Arsenal will be aiming for three points to aid their push for a top three finish in the Premier League this season when they take on Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday lunch-time.
It is the only Premier League game on Saturday – everyone else plays on Sunday to avoid too many clashes with the FA Cup final – and this means that plenty of attention will be on the Gunners as they search for the win.
After all, nothing but three points will do for Arsene Wenger’s men. Going into this weekend, they are only a point ahead of Tottenham and Newcastle in the race for third place. Therefore, they need two wins from their remaining two games to guarantee Champions League football.
It wasn’t too long ago that Arsenal would have been delighted with this position with a couple of games to go. However, after going on a fantastic run to leapfrog Tottenham, it would be a massive shame if they threw it all away now.
The Gunners have now dropped points in their last three games and this is a worrying trend. Now is not the time for a blip. They need one more big push is needed to get six points. Then, they can go into the summer relatively happy with themselves.
As for Norwich, they have been on a poor run of form of late and even though this doesn’t take away from how well they have done this season, it is something they would like to come to an end before the campaign is out.
Paul Lambert’s men have lost three games in succession – including heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool – and it seems fair to say that, from the outside, it appears their form could be fading away towards the end of the season.
This doesn’t matter too much of course – Norwich are mathematically safe – but they would love one more victory to mark their excellent return to the Premier League. Whether that be at Arsenal this weekend or at home to Aston Villa on the final day.
There is no doubt that the Canaries will have fans of Tottenham, Newcastle and Chelsea routing for them this weekend though and the pressure really is on the home side.
In the end though, their quality should shine through. Norwich will play their part in an entertaining game – they are due a decent performance – but it is the home side that will take the points with a 3-2 win.