Posted on Sunday, 21st October 2012 by Daniel Conway
I wish Delia was a Gooner. For if she were, she may have asked the Arsenal players ‘where are you’, as yesterday evening they were nowhere to be found.
Going into this game, with a combination of results from earlier, Arsenal could have potentially gone fourth. Instead, after a toothless, gormless, insipid, and frankly pathetic all-round performance, we now lie in ninth position. Credit where credit is due, Norwich had a game plan and stuck to it, but nonetheless this really should have been a walk in the park for The Gunners.
Initially, Arsenal looked ok with some solid passing and movement, culminating in a fizzing left footed shot from Lukas Podolski that went narrowly wide. Andre Santos, deputising for the injured Kieran Gibbs, got forward plenty and saw a lot of the ball as well.
However, after a well-struck hit from Alexander Tettey, from around 35-yards, Grant Holt poked in after Vito Mannone parried in front goal. Per Mertesacker really should of done better on the follow-up but blame should be placed on Mannone for spilling the ball in the six-yard box, as opposed to around the corner.
From then on Arsenal always seemed on the back foot, lacking any creativity or decisiveness, and were lucky when Michael Turner should have extended the home side’s lead when he met Anthony Pilkington’s corner, only to head wide from six-yards.
Norwich did well to contain Santi Cazorla, whilst Gervinho and Olivier Giroud were both poor. Apart from in the 51st minute, when Carl Jenkinson sent in a strong cross, only for Giroud to fluff it wide, there was little to speak of in terms of Arsenal’s attacking prowess.
This was The Gunners’ first defeat since 1984 at Carrow Road, and it was well deserved.
Last season, a certain Dutch Voldemort scored twice to give Arsenal the win. He certainly would have been helpful today. Instead, he’s listening to the Happy Mondays, in the rain, looking realistically at winning something this season. Arsenal, however, based on this performance, do not.
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Tags: Alexander Tetty, Andre Santos, Anthony Pilkington, Arsenal, Carl Jenkinson, Gervinho, Grant Holt, Kieran Gibbs, Lukas Podolski, Michael Turner, Norwich, Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Vito Mannone
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