Oct 18th, 2012 by 'holic
So, erm, I am heading off for a weekend away tomorrow and I have absolutely no team news for Saturday. Nonetheless I have to cobble together some sort of preview of the trip to Norwich on Saturday.
I could distract you with a few words about Terry Anderson, among the first players I recall watching in a red and white shirt, who moved on to Norwich and ended up making well over 200 appearances for them in nine years. It is only this evening I have been reminded of his premature passing at the age of 36.
Then there was the day my mate was hauled away from our village side to play for Reading reserves as they didn’t have a fit goalkeeper to take to Norwich. Poor sod had to pick the ball out of the Carrow Road nets five times. The Norwich reserves that day fielded Robert Rosario up front. Sledgehammer, meet nut. My mate also died far too young.
There is a theme developing here. Perhaps I should change tack.
Norwich used to be a good day out, and I am sure in these days of all seater stadia and closed circuit tv it is even more of a craic. From memory my first trip there was in 1973. We won 4-0 and Charlie George was among the scorers. Norwich finished rock bottom that season and were accompanied into the second division by Manchester United, believe it or not. They both got promoted the following season, and we went down 3-1 at Carrow Road in 1975/6 when we only avoided the dreaded drop by eight points.
This season again looks like being a real test for the Canaries. They are without a Premier League win, shipping five goals against both Liverpool and Fulham, and four at Chelsea. On the plus side they are unbeaten in North London this season, having held the little club up the road to a 1-1 draw in the village of the damned.
Grant Holt remains the principal threat, the only City player to have scored twice this season. Should Bacary Sagna make the bench he will be in an Arsenal squad for the first time since Bradley Johnson broke his leg in the Grove fixture last season. The shame of that incident was that it soured a very impressive performance by the visitors. Have they deteriorated that much in five months? We shall see.
It must be said though that the Arsenal of May were psychologically a different side to the one that will take the field on Saturday teatime. The Arsenal of Arteta and Cazorla, of Podolski and hopefully Giroud, have a confidence that had been pressured out of us at the end of last season. I have to be positive with the ‘holic pound. Gunners Gaming are offering 21/2 on a 1-3 away win and that looks a decent punt to me under the circumstances. Click on the banner above to take advantage of their generosity, thanks.
So that is pretty much it. I will be in the wilds of Cornwall this weekend hoping and praying I can get some sort of a 3G signal on the ‘hPad. Fearing the worst I have arranged for a magnificent guest poster to bring you his observations on the game. That is likely to appear at some stage of Sunday I would have thought. Not only does said guest have to recover from his Saturday night goings on in his away juicer of choice, but I will need to get in range of an O2 signal to reproduce his words. It could be a late one 😉
Have a great weekend, ‘holics. I’m off to pack.
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