Posted on Saturday, 5th May 2012 by Tony Merakli
The Gunners got off to a flying start and took a two minute lead through Yossi Benayoun. However, they only managed to stay in front for 10 minutes after Wes Hoolahan passed a tame shot past Wojciech Szczesny.
15 minutes later Norwich surprisingly, though duly, were ahead. The Canaries hit Arsenal on a classic counter. Hoolahan squared the ball to Grant Holt whose shot deflected off Kieran Gibbs’ foot and over the hapless Szczesny.
In fairness, Arsenal were struggling to get their passing game going, though Norwich did well to prevent the home side from getting a foothold in the game.
The second 45 saw a much more urgent Arsenal side take to the field, and rightly so. Their passing was much better and they looked more determined, creating chances at will. They were finally level in the 72nd minute through Robin van Persie. Alex Song delivered a delightful long through ball to the Dutchman, who kept his line, and converted the chance he was given.
With the momentum on their side, Arsenal kept pressing and were looking for the winner. Eight minutes later they were rewarded for their efforts. Robin van Persie sent The Emirates into raptures after several passes outside the Norwich area finally broke to the in-form striker who blasted home The Gunners’ third and his 30th Premier League goal of the season.
With only 10 minutes left to play and the Gunners in control, it seemed conclusive that the north London side were going to bag all three points.
However, there was to be a final twist in the tale. In the 85th minute Steve Morison broke clear of the Arsenal defence and smashed in a low, hard shot into the far post of Szczesny’s goal.
The result still leaves Arsenal sitting in third position, but will have to depend on others to do their bidding.
Tottenham and Newcastle can both potentially leapfrog the Gunners if they manage to bag victories in their respective games this weekend.
So with that in mind, what FIVE things did we learn from today’s game?
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Tags: Alex Song, Anthony Taylor, Arsenal, Grant Holt, Kieran Gibbs, Kyle Naughton, Norwich, Robin Van Persie, Steve Morison, Wes Hoolahan, Wojciech Szczesny, Yossi Benayoun
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