Arsenal blow will not faze Norwich’s next opponents Leicester

Darren Eadie says Norwich can avoid relegation

Darren Eadie says Norwich can avoid relegation - Credit: Archant

Leicester City will have the strength of mind to quickly shake off the disappointment of their costly loss to title rivals Arsenal, former Foxes and Norwich City winger Darren Eadie believes.

Darren Eadie in his Leicester City days. PA photo: Rui Vieira

Darren Eadie in his Leicester City days. PA photo: Rui Vieira - Credit: PA

Danny Welbeck's late header to earn a 2-1 win over Leicester hauled the Gunners back into the title race but Eadie is sure Claudio Ranieri's team will not be dwelling on that result when they host the Canaries on Saturday.

'It's going to be really hard for Norwich,' the City legend said. 'You could say after Leicester's defeat to Arsenal, will that be their turning point? And we all know that Norwich can pull out a big performance on occasions, like winning at Manchester United, so can they do that again?

'I believe the mentality at Leicester is so good that losing to Arsenal won't faze them too much. Before they played Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal, if you would have offered them those six points, they would have taken that – they probably would have taken a couple of draws!

'It's more about the physicality that it's taken out of them, with the way they played in those games.

'I'm sure they will lose some between now and the end of the season, so will this be one where Norwich can catch them unaware, where they will be thinking Norwich is one that will be a bit easier?'

Eadie, who now works as a presenter for Mustard TV and coaches at Langley School, doesn't see the game as being one where there is no pressure on the Canaries though – despite Leicester's fantastic season so far.

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'There's pressure on every game. Norwich will be targeting every game now, with the situation they're in. Picking out where they might be able to get points, that would be naive,' he added.

'What they have got to do between now and the end of the season – and I still strongly believe they are going to be okay, just – is have that right mentality.

'It's going to be tough enough in these games but they have shown they can compete, it's just about getting over the line now and getting the points, they've shown they can score the goals.'

There will be split loyalties for Eadie when the action gets under way at the King Power on Saturday – having made over 200 appearances for City before a £3million switch to Leicester in 1999, where a further 47 appearances followed before being forced to retire in 2003 at the age of 28 due to knee problems.

'It's really tough for me because my dad is born and bred Leicester, so he obviously wants them to win, but for me it's Norwich, no doubt,' the 40-year-old added.

'It's great that Leicester are in with a chance of winning the title, but as long as they are both in the Premier League then I'm going to be happy.'

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