Johnson won't bow to Wilshere

Norwich's Bradley Johnson admires Jack Wilshere but refuses to be intimidated by the player he must contain on Saturday.

Last Updated: 10/04/13 at 16:26 Post Comment

Bradley Johnson: Relishing playing against Wilshere on Saturday

Bradley Johnson: Relishing playing against Wilshere on Saturday

Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson admires Jack Wilshere but refuses to be intimidated by the player he must contain in Saturday's clash with Arsenal.

Wilshere is expected to return for the Barclays Premier League showdown at the Emirates Stadium after spending the last six weeks recovering from an ankle injury.

The 21-year-old is Arsenal's most influential figure but Johnson, who played non-league football for four years before joining Leeds in 2008, is relishing the prospect of their midfield duel.

"You want to play against the best and Jack is a terrific player, but on the day he's just another player in front of me who I want to beat," he said.

"I won't be fazed by how good he is, I'll try my best against him and hopefully we'll get the win."

Norwich have won just one of their last 16 Premier League matches to leave them casting anxious glances at the relegation battle unfolding below them.

Rejuvenated Arsenal are unlikely to offer any respite from their slide down the table - the Canaries are only four points above relegation - but Johnson is hopeful they can repeat the heroics they produced against the Gunners in October when they triumphed 1-0 at Carrow Road.

"No one expects us to go to clubs like Arsenal and Man Utd and win, but we've beaten both of them at home already this season so who says we can't do it away from home?" he said.

"We know it will be a hard game. If we get anything out of it, it will be a bonus.

"We work hard for each other and we got into Arsenal's faces at home. We upset their rhythm.

"We know it will be tough at the Emirates because they're on a good run of form, but if we go there and play like we did at Carrow Road, why can't we get a result there?"

Norwich have six matches to secure a third successive season in the Premier League with the fixtures against Stoke and Aston Villa key to their survival hopes.

"When you lose one and then a second, the pressure starts building. We went on a good run, going 10 games unbeaten, but that's in the past now," Johnson said.

"There are six games left and we view each one as a cup final. We have to treat every match as those it's the last game of the season.

"At this stage last season we were more or less safe, so we haven't been in this position before.

"The hardest thing is staying in this league. A lot of our players have come from the lower leagues and we don't want to go back there.

"It would be a great achievement for us to spend a third season in the Premier League.

"Everyone talks about second season syndrome, so to put that behind us and stay would be great."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger says it is impossible for Chelsea to lose title

Arsene Wenger believes it is just a matter of time before Chelsea are crowned champions after their 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho laughs off 'boring' Arsenal jibes

Jose Mourinho laughed off the Arsenal crowd's "boring" jibes by reminding the Gunners of their 10-year wait for the title.

Bayern title hat-trick confirmed

Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions for the third year running without even kicking a ball on Sunday as their nearest rivals Wolfsburg went down to a 1-0 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company