Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger has insisted there is no danger of the Gunners taking Norwich lightly.

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Wenger is urging his squad to carry on where they left off prior to the international break with an impressive win at London rivals West Ham. Wenger knows that will be easier said than done on the evidence of last season’s battles against the Canaries, and in particular skipper Grant Holt.

“They gave us very hard games and we need to switch on again,” he said. “Holt gave us some problems last year, especially at the Emirates, he had a fantastic game there. Last year I looked at him, like many clubs, not to buy him but just to see his numbers because he impressed against us. We were second best at the back last year and that is what we have to correct.

“I have seen Norwich this season, and they have played some good football – they do not give you an easy game. Before the break we finished well with a good game at West Ham, we have to switch on straight away.”

Wenger believes Arsenal is already in a defining phase of the season this month with key tests at home and abroad to come.

“In October the moment of truth starts for the team,” he said. “The league establishes itself a little bit and the Champions League goes to decisive moments. Therefore of course, it’s important to be decisive and convincing. The target is always the same (after an international break).

“When they come back, we want to quickly focus on our own targets again and get the team back mentally on our next game. I believe that we’ll work and the team, after our last performance, we will want to continue the good run and focus well. I think the team is hungry and knows that there is no room for complacency and no reason why we should be complacent.”

Theo Walcott terrorised City at Carrow Road last season but the England man has been ruled out with a chest complaint, although fit-again midfielder Jack Wilshere is part of the Gunners’ travelling party.

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7 comments

  • MB.....Read your post again and "weep" .....Nothing to fear from Holt!!!!! I believe its 1-0 to the Canaries ATM, half time and not sure who scored it? Can anyone tell me please ...what about you MB?

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    Sidney

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • NOT the headline, the bit about Theo`s "chest complaint". Is humour no longer allowed?? :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • I know. Let's confuse Wenger and start with Grant on the bench!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • MB, I'd be very surprised if it wasn't the clattering keeping Walcott out. Great player, love to watch him fly but just not against us.

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    Barry Rasberry

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • Have you had an irony bypass, Sidney? I will not explain unless you ask nicely. Raspberry, I know Theo was clattered, it was the misleading nature of the headline that I was commenting on. A bit more irony. Sorry. ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Great posts MB. takes something to make me chuckle on a rainy Sunday, thanks.

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    waclor

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Sounds like Walcott has bronchitis - nothing to do with being clattered by that Polish goalie? Wenger has nothing to fear from Holt, he may not even be in the squad. Even if he is he will have been told to show proper respect to his superiors.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

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