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  • Date:13 Apr 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,095
  • Arteta - pen (84)
    Sebastien Bassong - og (87) Giroud (87)
    Podolski (90)
  • Turner (55)
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96mins

Foul by Mikel Arteta on Russell Martin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Russell Martin.

93mins

Robert Snodgrass concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Robert Snodgrass is shown a yellow card. Simeon Jackson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alexander Tettey. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.

92mins

Lukas Podolski scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-1 Norwich.Assist by Theo Walcott.

91mins

Robert Snodgrass takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski. Shot from deep inside the area by Olivier Giroud goes over the bar. Short corner taken by Mikel Arteta.

88mins

Olivier Giroud fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Norwich.Assist by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

87mins

Grant Holt is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

83mins

Unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud by Kei Kamara results in a Penalty. The referee books Mark Bunn for dissent. Placed penalty scored by Mikel Arteta. Arsenal 1-1 Norwich.Assist by Olivier Giroud.

82mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott, Kei Kamara manages to make a clearance.

80mins

Grant Holt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on in place of Bacary Sagna. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud by Alexander Tettey. Santi Cazorla delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

78mins

Shot from 12 yards from Lukas Podolski. Save by Mark Bunn.

75mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Santi Cazorla. Robert Snodgrass produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

74mins

Kei Kamara fouled by Kieran Gibbs, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.

72mins

Centre by Kieran Gibbs, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong. Russell Martin takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a comfortable save.

70mins

Bacary Sagna produces a cross.

69mins

Alexander Tettey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

65mins

Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.

63mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Mikel Arteta. Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass. The referee blows for offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.

61mins

Lukas Podolski is caught offside. Bradley Johnson goes off and David Fox comes on. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.

59mins

Theo Walcott is brought on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere. Lukas Podolski replaces Yao Gervinho.

58mins

Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

55mins

Unfair challenge on Kei Kamara by Kieran Gibbs results in a free kick. Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, Michael Turner finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Arsenal 0-1 Norwich.The assist for the goal came from Robert Snodgrass.

54mins

Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.

53mins

Corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla, clearance made by Russell Martin.

51mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Santi Cazorla, save by Mark Bunn.

49mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Sebastien Bassong takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.

48mins

Jack Wilshere produces a cross, Russell Martin gets a block in.

47mins

Foul by Bradley Johnson on Olivier Giroud, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Santi Cazorla, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.

46mins

Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Clearance by Steven Whittaker. Inswinging corner taken by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Santi Cazorla.

45mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Robert Snodgrass. Mikel Arteta delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Kei Kamara.

43mins

Centre by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Russell Martin. Corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla to the near post, clearance by Grant Holt.

42mins

Grant Holt is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

40mins

Santi Cazorla fouled by Russell Martin, the ref awards a free kick. Kieran Gibbs takes the direct free kick.

40mins

Santi Cazorla produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Comfortable save by Mark Bunn.

36mins

Olivier Giroud challenges Steven Whittaker unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Whittaker.

35mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Snodgrass, Olivier Giroud makes a clearance.

34mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna goes into the book. Steven Whittaker crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

34mins

Yao Gervinho delivers the ball.

31mins

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.

29mins

Effort from inside the area by Yao Gervinho misses to the left of the goal.

26mins

The ball is delivered by Kieran Gibbs, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.

23mins

Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, Olivier Giroud takes a shot.

22mins

Kei Kamara fouled by Olivier Giroud, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Turner takes the direct free kick.

21mins

Jonathan Howson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

15mins

The referee blows for offside. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.

12mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Bradley Johnson. Free kick crossed by Santi Cazorla, clearance made by Kei Kamara.

9mins

A cross is delivered by Kieran Gibbs, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.

8mins

Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

4mins

A cross is delivered by Bradley Johnson, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

3mins

The referee gives a free kick against Kieran Gibbs for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Kei Kamara.

1mins

Corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line to the near post, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Late test for Rosicky Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky faces a fitness test on his hamstring and is rated as 50/50 for the Barclays Premier League game against Norwich. England duo Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Theo Walcott (hip/thigh) are ready to return from their injury lay-offs. Centre-back Per Mertesacker serves a one-match suspension after his red card at West Brom, so captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to return to the defence. Midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee. Arsenal lost 1-0 at Norwich back in October, but the Norfolk club will probably still need another six points to secure their top-flight status for a third campaign. "It is quite amazing what they (still) need because they took something like 22 points in that unbeaten run, but outside that period, they struggled," said Wenger. "It is difficult to maintain that complete focus for 38 games and certainly when you are in full power and full confidence, things go a bit more for you than normal. "In the Premier League the difference is made on very, very little and when you just drop a fraction you can lose the games that you won before." Wenger added: "Norwich will fight not to go down and that means you expect a full commitment, complete focus on defending well and catching us on the break. "We have to make sure we go into the game with the right focus and put them under pressure." Norwich will assess the fitness of goalkeeper Mark Bunn (groin). Lee Camp is ready to deputise, having come off the bench against Swansea last weekend, while winger Anthony Pilkington should be available again after his hamstring injury. England goalkeeper John Ruddy will not yet be risked despite having continued his recovery from thigh surgery with 90 minutes in a development match on Monday. Norwich's win in the reverse fixture was the start of a 10-match unbeaten run from Hughton's men. However, only one win in 2013 has left the Canaries needing probably another six points to secure another crack at the top flight. Johnson sees no reason why at least one of those could not come at the Emirates. "We had a game plan at our place to get in their faces and upset them, and I think we can do it again on Saturday," he said. Hughton masterminded a 1-0 victory at Arsenal when in charge of Newcastle in November 2010, secured via a goal from Andy Carroll. He said: "We will need that type of performance. "I don't see anybody going to the Emirates with the form Arsenal are in and getting anything without having to play well. "We will, though, have to be a threat ourselves, because you cannot defend for 90 minutes there, they are too good for that."

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 442Manager: Chris Hughton

Norwich

  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Olivier Giroud
  • SUBS
  • Vito Mannone
  • Lukas Podolski
  • Theo Walcott
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Carl Jenkinson

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Match Report

Arsenal 3-1 Norwich: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Gunners deny City famous win

Arsenal struck three late goals to move back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League and deny Norwich a famous victory as they won 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

With Chelsea and Tottenham not in action this weekend because of the FA Cup semi-finals, the Gunners had the chance to put Champions League qualification back in their own hands.

However, the Canaries - who still need a couple of wins to secure top-flight status - produced a resolute battling display and took the lead after 56 minutes through Michael Turner's close-range header.

With the clock ticking, Arsenal were handed a way back into the match when the assistant referee spotted a shirt pull on Olivier Giroud by Kei Kamara. Mikel Arteta kept his cool from the spot to level before Giroud's close-range effort turned the match around and substitute Lukas Podolski wrapped things up in stoppage time.

Arsenal host Everton here on Tuesday night and then head to Fulham before Spurs play against Manchester City next weekend and so could open up a significant gap on their north-London rivals.

Chris Hughton's men, meanwhile, must now regroup for the visit of Reading and games with Stoke and Aston Villa, which will ultimately define the end to their season.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere returned from an ankle injury, and although fellow England international Theo Walcott was also fit again, but was named on the bench while captain Thomas Vermaelen returned to defence in place of suspended Per Mertesacker.

Norwich beat Arsenal at home in October which started a 10-match undefeated run but have since stalled in 2013.

The visitors, though, started with some intent as on-loan forward Kamara offered support to captain Grant Holt and Robert Snodgrass in attack.

Arsenal, however, were soon on the offensive, as a flowing move down the left saw Gervinho cut the ball back across the face of goal.

After 20 minutes, a clever flick from Wilshere at the edge of the Norwich penalty area sent Aaron Ramsey clear, but the ball bounced just too far ahead of the Wales international, which allowed Mark Bunn to come off his line and collect.

Giroud was then unfortunate to see his backward header loop onto the top of the crossbar.

As the half-hour mark approached, Norwich were opened up again as Gervinho dashed onto a through ball and rounded Bunn as he dashed out of the area - but the Ivory Coast forward had been pushed too far wide on the right and his cutback from a tight angle rolled across the face of goal and behind.

Following a positive spell by Norwich, Santi Cazorla tried his luck from range, but Bunn was right behind it.

In stoppage-time, Giroud's bullet header from a corner was deflected behind by Scotland defender Steven Whittaker.

There was more purpose from Arsenal following the restart, if again without much penetration in the final third.

It was the visiting supporters who were in full voice just before the hour as Turner headed Norwich into the lead.

Kieran Gibbs, preferred to Nacho Monreal, tripped Kamara on the right edge of the Arsenal penalty area.

Snodgrass floated the free-kick towards the back post, where Turner rose unmarked to power a header into the bottom left corner after 56 minutes.

Wenger's response was immediate as he made a double change to bring on Walcott and Podolski, replacing Wilshere and Gervinho.

It could, though, have got worse for the hosts when defender Sebastien Bassong broke clear before releasing Russell Martin into the right side of the area, but the full-back's angled shot was straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

Podolski drilled in Giroud's clever chest-down some six yards out, but Bunn got just enough on the ball to tip it up onto the crossbar.

Arsenal were level with just two minutes left from the penalty spot.

Following a corner, the assistant on the far side spotted a shirt pull by Kamara on Giroud - which Norwich protested, and Bunn was shown a yellow card.

When calm was eventually restored, Arteta kept his nerve to guide the ball into the bottom-right corner just past Bunn's dive.

Arsenal turned things around when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain darted to the left and cut the ball back, where Giroud stabbed it home just ahead of Bassong's challenge.

After Jonny Howson's snapshot was saved by Fabianski, it finished 3-1 to flatter the Gunners when Podolski turned to drill home from 18 yards.

Form Guide

    WWLWWW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Norwich
  • WLDDLD

Last Meetings

  • Norwich
  • 1 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 20/10/2012
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 3
  • Norwich
  • 05/05/2012
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 19/11/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 4 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 02/04/2005
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 28/08/2004
  • Arsenal
  • 5 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 01/04/1995

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • SG Cazorla 12
  • T Walcott 11
  • O Giroud 10
  • L Podolski 8
  • YK Gervinho 5
  • T Rosicky 2
  • P Mertesacker 2
  • M Arteta 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • NE Monreal 1
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Norwich

  • G Holt 5
  • R Snodgrass 5
  • A Pilkington 4
  • W Hoolahan 3
  • R Martin 3
  • S Bassong 3
  • M Turner 2
  • S Whittaker 1
  • S Jackson 1
  • B Johnson 1
  • K Kamara 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 95
    • Goals per game 61
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 11 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Norwich

    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 30
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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