Arsenal 3-1 Norwich City: As It Happened
Premier League: Arsenal vs. Norwich City
Arsenal 3-1 Norwich
Arteta 85' (pen)
Bassong (OG) 88'
Arsenal: Fabianski; Sagna (Oxlade-Chamberlain 81'), Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere (Walcott 60'); Cazorla, Gervinho (Podolski 60'), Giroud
Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Monreal, Coquelin, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski
Norwich: Bunn; R. Martin, Bassong, Turner, Whitaker; Johnson (Fox 63'), Howson, Snodgrass, Tettey (Jackson 90') Kamara; Holt
Subs: Camp, Jackson, Fox, E. Bennett, Becchio, Garrido, R. Bennett
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One of Arsenal's best wins of the season will not be undisputed. An arguably dodgy penalty decision opened the floodgates for Arsenal, who came back in stunning fashion to take three points with a goal to spare.
The Gunners' lackluster display for 90 percent of the game will probably be forgotten, but good teams find ways to win and poor teams find ways to lose. Fans should check their elation, but comebacks like these should be savored.
90+6' Just 30 seconds left now.
90+5' Now Arsenal have found more of their flow. Walcott was offside in the buildup to the third, rubbing salt into Norwich's wounds. This win won't come without controversy.
Lukas Podolski has finished it off, and it's ecstasy at the Emirates. Walcott laid it off for Podolski right on the edge of the 18, and the German curls a wonderful low shot past Bunn. What a comeback.
90+2' Norwich get a corner that is nervously caught by Lukasz Fabianski. Arsenal counterattack, and Olivier Giroud's shot is tipped over the bar by Bunn.
Arsenal in possession. Six minutes of added time.
Arsenal have done it! A quick move on the left side results in an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cutback that was put in by either Olivier Giroud or Seb Bassong. Probably Giroud. Arsenal are absolutely elated.
87' There will be a lot of controversy about that penalty decision, especially because players' shirts are tugged all the time and nothing is given.
I still think it was a penalty, though. Absolutely an illegal pull by Kamara. The thing is that the referee had a perfect view of the penalty and didn't do anything about it.
Mikel Arteta puts the penalty home and Arsenal are level again! Bunn actually got his hands to the ball, but he could only push the ball into the side of the net.
84' PENALTY ARSENAL.
The assistant referee gives a penalty after Olivier Giroud was brought down in the box. The linesman was very far away from the ball, and Norwich are protesting fiercely.
81' Arsenal substitution
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for Bacary Sagna. The Ox will play in midfield, and Ramsey will rotate to right back.
80 Oh dear me, Podolski almost broke the crossbar with a shot that somehow stayed out!
A ball into the box from Kieran Gibbs was chested down by Giroud, and Podolski's first-time volley from the left side nearly broke the speed of sound as it crashed against the bar.
Bunn reacted like he got a fingertip to the ball, which would have been a mighty accomplishment. Yet another marvelous chance for Arsenal that goes wasted.
78' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting ready to come on for Arsenal.
76' It hits a Norwich player, and Arsenal quickly take the goal-kick.
Another incredibly sloppy pass gives the ball right back to Norwich, and one has to wonder where the will to win is from this side. Just so poor today.
76' Norwich get a free-kick from a good central position, about 30 yards away from goal.Robert Snodgrass to take.
Arsenal would move into third place win a win. Not playing like they know it.— Michael Cummings (@MikeCummings37) April 13, 2013
73' Outstanding chance for Russell Martin after Norwich break off of an Arsenal attack, but he puts his shot right at Lukasz Fabianski. Could have killed the game off there.
The fact is Arsenal have played poorly and it's up to the opposition to break a team down. No-one can have any complaints.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) April 13, 2013
71' Ooh, excellent-looking chance for Lukas Podolski, who was taken by surprise after Olivier Giroud's flick of the head placed the ball at his feet. A heavy touch ensured the ball went out of play for a goal kick.
67' Pretty credible shouts for a penalty after Theo Walcott went down in the box go ignored by the referee, as Arsenal ratchet up the intensity of their game.
But they still cannot eradicate the sloppiness from their game, and the Canaries do not look like breaking.
65' Still very little doing for Arsenal, as Norwich park the bus with more aggressiveness than they have all game. That was the worst part of of conceding that first goal: Norwich have no incentive to attack, and can play the way they have wanted to all day.
63' Norwich substitution
David Fox for Bradley Johnson.
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