Arsenal ride their luck and the crest of a wave to beat Norwich City 3-1
14 April 2013 10:00
For the second year in a row, Arsenal
have overcome a poor start to put themselves in pole position for a place in
the Champions League, with Saturday’s victory over Norwich taking them above
rivals Chelsea and Tottenham into third place.
But Wenger also knows that they would not be there but for the breaks they
enjoyed against Norwich
City, who were justifiably aggrieved at a raft of decisions that
transformed this game in the final minutes.
Trailing to Michael Turner’s 57th-minute goal, Arsenal got back into the game
via an 84th minute penalty that divided opinion sharply, and completed a 3-1
victory with a goal that should have been disallowed for offside.
The penalty award was controversial enough, with referee Mike Jones only
punishing Kei Kamara’s tug on Olivier Giroud’s shirt after his assistant
Richard West spotted the offence from the far touchline.
It was West who had erroneously flagged for the corner from which the offence
occurred, and the same official then failed to see that Theo Walcott was in
an offside position when he set up fellow substitute Lukas Podolski to make
it 3-1 in stoppage time.