Wenger has always reiterated that achieving a place in the top four of the Premier League is like winning a trophy in itself. However, Arsenal may not even land their fictional trophy of playing in the Champions League football since they currently sit in fifth, two points behind Chelsea and Spurs, but having a game in hand on the latter.
Victory against Norwich would mean, for the first time this season, the Gunners would be third in the table, at least for the time being. More importantly for Gooners, their aspirations of a top four finish currently sit in their own hands, with success in all of their remaining fixtures guaranteeing a trophy for Wenger – trophy of achieving Champions League football for next season, obviously.
In what is a massive boost for Wenger and his beleaguered squad, Metro has confirmed that key duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are back in contention for the weekend encounter against lowly Norwich City.
Wilshere has been sidelined with an ankle injury since their 2-1 defeat to London rivals Spurs last month, but is finally set to make his return against the Canaries after two stalled comebacks. Walcott sustained a groin injury during international duty with England, but the winger has shaken off his problem and is also available for the weekend.
Speaking yesterday, Wenger said, “Jack has joined normal training since Wednesday and Theo should join in tomorrow. They are 90 per cent available for Saturday.”
However, they will have to cope without two players who were influential in their 2-1 victory against West Brom last weekend. Rosicky scored a brilliant brace, but is a major doubt due to a hamstring complaint. Mertesacker has been in inspired form in recent weeks, but his red card means he is suspended for the next match.
However, Vermaelen will come in for the German with Arsenal expected to easily turnover Norwich. Walcott and Wilshere will also make up for the likely loss of Rosicky.
Wenger said, “The other uncertainty we have from last Saturday is Tomas Rosicky, who has a little hamstring irritation. His involvement is yet to be decided as well but it’s fair to say that he is a big doubt for Saturday.”
We shall see if the Gunners continue their winning streak but the Canaries under former Spur, Chris Hughton are no push over as many teams have found out this season.