The Norwich boss Chris Hughton is getting ready to face Arsenal this evening at Carrow Road, and after conceding nine goals in their last two games, he is well aware that his team have a mountain to climb to try and get anything from Arsene Wenger’s team who are unbeaten on the road this season.
Hughton is certainly full of praise for Wenger and is extremely impressed with his success no matter who is playing on the pitch. “We know we are up against a wonderful team who have added already to what was a very good squad,” he said. “Defensively, they have started the season very well and they are on the back of a good result at West Ham. We certainly know the qualities they have but we have to have our game plan on the day and make it as difficult as we can.
“Are they title contenders? Yes. Very much so. They have added some real quality and in (Santi) Carzola they have a player who has started the season fabulously well and who is a real threat for them.
“I think we expected them to be there or thereabouts and perhaps with the signings they have made, even more so. These tests don’t come any bigger.
“Not only are they a top team but they are a top team in form. They have a great balance between youth and experience in the squad.”
“They have a wonderful manager who keeps re-inventing the team and has done in all the time he has been there,”
“I know him and have been involved in games against him as well as a manager and I very much appreciate the job he has done and how long he has been there. When you look at the teams he has built, it is extraordinary. He is an incredibly good and big football man. I don’t think it would be an understatement to say he revolutionised the English game.
“The best testament you can pay to him is the individual players who have worked with him and spoken so well about how he put another two or three seasons at the top level on their careers. In this day and age to be managing a club as long as he has is remarkable, as of course with Sir Alex Ferguson.”
“What they have both continued to do is almost make different teams and re-invent themselves,” he said. “When you lose a Robin van Persie that is a massive player to lose. Bringing in a Cazorla has altered slightly how they play, but he has been able to do that.
“Whenever he has lost the big players he has brought in others and continued the same quality. I’m quite sure if they had the choice they would have preferred to keep van Persie, but they have changed the centre forward option with Olivier Giroud, who perhaps didn’t start so well but played well against West Ham and scored midweek for France and allied to that defensively, they have started very, very well.”
Well there is not much there for Arsenal fans to disagree with. I’ve never been a great fan of Hughton’s before but he certainly makes his point eloquently there! At least he understands he has very little chance of winning this evening!