McArthur: We can beat Canaries

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JAMES McArthur is confident Latics can put an end to Norwich’s unbeaten run this Saturday at Carrow Road.

The Canaries are flying high at the moment with their last league defeat coming way back at the start of October.

Since then, they have beaten Manchester United, Arsenal (in the cup) and Tottenham and were involved in a seven-goal thriller last weekend, beating Swansea 4-3 at the Liberty Stadium.

Latics, on the other hand, slipped into the bottom three on Tuesday night without even kicking a ball.

Sunderland’s 3-0 thrashing of Reading helped them leapfrog Wigan.

However, the 25-year-old midfielder reckons you only have to look at some of the victories Wigan have had in the past to be confident of taking all three points this weekend.

“Norwich are playing really well right now,” said McArthur. “They’re a good few games undefeated so we know it’s going to be a tough game. But we’ve beaten teams who have been in-form already.

“We beat Newcastle 4-0 (last season) when they were flying really so hopefully we can do that at Norwich.

“We got a decent result there last year so hopefully we can go and influence our style of play on the match and get the three points.”

Latics go into the game on the back of last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with QPR at the DW Stadium.

Despite dominating for the vast majority of the game, momentary lapses of concentration in defence cost them the extra two points.

But Scotland international McArthur is taking the positives from what was an impressive display.

“It’s frustrating really,” he added. “I thought we played great, we created numerous chances and limited them to a few chances.

“We’ve got that confidence in our play right now, you must have seen the confidence was oozing out of the players.

“Hopefully we can take that to the match on Saturday where it’s a massive game for us. We want to win it and push up the table.”

McArthur has been instrumental in midfield this year alongside friend and former Hamilton teammate James McCarthy.

The latter scored both goals last weekend, bringing to an end a drought of almost two years without a goal.

“I was giving him a wee bit of stick before the game, saying I’ve scored more goals than him this year,” laughed McArthur, who has netted once this term against West Ham.

“The tables have reversed now, he’s giving me a bit of stick saying he’s got double my goals.

“Hopefully I can get another one and try and get level with him.”