By contrast, defeat today would take it to three-in-a-row for Arsenal and make this the third worst Premier League campaign at this stage since Wenger took the helm.
Nabil Bentaleb is unlikely to feature after he played 63 minutes for Tottenham’s Under-21s against Reading on Thursday night.
The Canaries are 18th, having lost eight of their last nine games in all competitions, and are now six points adrift of the Swans, with captain Williams issuing a rallying cry to his side.
“It is a big game and an important one”.
In a serious blow to Arsenal’s already slim title chances, Petr Cech has been ruled out for four weeks with a calf injury.
Goalkeeper Cech picked up an injury during the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Swansea on Wednesday, while Koscielny is still recovering from a calf injury.
“There are five or six after that, that we can get points from – from now until the end of the season we need to get momentum”.
“It is not more serious”.
There was more frustration in the latest update of Jack Wilshere’s rehabilitation from a broken leg, with the England midfielder still “three to four weeks away” from a return.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Wenger revealed the extent of Cech’s injury saying “Cech is out, Koscielny is not back”. “Petr Cech struggled. He had a groin problem before the game, and he struggled on a little bit tonight”, Wenger said. “Maybe the impact and consequences on the table are more significant but the preparation is the same”, the 66-year-old Frenchman said. If he says he’s fit then he is available. I focus on the future.
“When asked whether he regretted not taking him off before the game, Wenger replied: “No, you want the players to be tough enough to play sometimes” [in spite of the pain] because you are never completely flawless”.
“I don’t see that (a lack of belief)”.
When pressed further on that first injury, Wenger, who will be without Cech for the Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with Barcelona later this month, added: “It is a calf injury”.