Norwich City 1-1 Arsenal: The Match Report

Arsenal’s season of missed opportunities and endless injuries shows no sign at all of abating as the Gunners spurned another chance to go level at the top of the Premier League standings, being held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City at Carrow Road. To compound matters for Arsenal, the side suffered three fresh injuries, including one to the irreplaceable Alexis Sanchez, who will probably miss the entire Christmas and New Year programme with what looks like a hamstring strain.

Arsenal made two changes to the side that lost at West Bromwich Albion last weekend with Mathieu Flamini starting in place of the injured Francis Coquelin, while Aaron Ramsey made his first start in a month with Joel Campbell dropping to the bench. Norwich too made some surprise selections, the most noteworthy being Lewis Grabban being named as the lead striker with the player presumably putting his differences with Manager Alex Neil aside to earn his first start since the opening day of the season. Continue reading

Norwich City vs Arsenal: Team Sheets


Norwich City: Ruddy, Wisdom, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Dorrans, O’Neil, Brady, Hoolahan, Grabban

Subs: Martin, Mbokani, Jerome, Rudd, Mulumbu, Redmond, Odjidja-Ofoe

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Campbell, Reine-Adelaide

Wenger happy to welcome another returning star

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger provided the fans with a team update today with the news largely positive that the Gunners have no new injury concerns following their 3-0 triumph over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night, and the team are ready to welcome back another key player.

Hector Bellerin and Olivier Giroud were withdrawn from a precautionary perspective with the game won on Tuesday night, and Wenger did not allude to the duo suffering any hangover from that result. Continue reading

Wenger: “Ozil has got the taste for scoring now”

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been an absolute joy to watch this season with the 27 year old German finally showing why Arsene Wenger spent the big bucks to bring him over from Real Madrid a couple of seasons back.

Ozil’s improvement on the pitch has been quite exceptional with the player looking to get on the ball more, tracking back and winning the ball, and also no longer looking only to pass, but looking for goals himself, a considerable difference from the goal shy youngster who came to the Emirates from the Santiago Bernabeu. Continue reading

Wenger reserves special praise for ever improving Campbell

After his glaring miss in the 67th minute of the match against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, the knives appeared to be out for Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, who is obviously still coming to terms with what it takes to be a Gunner, but the young Costa Rican showed more than a few glimpses of the considerable potential that he does possess last night in the win against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

Campbell made a good start on the right wing, and showed his willingness to get to the byeline and even cross the ball with his weaker right foot, but it was his ability to spot a pass that really caught the eye as he picked out Alexis Sanchez’ running beautifully to set up Arsenal’s third goal and seal the win. Continue reading

Wenger hopes to have England internationals back for Athens trip

The game may still be a couple of weeks away, but for Arsenal fans the Gunners’ trip to Athens couldn’t come soon enough as Arsenal’s Champions League ambitions hang in the balance as some ideal results on matchday 5 made up for some disappointing outcomes on the previous matchday, giving the Gunners a decent chance of still making it to the last 16 stage of the competition.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger shared in his post match press conference, “What we wanted was to come out of this game with a chance to qualify and we needed to do the job and Bayern Munich needed to do the job and they did that well. It gives us a chance but how big the chance is I don’t know. I believe we can do it.” Continue reading

Wenger shares Giroud and Bellerin injuries

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger explained his decision to withdraw Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin from last night’s game against Dinamo Zagreb rather than Mesut Ozil (who was a booking away from missing matchday 6) and Alexis Sanchez (who desperately needs a rest).

Wenger shared that Olivier Giroud came into the match with a bit of an ankle problem which he picked up at the defeat against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, and with the game seemingly secure he thought it best that he protect the player for the upcoming trip to Norwich City this coming week. Continue reading

Wenger shares good news and bad news on Coq injury

Arsenal managed to deal with the absence of Francis Coquelin fairly well yesterday in their must win game against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, but Manager Arsene Wenger knows his squad depth will be tested to the fullest in the coming weeks after confirming the extent of the French midfielder’s injury in his post match press conference.

Wenger said, “It is what we feared basically. Let’s be realistic, it will be 12 weeks.” Continue reading