Norwich City vs. Arsenal: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on May 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The season's end has brought underachievement and disappointment to both Norwich and Arsenal, and each team will be hoping to conclude their campaigns with a final-day victory.

Though not mathematically confirmed, Norwich will be playing their football back in the Championship next season after gaining just one point from a possible 18 from their last six matches, per Squawka.

Arsenal were the front-runners at the top of the table for much of the season but have once again performed their now customary collapse.

Arsene Wenger still has the hope of lifting the FA Cup and breaking his club's trophy curse, but the title was a real possibility this season for the Gunners after their great early form and the capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

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Here is how you can catch the action this weekend:

When: Sunday, May 11, at 3:00 p.m. BST/10:00 a.m. ET

Where: Emirates Stadium, London, U.K.

TV: MSNBC (U.S. only)

Live Stream: NBC Sports (U.S. only)

Key Storylines

Arsene Wenger's Premier League Failure

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Being an Arsenal fan must have been difficult for the last decade, not because of the lack of physical trophies but for having to believe in a flawed philosophy that pays no dividends.

Arsene Wenger has spent a generation playing an attractive brand of football in the Premier League but, since his Invincibles team from 2003-04, who spent a whole league season unbeaten, his side has misfired and underperformed on a startlingly regular basis.

Sympathetic observers may point towards Arsenal's horrendous injury list this season that robbed them of their two most prolific talents: Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey.

However, Wenger's inability to bring in a top-class striker and add a physical element to his side has permanently hamstrung his football team.

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Arsenal currently sit in fourth place with Champions League football guaranteed for next year, per BBC Sport, but this must be deemed as a shortcoming, considering how good the North London side were before Christmas.

When reviewing the club's statistics, via Squawka, it is clear to see how it all went wrong.

Arsenal only failed to collect maximum points in three of their first 14 league matches this year. Compare this to the second half of the season, and they have only won six games from their last 13 Premier League outings.

It is typical Arsenal, and this form repeats itself far too often.

Some will say that Wenger has hit expectations on the nose with getting the team into the top four, but with a football club where ticket prices remain some of the highest in world football, you would expect more if you are one of those supporters paying to watch this team. 

Norwich Managerial Mishap

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It is not unusual for a team flirting with the bottom half of the Premier League table to sack their manager and look elsewhere for inspiration. 

But at Norwich, the dismissal of Chris Hughton from the outside, looking in, seemed bizarre. Yes the team were struggling, but Hughton had led the side to mid-table respectability only last year and had shown his value as a coach.

Norwich replaced him with a caretaker boss, Neil Adams, previously from the club's academy, and the team have sunk like a ship.

John Percy of The Telegraph was clear in his own assessment of Norwich's decision making. He wrote:

When Norwich reflect on their season after Sunday's final game, at home to Arsenal, they may question the timing of the sacking of Hughton. McNally insisted that he had no option but to dismiss him in April, with results appalling and showing no signs of improvement.

The decision smacked of panic at a club normally renowned for stability and it should have been taken earlier, if at all.

Norwich have fallen foul of the same gamble that many before them have committed. When you place your bets on another horse, simply on a whim, there is always a danger that it will fall at the first fence.

The club had a strong manager in Hughton, and though he remains one of the less fashionable coaches in England, his track record has been solid and consistent.

The Canaries will now have to do their time in the lower divisions once more and hope they can overcome the strong collective of clubs in the Championship, all vying for a taste of the Premier League's riches. 


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