anthony Pilkington.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott, save by John Ruddy.
Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
Steve Morison takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.
Centre by Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan by Thomas Vermaelen. Strike comes in from Anthony Pilkington from the free kick, Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
The ball is swung over by Thomas Vermaelen, Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
Robin van Persie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Bradley Johnson, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Elliott Bennett.
Mikel Arteta challenges Andrew Crofts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Tierney.
The ball is swung over by Steve Morison, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
David Fox goes off and Elliott Bennett comes on.
Clarindo Andre Santos fouled by Andrew Crofts, the ref awards a free kick. Clarindo Andre Santos restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Morison on Per Mertesacker. Direct free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Laurent Koscielny is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Aaron Ramsey sends in a cross, clearance made by Leon Barnett.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, Steve Morison makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, save made by John Ruddy.
Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Barnett.
Foul by Bradley Johnson on Aaron Ramsey, free kick awarded. Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.
Leon Barnett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Fox from the right by-line, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Kyle Naughton, blocked by Clarindo Andre Santos.
The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Norwich 1-1 Arsenal.Assist by Theo Walcott.
A cross is delivered by Clarindo Andre Santos, blocked by Leon Barnett.
Andrew Crofts takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Clarindo Andre Santos, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Russell Martin makes a clearance.
Clarindo Andre Santos takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Russell Martin.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Bradley Johnson makes a clearance.
Theo Walcott delivers the ball, clearance by Marc Tierney.
Effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the right of the target.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Russell Martin gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Yao Gervinho, John Ruddy makes a save.
Goal scored by Steve Morison from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Norwich 1-0 Arsenal.Marc Tierney provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Bradley Johnson on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Andrew Crofts.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Russell Martin.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott, clearance by Russell Martin.
Leon Barnett concedes a free kick for a foul on Yao Gervinho. Direct free kick taken by Clarindo Andre Santos.
The ball is sent over by Marc Tierney, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie.
The ball is crossed by Yao Gervinho, Theo Walcott takes a shot. Leon Barnett gets a block in.
Theo Walcott sends in a cross, Shot by Robin van Persie from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Foul by Robin van Persie on Kyle Naughton, free kick awarded. Leon Barnett takes the direct free kick.
Lambert wary of Gunners threat
Norwich manager Paul Lambert admits there is no hiding from the magnitude of facing a rampant Arsenal on Saturday - but maintains his team must "give it a go" at Carrow Road.
The Canaries have impressed on their return to the Barclays Premier League for the first time since 2005, climbing to ninth with three wins from the opening 11 matches.
However, despite positive displays away at Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, where they battled to a creditable 1-1 draw, Lambert knows his squad's top-flight credentials will be tested to the limit when the in-form Gunners head to Norfolk for the televised lunchtime encounter.
"As hard as Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea were, Arsenal are a top, top side. They are a brilliant football side and we are going to have to play above ourselves to get something," Lambert told a press conference.
"There is no point in trying to kid anybody on, Arsenal are a brilliant side, but we are at home and we will try to go at them."
Lambert added: "We are going to play against one of the best teams in Europe, not just Britain, and Robin van Persie is playing really well at the moment, scoring goals as if it is going out of fashion.
"I am delighted we have the chance to face them, and when you are there, you may as well give it a go.
"Everyone will come thinking Arsenal are going to win, but I know the lads will give us everything they have got."
Lambert believes the international break came at "the right time" for his squad, who have yet to keep a clean sheet after mistakes at the back again proved costly in a 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa.
"I can understand people saying the opposite, but for us it was a chance to recharge and hopefully we will be ready," Lambert said.
"There have been some bad defensive errors, and some of the goals have been our fault, but there has also been good play from teams which you just cannot stop.
"If we can eradicate the errors, hopefully we will be better for it."
Lambert has no fresh injuries worries, with defender Russell Martin fit again after having to pull out of the Scotland squad because of an ankle problem.
However, centre-half Elliott Ward has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury and the 26-year-old, who has yet to feature this season, may need surgery.
Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal not to send themselves back to "Hell" by underestimating the challenge which awaits at Norwich.
The Gunners have slowly climbed the Barclays Premier League table with four successive wins, as well as topping their Champions League group and reaching the Carling Cup quarter-finals.
It is a stark contrast to the end of September, where three defeats from the opening five games - including an 8-2 mauling at Manchester United - had seen them sink as low as 17th.
Wenger knows the importance of picking up from where his men left off before the international break when they head to a packed Carrow Road.
He said: "The championship is vital for us that we come back from where we were.
"We came from Hell and if we have learned something it is to put 100% effort in every single game.
"We just grabbed the momentum recently. The team is getting stronger from game to game so overall I expect that momentum to keep going and for us to go from strength to strength."
The Arsenal manager added: "We have the confidence from a good run. After that it is down to being professional.
"A professional is capable of focusing on his targets and that is where we can show that. We need to focus again very quickly on our run."
Wenger insists he will resist the temptation to give the likes of in-form captain Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott a rest as the Gunners target maximum points.
He said: "We are in a situation where every game is becoming extremely important and is becoming a big test. To repeat the performance we had at Chelsea is very important for us.
"Norwich are a very good side and I consider them a difficult Premier League away game.
"They are a dynamic side who plays quick and dynamic football, so if you are not completely focused and up for it, you have no chance against them.
"We are warned that we need to be at our best."
With Kieran Gibbs set for several weeks out after a hernia operation and Carl Jenkinson having a stress fracture in his back, Arsenal are short of cover in defence, given Bacary Sagna is also sidelined because of a broken ankle.
Van Persie brace guns down Canaries
Robin van Persie hit a brace as Arsenal came from behind to beat Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road and record a fifth straight Barclays Premier League win.
The in-form Dutchman made it 30 goals for 2011, the second a sublime finish, after the Canaries had snatched a shock early lead when Wales striker Steve Morison capitalised on an horrendous blunder by German international Per Mertesacker.
Fired by van Persie's goals, Arsene Wenger's side are now transformed from the shambles of the start of the campaign as they closed to within striking distance of the top four.
Wenger had named a strong starting XI, resisting the temptation to rest some of his key men after the international break.
The Gunners signalled their early intent as Theo Walcott, who played twice for England at Wembley, got away down the right and cut the ball back for van Persie, but for once he failed to connect properly and dragged the shot wide.
After Norwich ventured forwards, the visitors were soon back on the offensive, van Persie driving a low shot across the face of John Ruddy's goal after latching onto Andre Santos' pass.
After 12 minutes, it took an acrobatic clearance by Russell Martin to deflect Walcott's curling left-foot effort wide just when the ball was destined for the bottom corner following a quick counter-attack by Gervinho.
The Gunners continued to pour forwards as Norwich were stretched down both flanks.
However, yet again Arsenal were undone by a mistake at the back.
Mertesacker failed to shield what should have been a routine ball through to the keeper, which allowed Morison to outmuscle the 6ft 4in German before slipping a shot past Wojciech Szczesny to give the Canaries the lead on 16 minutes against the run of play.
After such a period of dominance, Arsenal were shell-shocked, but soon went back on the offensive.
Martin was again in the right place to knock van Persie's looping header clear.
Norwich keeper Ruddy and the Scotland defender then combined to hack away Gervinho's angled drive after the Ivory Coast wideman had cut in from the left.
The equaliser eventually arrived on 26 minutes when Walcott skipped past Marc Tierney to cut the ball back through the six-yard box, where Gervinho failed to connect with a reverse flick, which fortunately presented van Persie with a tap-in for his ninth goal in five Premier League games.
To their credit, Norwich were not overrun, and continued to make progress in the Arsenal final third, with Morison battling well supported by Anthony Pilkington.
However, more often than not, the home side opted for the wrong choice of pass with men over.
Walcott switched to the left and continued to torment the Norwich backline, but Arsenal could not find a way through ahead of the interval.
Norwich replaced David Fox with winger Elliott Bennett, a #1million summer signing from Brighton, for the second half.
The change almost paid dividend when Bennett's ball from the right flew across the Arsenal area.
Thomas Vermaelen then scampered forwards and his cut-back was glanced goalwards by Gervinho, but without any real power to trouble Ruddy.
Walcott was sent clear away down the right, and his near post cut-back was slotted into the sidenetting by the on-rushing Aaron Ramsey.
Norwich were cut open again when a sweeping Arsenal counter saw van Persie slip Gervinho through the centre, but Ruddy was out quickly to block before the loose ball was then hacked away.
On the hour, the Dutchman showed him how it should be done when referee Phil Dowd played a fine advantage after Ramsey had been tripped, which allowed Alex Song to send van Persie away in the right channel.
The Gunners skipper took one touch before clipping a superb, angled finish over Ruddy.
To their credit, Norwich quickly tried to get themselves back into the game, with Bennett's low cross only needing a touch from Pilkington at the near post.
Paul Lambert's men have shown great deal of character this season, earning a 1-1 draw at Liverpool, and refused to accept defeat, with substitute Grant Holt giving Mertesacker a real test.
However, the Norwich club captain was booked for taking a tumble in the box as Arsenal kept possession well during the closing stages to close out a fifth straight Premier League win as their resurgence continued.
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