Norwich City vs. Arsenal: Live Player Ratings

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterMay 10, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal is tackled by Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Barring a miraculous 17-goal-differential turnaround, Norwich City are likely playing their last Premier League match in the top flight at Carrow Road this year. 

The Canaries need to both beat Arsenal and have West Brom lose to Stoke all while making up for those 17 goals that stand between Norwich and West Brom in the goal-differential category. 

In short, down go Norwich. 

On the other hand, Arsenal are entering Championship Sunday in a rare spot of not needing any sort of results to go their way, already having clinched a fourth-place spot and Champions League football next year.

Wednesday’s matches left the #BPL table looking like this ahead of Sunday’s #BPLfinale pic.twitter.com/OWj4bwu8C3

— Premier League (@premierleague) May 8, 2014

The Gunners will likely use the occasion to rest a few of their worn-down regulars for the all-important FA Cup final next Saturday while hoping to keep momentum on their side heading to Wembley. 

Norwich will simply be hoping to give the home fans something to cheer about in their Premier League swan song.

The match kicks off at 3 p.m. BST (10 p.m. ET).

Keep it here for live player ratings and analysis at half-time and full-time.

Norwich:

PlayerPositionH/T Rating

F/T Rating

RuddyGK8
MartinRB 6 6
BennettCB 6 5
TurnerCB 7 5
OlssonLB 6 5
TetteyMF 7 6
SnodgrassMF 7 5
HowsonMF 6 6
JohnsonMF 7 5
Redmond

MF

 6 6
Elmander

F

 5 5

Half-time analysis: 

Ruddy: Easily Norwich's best player—kept Arsenal scoreless with several fine stops. 

Martin: Beaten a few times on the right, not been able to push up much. 

Bennett: Not incredibly troubled in the back. 

Turner: Made a few clearances to thwart Arsenal's attack. 

Olsson: Didn't have to do much with most of Arsenal's attacks going through the middle. 

Tettey: Helped the Canaries control possession early. 

Snodgrass: Was lively in attack. 

Howson: Bullied some by Arsenal's midfield late. 

Johnson: Held his own for the most part. 

Redmond: Needs to get more involved in attack. 

Elmander: Somewhat anonymous as Norwich struggled to give him any service. 

Arsenal: 

PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
FabianskiGK 7 7
JenkinsonRB 5 8
SagnaCB 7 7
KoscielnyCB 8 8
GibbsLB 7 6
ArtetaMF 6 6
RosickyMF 7 6
RamseyMF 7 9
OzilMF 7 7
PodolskiMF8 7
GiroudF 6 6

Fabianski: Hardly troubled in the Pole's likely final Premier League match with Arsenal. 

Jenkinson: Struggled, as he has most of the season. 

Sagna: Assured performance playing out of position. 

Koscielny: Thwarted nearly every Norwich attack. 

Gibbs: Active in attack coming off of injury. 

Arteta: Smart on the ball, but mostly off the pace. 

Ramsey: Typical Ramsey-esque performance bossing the middle of the park. 

Rosicky: Found some holes in Norwich's defence. 

Ozil: Not able to fully assert himself, but had some decent moments. 

Podolski: Very active—even made a tackle on defence! 

Giroud: Did well to create space, but should have put Arsenal ahead.