London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - When Arsenal opened the season with a 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa, it looked as though the Gunners were destined for another mediocre campaign that would conclude without a trophy.
But Arsene Wenger's side has bounced back in sensational form, going on a six- game unbeaten run from, which it has taken 16 points out of a possible 18, to climb to the top of the Premier League table.
The Gunners will look to keep that run of good form going on Saturday when they welcome lowly Norwich City to the Emirates, but the Canaries will attempt to kick-start their campaign with a positive road result following the international break.
"What you can't do is you can't go to the Emirates with any type of fear," said Norwich manager Chris Hughton. "You've got to go there to do your best to get something out of the game, and it's a good opportunity for us to do that."
Norwich is coming off of a 3-1 loss to Chelsea, a particularly debilitating result given that Hughton's side was level with the Blues heading into the 85th minute. But the good performance was ruined when Eden Hazard's go-ahead goal and Willian's insurance goal put the match out of reach.
"It's exciting," Houghton continued. "It's a challenge for us - we're off the back of a disappointing defeat to Chelsea, especially after the manner in which we played. What we need to do is take all the good things from that performance into the game at Arsenal, but we're aware of what the task is because of how well they're playing at the moment."
Level with Arsenal atop the table is Liverpool, which has won two straight since suffering its lone league loss of the campaign, a 1-0 defeat to Southampton, on Sept. 21. The Reds will be out to claim maximum points against a Newcastle side that has quietly climbed up to 11th place when the two clubs meet at St. James' Park on Saturday.
Manchester United will hope to get its season back on track when it welcomes fourth-place Southampton to Old Trafford on Saturday. The Red Devils have lost three of their last five Premier League encounters, but it will not get any easier against the Saints, who have claimed 10 points from their last four league matches.
Manchester City comes into the weekend on 13 points, just three points shy of top spot in the league. The Citizens will attempt to close that gap with a positive result at West Ham United on Saturday.
Elsewhere in the English top flight on Saturday, Chelsea plays host to Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge, Everton welcomes Hull City to Goodison Park, West Bromwich Albion heads to the Britannia to take on Stoke City and Sunderland goes for its first win of the season when it faces Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
On Sunday, Aston Villa will look to build upon a three-game unbeaten run when it hosts Tottenham at Villa Park, while Monday's lone contest sees Fulham take on a Crystal Palace side that has lost its last four Premier League matches.