Here are 10 things you should know about Norwich and Arsenal before tomorrow evenings game at Carrow Road:
1. Alexander Tetty played his first full game for Norwich against Chelsea two weeks ago, and put in a match high 6.7 miles during the game. That’s the third highest distance covered by a Norwich player in any game this season.
2. Bradley Johnson is renowned for enjoying the physical side of the game, but his efforts have evidently strayed over the mark at times this season. He’s racked up 14 fouls placing him fourth on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
3. Johnson remains a crucial part of his team, having received the ball more times than any other Norwich player this season with 365 ball receptions.
4. Norwich’s difficult start to the season has been typified by the busy shifts put in by John Ruddy. Ruddy has been the third busiest goalkeeper in the league so far this season making 36 saves.
5. Robert Snodgrass continues to face frustrations, despite a generally impressive start to the season. The former Leeds winger has delivered more crosses (24) without being credited an assist than any other player in the Premier League.
6. The buy of the season so far, Santi Carzola, is more than happy to have an attempt on goal as he is to create chances for others. He sits fifth on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for shots on target with 15.
7. Carzola also this week overtook Yaya Toure as the player to have completed most passes in his opponent’s half. Carzola now sits on 334 passes completed compared to Toure’s 326, in what looks like being one of the battles of the season to come out as the top passer.
8. Despite the emergence of Carzola, team-mate Mikel Arteta remains Arsenal’s ‘go to’ man, having received the ball 668 times, more than any other player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
9. Kieran Gibbs continues to showcase his potential international credentials with some extremely mature defensive performances of late. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index places him second in the league for successful tackles with 22.
10. Meanwhile, defensive team-mate Carl Jenkinson has completed 184 passes in his opponent’s half, the second highest of any defender after England and Everton left-back Leighton Baines. He has also received the ball more times than any other defender with 485 receptions.
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