Chris Hughton looks to get something from Norwich City’s trip to Arsenal

Majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones lead the celebrations after City had beaten

Majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones lead the celebrations after City had beaten Arsenal 1-0 at Carrow Road in October. What price a repeat at the Emirates on Saturday? - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is urging his players to believe they can upset Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.

The Gunners have only lost once in the league at the Emirates since December 1, but Hughton insists the Canaries will relish the capital challenge.

The Norwich chief has targeted crucial home games against the likes of relegation-threatened Reading and Aston Villa to try and secure their own top flight status, but he will not overlook the potential for a successful road trip.

'The most important one is the Arsenal game – that's the next one. And of course we've got to go to Arsenal and look to get something there, as we will do in all of these last six games,' he said.

'The fact we are playing the teams around us has a different bearing on it because any points we get are points they don't get. But it's going to be over these six games, three at home and three away, and our approach to the away games has to be exactly the same as the home games and must give us the opportunity to get something.'


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Hughton is thriving on the pressure of a tense finale to the Premier League season with Norwich currently four points clear of third-from-bottom Wigan.

'You also have to enjoy the challenge because any way that you shy away from it, you make life difficult for yourself,' he said.

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'You have to enjoy the challenge and certainly have faith in your team, that's for sure – and that I do. You have to have faith in the team and in the squad and you also look around and you see, I suppose, clubs that are more experienced than us and bigger than us who have spent far more money than we have, in a similar position to us. So I think you can get strength from that as well.'

City's bid for safety suffered another setback at the weekend when Swansea struck in the closing stages to become the latest side to escape Carrow Road with a point in a 2-2 Premier League draw.

'It's the quality of the league. Have we had opportunities to increase the gap we now find? Yes we have but every team around us would say exactly the same,' said Hughton. 'We are where we are. If we had won more games or our performances had been better, then of course we wouldn't find ourselves where we are. But certainly we need to make sure and continue to focus as we have done, and certainly not apportion any blame. It's about us conducting ourselves exactly the same way as we always have done and look to get those vital points we need.'

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