Norwich City’s Jonny Howson enjoying getting forward

Jonny Howson will hope he keeps his place - and his role - over the coming weeks.

Jonny Howson will hope he keeps his place - and his role - over the coming weeks. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson looks like he is enjoying his football this season – and the Norwich City midfielder acknowledged that's exactly how he feels.

The 25-year-old former Leeds captain has been one of Chris Hughton's most consistent performers so far this term, but especially in recent matches where the deployment of Alex Tettey holding behind the Canaries' midfield has given Howson and central partner Leroy Fer licence to support City's attacks.

'I'm enjoying it at the minute,' said Howson. 'Certainly the last few games with having Alex behind us, it's something I enjoy. It gives me that bit more licence to get forward. So certainly on those last games I've really enjoyed it.

'On a personal note that might be my best position, with one behind and having that bit of licence. But it's the manager's decision. He picks what he sees will win the game or what he sees is best, and I'll do whatever is asked of me.'

City's heartbreak at being put to the sword late on against Chelsea before the international break will have only marginally subsided once they restart their Premier League campaign with the daunting trip to leaders Arsenal on Saturday.

The Gunners' have risen from an opening day crisis after Aston Villa shocked them on home soil, to being one of the form sides in Europe rejuvenated by the £42m arrival of Real Madrid's Germany star and assist king Mesut Ozil.

'It's a funny game sometimes,' said Howson. 'Before they signed Ozil they lost the first game and everyone was questioning Arsenal and maybe Arsene Wenger. They then go and sign Ozil and it gives everyone a lift. They look a different team.

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'The result is you look at the form of Aaron Ramsey, he's certainly been in top form and arguably been their best player so far out of anyone.

'So it's given them a lift and it's going to be a tough game for us. But if we can put in a performance like we have the last two games then I don't think we'll be too far off it.'

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