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Arsenal - Norwich City
Premier League - 5 May 2012
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The full-time whistle goes at the Emirates Stadium, and it has ended 3-3 between Arsenal and Norwich City in what has been a thrilling Premier League encounter! It's a blow for Arsenal's ambitions of securing a Champions League spot, but Norwich deserve their point. Thanks for joining us.
Substitute Wilbraham is booked for a robust challenge on Koscielny, and he can have no complaints about that.
Koscielny again goes down injured, and he has really struggled today.
Song attempts an audacious back heel from close range as a fine cross comes over from Rosicky, but he cannot turn it home.
Four minutes will be added at the end of this second half, and both sides are pressing for a winner now.
Penalty? No! Naughton appears to bundle over Van Persie as the forward attempts to turn home a delivery into the six-yard box, but referee Taylor is having none of it.
Wenger is absolutely furious as his side continue to look hopelessly ragged at the back.
What a finish from Morison, and that was just as clinical as Van Persie's strikes as he picked out the far corner of the net!
GOAL! Morison draws Norwich level at 3-3! Jonny Howson slides a perfectly-weighted through ball into the path of Morison, who looks up and slams a stunning finish beyond Szczesny and into the far corner of the net!
Norwich attack, and Arsenal look very shaky at the back once more as Morison throws his weight around to good effect.
What a game this is, and both sides are not finished attacking.
GOAL! Van Persie pounces once more to put his side in front with 10 minutes remaining, and he is utterly clinical as the ball breaks to him inside the penalty area following a through ball from Rosicky which breaks loose to the Arsenal captain!
Wenger is out again, imploring his players to press further up the field.
It's all Arsenal now as the hosts pile forward in their droves, and both sides are showing almost reckless abandon now!
Anthony Pilkington comes on to replace Hoolahan, and the winger will provide valuable fresh legs.
Both managers are putting the fourth official under real pressure as tempers boil over, and this is going to be a frenetic finish.
Holt and Song have another real argument as the pair continue to bicker away, and referee Taylor has to come between them.
What a crucial goal for the Gunners in their battle for Champions League qualification, and the ball from Song was absolutely exquisite.
GOAL! Van Persie levels! Chamakh has a shot blocked, before song shows incredible vision to pick out the Arsenal captain with a dinked through ball, and he slams the ball home with an emphatic finish!
Gervinho continues to be full of running, and he gets to the byline before cutting the ball back to Van Persie, who cannot gather it in his stride.
Wenger follows that change seconds later with one of his own: Marouane Chamakh comes on to replace Benayoun.
Simeon Jackson makes way as Steve Morison is given a taste of the action.
Hoolahan is shown a yellow card for a mistimed challenge, and Benayoun is seemingly very happy about that.
STAT: Arsenal have recovered more points from losing positions than any other Premier League side this season (20).
Van Persie bursts through on goal, but he dallies and Lappin gets back to make a fine interception - surely there will be further goals in this match.
Lappin miskicks as he looks to clear upfield, but fortunately for him he is given a second opportunity.
Szczesny is having a nightmare in this match, and he slices another shoddy clearance straight out of play.
A huge roar goes up from the home fans as Wenger brings on Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Ramsey comes off.
Ramsey drags a tame shot wide of the far post after fine work outwide from Gervinho, and it's a chance a minute at the moment!
Oxlade Chamberlain is warming up vigorously, and surely he will be on very shortly.
Jonny Howson is given a stern talking to as he brings down Rosicky, but the referee keeps his cards in his pocket.
It's breathless stuff as Norwich have a clear-cut opportunity with Hoolahan put through on goal, before Van Persie almost stretches to turn a cross from Benayoun on target: both opportunities are squandered!
Benayoun rises high to meet a dinked delivery from Rosicky with his head, but the effort is poor and straight at Ruddy, who saves comfortably!
STAT: The Gunners mustered 11 shots on target in the reverse fixture earlier this season, their joint-highest tally in any game this campaign.
That really was a golden opportunity for Jackson to give Norwich a two-goal cushion - could they be left to rue his profligacy?
What a chance for Norwich! Jackson is put through on goal by Russell Martin as he beats the Arsenal offside trap once more, but his shot is saved by Szczesny!
Van Persie drives a low shot across the six-yard box, but Benayoun is unable to get on the end of it at full stretch!
Rosicky bursts through the Norwich half at pace, but is unable to hold his composure as a poor touch allows Bennett to intercept.
The home fans are right behind their side now as the hosts attack relentlessly at the start of this second half. /// Sam says Arsenal can say goodbye to the top four if they don't win this match, while JimGuri reckons the Gunners will produce the kind of comeback they saved for Spurs.
Ruddy lumps a long ball upfield to Jackson, but the forward cannot take the ball down in his stride.
Szczesny, who has not had a good game at all thus far, slices a clearance straight out of play and that's a sloppy start.
The second half is underway at the Emirates, and Wenger sent out his players very early indeed for the restart.
Dinesh Sharma believes it is high time Wenger bought more players, while Samuel Donalds remains confident the hosts will win 4-2. Tom Holloway thinks Norwich deserve their lead, but will see it eroded, and BurnsAlex41 is among those calling for Oxlade-Chamberlain to come on. What do others think?
Do you back Arsenal to force their way back in front in this match, or do you think Norwich will preserve their advantage?
The half-time whistle is met with boos from the home fans, and Norwich lead 2-1 courtesy of goals from Hoolahan and Holt after Benayoun gave the hosts the lead in just the second minute. It's been end-to-end stuff, and the second half should be equally entertaining.
Two fine crosses in the space of a minute are whipped into the Arsenal box, and Holt is twice very close to converting!
Vermaelen flies through the back of Jackson with a woeful challenge, and referee Taylor has no option but to book him.
Van Persie loses the ball to Naughton as he falls on the edge of the Norwich box, and another opening is wasted.
There will be four added minutes at the end of this first half, with Arsenal pressing forward in search of an equaliser before the break.
Norwich continue to keep the ball on halfway as Hoolahan wins the ball back, and he is having a superb game.
Lambert continues to have animated conversations with the fourth official, and he is infuriated by the recent calls from the referee.
Naughton whips over another fine ball, and Bennett falls to the ground after he and Koscielny collide. Lambert is furious at a string of decisions not going his side's way.
Coquelin slides in recklessly and brings down Jackson inside the Arsenal box, and replays show that he did not get the ball at all there - the referee must have thought that he made contact with the ball!
Rosicky breaks at pace and combines with Gervinho, but Lappin does well to hold him up and ensure that he doesn't cross into the box.
Rosicky takes a tumble again, and this time the referee gives him a free kick out on the right with Johnson furious.
Benayoun reacts furiously as he gets involved in a scufffle with Lappin, and he kicks out at the midfielder on the floor - petulant, and he's lucky the referee did not spot that!
STAT: An Arsenal player has scored multiple goals in three of their last four games against Norwich (Van Persie, Henry and Hartson).
Chance! Gervinho does superbly to force his way to the left byline and cut the ball back, but the onrushing Gibbs side-foots the ball wide from close range, lacking any real conviction.
Arsenal are being torn apart at the back as Jackson gets down the right and whips over a fine delivery, but this time Holt cannot capitalise!
It's been a period of play to forget for Arsenal, with Norwich turning this match around completely, coupled with the injury to Sagna.
Sagna is immediately replaced by Wenger as Francis Coquelin comes on in his place.
Sagna is taken off on a stretcher after falling very awkwardly, and it looks as though his knee turned rather nastily as he fell.
Wenger rather comically hurls a water bottle to the ground in frustration. Koscielny eventually gets to his feet, and Jackson is booked.
Jackson brings down Koscielny with a very poor challenge from behind, and the Arsenal defender stays on the ground.
Koscielny brings the ball forward from the back, and Sagna's cross manages to evade everyone inside the box.
What a turnaround in this match as the visitors now lead 2-1, and they deserve their advantage after a fine response!
GOAL! A swift counter-attack sees Jackson and Hoolahan combine, before Holt's shot takes a vicious deflection off Gibbs and the ball loops over Szczesny's head - Norwich lead!
Norwich are thriving now as Arsenal are further forced under the cosh, with the visitors enjoying a lot of the ball.
Benayoun makes ground once more down the left, and he looks Arsenal's most inventive player this afternoon.
Lappin lumps a long ball upfield, and Arsenal can now build from the back after patient passing at the back.
Norwich are enjoying a fine spell of possession now as the hosts are forced to defend, and the home fans are getting frustrated.
Aaron Ramsey makes a very poor sliding challenge on halfway as he scythes down Hoolahan, and he is rightly booked.
STAT: Only Man City (10), have conceded fewer home goals than Arsenal (14) this season.
Holt gets in behind the Arsenal back four once more, but this time he's ruled offside as he times his run slightly wrong. It was very marginal.
Norwich continue to enjoy fleeting forays into the Arsenal half, and the visitors are looking very dangerous on the break.
It's end-to-end play as Norwich attack fearlessly with Arsenal enjoying 60 percent of the possession.
Gervinho gets down the right and produces a fine cross to the back post, but Naughton does well to turn the ball behind.
Van Persie picks up the ball on the edge of the Norwich box, but he drives a wild shot well wide of the far post with Ruddy rooted to the spot.
STAT: Arsenal have gone three Premier League games without a win for the first time since four winless games in January/February.
What an awful minute that was for the Arsenal goalkeeper, who could have conceded twice with two poor errors.
GOAL! Szczesny makes a hash of this too as Naughton gets to the right touchline and cuts the ball back for Hoolahan, and the Arsenal keeper lets a tame side-footed shot squirm through his grasp!
Szczesny gets himself in a real mess as he charges out and misses his punch, and Holt heads over the bar from Hoolahan's fine cross!
Lambert implores his players to press further up the field as Hoolahan gets on the ball on halfway after a misplaced pass from Koscielny.
Simeon Jackson is caught offside as he gets in behind the Gunners' back four to meet a free kick from Johnson.
Bradley Johnson gets down the left and whips over a deep delivery to the back post, but Gibbs does well to ensure that Holt does not meet the ball cleanly.
Benayoun is brimming with confidence now as he jinks inside from the left and almost picks out Van Persie with a dinked through ball.
Sagna maraudes down the right for Arsenal, but Russell Martin is able to clear under pressure after sticking out a foot to make a fine interception.
What a chance for Grant Holt! The ball breaks loose to the forward on the edge of the Arsenal box, but he drives his shot against Kieran Gibbs and a promising chance goes begging.
Norwich are gradually getting a foothold in this first half as the visitors keep the ball on halfway, and that's much better from them.
STAT: Arsenal have won each of their last four games against Norwich City.
What a finish that was from Benayoun, and John Ruddy was left flat-footed and helpless by that shot.
GOAL! Yossi Benayoun puts Arsenal in front with an exquisite finish from the left edge of the penalty area, and he curls the ball into the far corner with precision after being afforded far too much space in the box!
It's a very fine start from Arsenal as the hosts keep the ball in midfield, and Norwich are not getting anywhere near their opponents.
We're all set for kick-off at the Emirates Stadium, and Norwich have absolutely nothing to lose as Lambert sends out his side, with Wenger playing with a football on the touchline.
What do you make of the two line-ups - are you happy with the sides picked by Wenger and Lambert? What is your prediction for this afternoon's clash and who will get on the scoresheet?
Arsenal name an unchanged starting XI as Van Persie leads the Gunners attack as they look to tighten their grip on third. South Korea forward Park Ju-Young replaces injured Abou Diaby on the bench. Norwich, who are safe from the threat of relegation, make several changes from the side beaten 3-0 at home to Liverpool, with Simon Lappin coming into the defence and Simeon Jackson partnering Grant Holt in attack.
Elliott Bennett maintains Norwich will be looking to finish their top-flight campaign on a high. "It is massively important to end on a bit of a high, because it would be a shame to waste all the hard work and some of the great things we have achieved this season and haven't achieved in the last few games," he told the Eastern Daily Press. Norwich's final game of the season is a home match against struggling Aston Villa.
When Van Persie collected the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year award he insisted that, whatever happens during the rest of his career he would "always be a Gunner". He said: "That is still the plan, we haven't set a date but I will have a meeting with the boss like we did before, now we will be having a meeting about my future, and lots of other things." Are you convinced?
ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Ramsey, Song, Gervinho, Rosicky, Benayoun, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Park, Andre Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Djourou, Chamakh, Coquelin /// NORWICH: Ruddy, Naughton, Ryan Bennett, Martin, Lappin, Johnson, Howson, Elliott Bennett, Hoolahan, Jackson, Holt. Subs: Steer, Morison, Surman, Pilkington, Fox, Wilbraham, Ward
Arsenal sit in third place, one point ahead of both Tottenham and Newcastle with two games remaining. After today's clash with Norwich, the Gunners face West Brom at the Hawthorns to end their season.
Will Robin van Persie stay? Arsene Wenger: "Who would want to lose his best player? My desire and my wish is to find an agreement with Robin van Persie, extend the contract and stay with us for a longer time. Hopefully we can reach that. If that wouldn't happen, we will still want him to stay, but I am more focused on the first situation. I think what is important for us is that we find an agreement with him to be happy and finish his career here. I cannot guarantee that it will go well."
Paul Lambert: "I won’t go there with any fear and its something I’d rather have than not. I’d rather go to Arsenal than where I was two years ago. I don’t think I’d lost three in a row so it is not too bad to have gone this length of time. We have two massive games to get through and that’s what we’ll try and do.”
Arsenal host Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium looking to consolidate third spot in the Premier League table with rivals Tottenham and Newcastle just a point behind.