Arsenal test is one to relish - Byram

Sam Byram of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool
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23/11/2019

Sam Byram of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 23/11/2019

Paul Chesterton

Arsenal will arrive at Carrow Road expecting to win but will meet a rejuvenated Norwich City squad, defender Sam Byram has warned the Gunners.

Unai Emery's side are without a win in five games and have slipped to eighth in the Premier League table, snatching a 2-2 home draw with Southampton on Saturday thanks to an injury-time equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette.

However, while City have all week to prepare for Sunday's game (2pm), Arsenal host Frankfurt in the Europa League tomororow knowing that victory will seal a place in the knockout stages and end the need to win at Standard Liege in their final group game.

"It's a huge club with very talented players," said Byram, having covered impressively at left-back during Saturday's 2-0 win at Everton. "Their fans expect a lot of them and they will come expecting a win.

"We've just picked up three points and will be taking the momentum with us and we'll be doing our best.

"We've showed that we can compete at this level. It's very small margins and the difference to last year is that if you give a mistake away at this level, they are going to punish you.

"It's down to us to be solid and take our chances when we can."

The 26-year-old was signed from West Ham for £750,000 this summer, having seen a loan at Nottingham Forest ruined by a serious knee injury last season.

With the full-back joining a squad which won the Championship title last season, he has been able to judge the difficult adjustment to the top flight amid City's defensive injury crisis.

He continued: "Coming off the back of last year it's a group that's predominantly the same squad and going from winning every week, to having tough times when you are on the back of a few losses, is hard to take. But the spirit has been really good and I think that really showed."

The win at Everton saw City bounce back from six defeats in seven games and a painful 2-0 loss to survival rivals Watford ahead of the international break, with Byram thanking Canaries fans for standing by their players.

"Home and away they've been brilliant," he added. "Obviously we're not in the best of positions in the table and for them to keep supporting us like they are doesn't go unnoticed."

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