Norwich City must be fearless at Arsenal, says former Canaries striker Steve Morison

Steve Morison of Norwich scores his side's third goal and celebrates during the Barclays Premier Lea

Steve Morison of Norwich scores his side's third goal and celebrates during the Barclays Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City must not be daunted by their trip to Arsenal tomorrow evening, says former Canaries striker Steve Morison.

Alex Neil's men head to Arsenal mired in the bottom three after Sunderland clambered out the drop zone on goal difference last weekend following a 0-0 draw against the Gunners.

A similar result would arguably suit the Canaries and Morison believes only a no-fear policy can provide a timely boost to City's survival hopes.

'You've got to go there without any fear, you can't go there too much on the back foot because they have got the players that can eventually pick you off,' said Morison, who scored 12 goals during his 20 months at Carrow Road.

'You have to go there on the front foot. They're just human beings at the end of the day and you can't build them into something they're not.

'It's a massive game for them (City) – the result against Sunderland was a big blow but I still think there's enough quality and experience in that squad to stay up. They've got a couple of tough games coming up but it wouldn't be a surprise to me if Norwich went to Arsenal and pulled off a result.'

The Emirates hasn't exactly been a happy hunting ground for City as they have yet to taste victory there in their four visits.

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There have at least been some memorable moments, not least Morison's superb strike in a 3-3 draw in May 2012.

'It was one of my favourite moments during my time at Norwich,' added the 32-year-old, who joined City from Millwall for around £2.5m in the summer of 2011.

'It was a sweet moment because it was on the back of not getting a lot of game time but to come on and get the goal with one of my first touches was a great moment.'

Morison endured a strained relationship with City supporters but his 11 goals during the club's first season back in the Premier League under Paul Lambert went a long way to them finishing comfortably away from the relegation zone.

After falling out of favour under Chris Hughton, Morison was eventually sold to Leeds in a swap deal that saw Luciano Becchio come in the other direction.

However, the former Stevenage frontman will always be grateful to the Canaries for giving him the chance to play against the elite of English football.

'I had a great time under Paul Lambert and it was great to be part of that squad that stayed up comfortably. I scored some important goals and it was great to play in the Premier League.

'The next season was more frustrating under Chris Hughton because I was on the bench more and just when I thought I was going to get a chance I got a bad injury.

'Next thing I know I'm out the door but these things happen in football.'

Morison spent the second half of last season on loan at Millwall before eventually rejoining the Lions in a permanent deal last summer.

His 18 goals this season have helped Millwall to the play-off positions in League One with an outside chance of catching second-placed Burton.

'This is what you're in football for at this time of the season,' he added. 'We've out ourselves in a good position and we've just got to hope Burton slip up in the next couple of games.

'If they don't it will be the play-offs and they're exciting for everyone.'

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