Arsenal are winless in two Premier League games this month, and have fallen two points adrift of top team Leicester City. It's certainly not time for Arsène Wenger to panic, but his side certainly won't want to lose any more ground on their rivals. They'll be expecting to bounce back to winning ways away at Norwich City on the weekend, with the Canaries currently engaged in a very different sort of battle at the other end of the table.
Heading into Sunday's clash, Norwich sit three points and a couple of places above the relegation zone. A recent win over Swansea City eased the immediate pressure on Alex Neil's side, but they're likely to be in a relegation scrap for the long haul. Anything other than a defeat at home to the Gunners would surely be considered an excellent result.
Key player: Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has been in some exceptional form so far this season, and has a healthy leading margin atop the Premier League's assist charts. The German international has long been criticized as being lightweight and ineffective, but his performances over the last few months have shown him to be one of the very best creative players in the division. Norwich will have to try and stop him drifting into space between the lines -- a task rather easier said than done.
Key factor: Alexis Sánchez vs. André Wisdom
Unfortunately for Norwich, Özil isn't the only man they need to watch out for. Chilean winger Alexis Sánchez is arguably even more frightening for defenders, as he's considerably more direct in using pace and skill to beat an opponent. In this match it'll be young fullback André Wisdom charged with attempting to limit Sánchez's influence, and it'll take the performance of his life if he's to do so.
Norwich City injuries and suspensions
Out: Alexander Tettey (hip/thigh); Matt Jarvis (knee). In doubt: Kyle Lafferty (groin/pelvis).
Arsenal injuries and suspensions
Out: Jack Wilshere (fibula fracture); Danny Welbeck, Francis Coquelin, Tomáš Rosický (knee); Mikel Arteta (calf). In doubt: Theo Walcott (calf); Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring).
Norwich will certainly be without midfielders Tettey and Jarvis, though striker Lafferty faces a late fitness test.
Arsenal have their usual long injury list, with the recent additions of Coquelin and Arteta leaving them woefully short-staffed in the center of midfield. The good news is that Oxlade-Chamberlain could return to ease the pressure, while Theo Walcott also faces a late fitness test.
Match date/time: Sunday, Nov. 29, 11:15 a.m. ET, 4:15 p.m. local
Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich, England
TV: Premier League Extra Time, Directv (US); Sportsnet World (Canada); Sky Sports 1/HD (UK)
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