Summary: Arsenal rose up to third in the Premier League table after scoring three goals in the last five minutes to overcome Norwich at the Emirates Stadium.
Michael Turner gave the Canaries a shock lead just before the hour when he rose highest to head in Robert Snodgrass’ free kick from the right. And just as the visitors looked set to record a famous victory Mikel Arteta levelled from the penalty spot with five minutes to go after Kei Kamara tugged on Oliver Giroud’s shirt in the box with the Frenchman completing the turnaround soon after.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain darted down the left wing and fizzed in a low cross that Giroud stabbed home before Lukas Podolski rifled home from 20-yards to put the gloss on a scoreline that flattered the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger post-match…“I thought we wouldn’t give in, and fight until the end. We have great attitude, spirit and desire and it got us there. We deserved to win but we were against a strong side and needed something special.”
Chris Hughton post-match…“A decision has gone against us that a linesman has given from 45 to 50 yards away and the referee is less than 10 yards away. For a linesman to give it from that distance, and the third goal was offside and it was 10 yards away from him, it’s almost criminal on a day that we deserved so much more.”
Good day for?…Theo Walcott: His introduction from the bench on the hour mark swung the game in Arsenal’s favour as his directness going forward gave the Gunners extra purpose in attack and put Norwich on the back foot.
Bad day for?…Jack Wilshere: It wasn’t the best of comebacks for Arsenal’s star midfielder. Wilshere looked rusty in every aspect of his play and struggled to impose himself on the game before being subbed on the hour mark.