Johnson, 25, returns to boyhood club Arsenal as Chris Hughton's squad look for a positive result to push them a step closer top-flight survival.
During last season's 3-3 draw at Emirates Stadium, Johnson drew criticism for a challenge on Gunners full-back Bacary Sagna, which left the defender with a broken leg and out of Euro 2012.
When Paul Lambert signed Johnson from Leeds in July 2011, he admitted the combative midfielder had "a little bit of a nasty streak in him".
Johnson - whose clash with QPR's Joey Barton last January saw his opponent sent off for an alleged headbutt - maintains he is not a malicious player, but will not shy away from the heat of battle.
"I can't talk for any other player but yes, I like a challenge. I like a competitive game," said Johnson.
"Obviously Paul Lambert mentioned when he signed me that I have a bit of a nasty streak in me, but I work hard and I want to win, so that means every tackle I go into I want to win the ball.
"People might think it's malicious, but it's not. I want to win, so it should come out as that."
Johnson added: "Obviously I don't set out to hurt people when I go and play, but tackling is part of my game and if I caught him (Sagna) and it is a recurrence of his broken leg, then obviously I am sorry about that.
"I didn't go out maliciously to hurt anyone. I don't do that. I am just going to concentrate on the game on Saturday and help Norwich get three points."