TALKING POINT How does Arsene Wenger mend his broken relationship with Arsenal fans? It was hard not to dwell on the surreal atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal played out a dire first half, failing to once test Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy. Welbeck’s introduction and impact after the break will be greeted as a
PLAYER RATINGS Arsenal: Cech 7; Bellerin 7, Mertesacker 6, Koscielny 6, Monreal 5; Elneny 7, Ramsey 6, Iwobi 7; Alexis 6, Giroud 6, Ozil 6. Subs: Gabriel 7, Coquelin 6, Welbeck 8. Norwich City: Ruddy 7; Pinto 6, Martin 7, Bassong 7, Olsson 7; Redmond 7, O’Neil 6, Howson 6, Brady 6, Hoolahan 6; Jerome
KEY STATS – Arsenal have failed to register a single shot on target in the first half five times in the Premier League this season. All five matches were at home. – No side has kept fewer clean sheets than Norwich City in the Premier League this season (five, level with Aston Villa).
KEY MOMENTS 6′ – CHANCE: Norwich are showing plenty of attacking intent early on and Olsson’s cross from the left flank runs all the way through to Redmond at the back post, who controls before hammering a shot that Cech blocks with his leg. 11′ – CHANCE: Another neat Arsenal move culminates with Ramsey feeding
Danny Welbeck came off the bench to score the winner as Arsenal secured a narrow victory against Norwich City overshadowed by supporter protests. Arsenal fans held up placards bearing the slogan ‘TIME FOR CHANGE’ in the 12th and 78th minutes at the Emirates Stadium to represent the club’s 12 years without a Premier League title,
CONFIRMED LINE UP CONFIRMED LINE UP for the Premier League encounter between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium. Check it out. TEAMS – Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Ramsey; Iwobi, Sanchez, Özil; Giroud. Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Cazorla, Walcott, Wilshere, Coquelin, Welbeck Norwich: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Howson, O’Neil, Brady;
TEAM NEWS Jack Wilshere came through unscathed in a short substitute’s appearance against Sunderland, and is likely to feature on the bench again. It’s a rare time for Arsenal as they have no serious injury concerns, and every player could be available for selection, with Tomas Rosicky and Oxlade-Chamberlain in contention. Norwich are without Alexander
HEAD TO HEAD Norwich’s last victory at Arsenal was on the opening day of the newly-formed Premier League in 1992. The Canaries fought back from 2-0 down with 21 minutes to go to win 4-2. The Canaries are winless in six subsequent league visits to Arsenal (D2, L4).