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Arsenal have been billed as potential title challengers this season, but only three wins so far means they have work to do if they are to get their name back on the trophy . A trip to Norwich City on Saturday evening would appear to offer Arsene Wenger's side an ideal opportunity to make a statement of intent. The Canaries have yet to get out of the blocks, with no wins suggesting it could be a long, hard slog at Carrow Road. Chris Hughton's men have conceded nine goals in their last two fixtures and desperately need to plug the defensive leaks if they are to keep Arsenal's creative talents at bay.
• Norwich City have conceded the most goals from outside the box this season in the Premier League.
• Santi Cazorla has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the top 5 European leagues since Aug 2011 (9).
Robert Snodgrass trained on Thursday following his withdrawal from international duty with Scotland and he could return to contention for the visit of Arsenal. Grant Holt looks set to continue up top after scoring in the last two matches, though Hughton must decide whether to continue with a 4-4-1-1, which saw Wes Hoolahan start at Stamford Bridge, or move back to a 4-4-2. Anthony Pilkington could be set to start on the left, having recovered from injury to make a sub appearance at the Bridge.
J Ruddy • R Martin, L Barnett, S Bassong, J Garrido • R Snodgrass, J Howson, B Johnson, A Pilkington • W Hoolahan • G Holt
Jack Wilshere has been included in the Arsenal squad for Saturday's Premier League match against Norwich. The midfielder has not featured in Arsene Wenger's squad since May 2011 but his agent, Simon Bayliff, revealed on Twitter that he will make the trip to Carrow Road. Arsene Wenger will be without Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs, who is still feeling the effects of a thigh injury which saw him withdraw from England's World Cup qualifier squad. André Santos would seem likely to start at left-back, while Gervinho could continue on the right flank after Olivier Giroud excelled in the lone striker role at Upton Park. In goal, Wojciech Szczesny continues to be troubled by an ankle problem and will again miss out, allowing Vito Mannone to retain his start.
V Mannone • C Jenkinson, P Mertesacker, T Vermaelen, A Santos • A Ramsey, M Arteta • Gervinho, S Cazorla, L Podolski • O Giroud