Saturday October 20, 2012 Day 8 Finished Carrow Road

  1. Premier League - Dire Arsenal suffer shock defeat at Norwich

    Premier League - Dire Arsenal suffer shock defeat at Norwich

    Grant Holt gave Norwich City a priceless 1-0 win over Arsenal at Carrow Road, the Canaries' first win of the season. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Arsenal
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • - Well what a result for Norwich, but a shocker of a performance for Arsenal. What did you make of that? This neutral is just glad it's over! Tell me on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 90+6 That's the whistle! Norwich shock Arsenal, who were dreadful by their standards. The Canaries are out of the bottom three after a first win this season, Arsenal 10 points off the top now.
    • 90+5 Free-kick to Arsenal just inside the Norwich half. Arteta will pump it in, no, short to Cazorla who hits it well over the bar.
    • 90+5 Something has been thrown on to the pitch, with the ref handing it to the fourth official.
    • 90+4 Gnabri with an embarassing shot into row Z, completely mis-kicking it after a good knock-down from Giroud.
    • 90+3 Morison clashes with Santos over a throw, the linesman getting between them. NORWICH SUB: Hoolahan off for Ryan Bennett, a centre-back.
    • 90+2 Arteta to take this corner - Morison heads clear. Now can Norwich break? Yes they can, Morison finding Snodgrass, who slips it wide to Hoolahan. The move loses momentum as Arsenal get back, but Norwich don't care - they'll look to wind it down in the corners.
    • 90+1 Giroud flies into Ruddy but no foul, Norwich able to clear in the end. Vermaelen with a cross, Hoolahan blocks and another corner.
    • 90' NORWICH SUB: Holt is replaced by Steve Morison. FIVE minutes added time as Arsenal ready the corner...
    • 89' Arshavin with a fine pass to release Gervinho who is in but Bassong flies in with a superb block! Corner.
    • 88' Tettey is getting treatment on the floor, possibly a head injury but I'm sure he'll be up and about in no time.
    • 87' Norwich have a free-kick on the right, which is nice for them. Now Johnson flicks the ball on to Holt, who could be in but opts to shift wide to hold possession. Tettey, meanwhile, is down hurt.
    • 86' Arteta has a dig from a long way out that Ruddy focuses on holding above anything, with Mertesacker following up.
    • 85' Bit of pushing at a Norwich free-kick and Arsenal can start again. This has been truly poor from the Gunners, against a weak Norwich side.
    • 84' The ball drops to Gnabry on the edge of the box, and he drags his shot well wide. Arsenal think it was deflected but the ref awards a goal kick.
    • 83' ARSENAL SUB: Gnabry comes on for Ramsey. Can the 17-year-old make a difference?
    • 82' Young German Gnabry is being warmed up for Arsenal as Vermaelen heads wide. So no Wilshere then.
    • 81' If Holt was anything more than a League One carthorse he'd have had a hat-trick by now. Meanwhile, Cazorla shoots from range, deflected and over.
    • 80' Norwich are hunkering down for the last 10 minutes as Arsenal prepare for an onslaught - but Vermaelen slips! Holt is in! But he's not much cop running at goal and he lofts a weak effort into Mannone's arms.
    • 79' NORWICH SUB: Snodgrass on for Bennett.
    • 78' Arshavin lofts a ball into the area but Norwich clear. Can he make the difference? And where's Wilshere?
    • 77' Pilkington with a great ball in as Johnson's run confuses Arsenal but, after a bit of pinball, the Gunners clear!
    • 76' Bennett and Hoolahan combine properly this time, and Vermaelen fouls Bennett as he plays a one-two with Martin. Free-kick Norwich on the right.
    • 75' Bennett sees some space in the Arsenal defence with Santos stranded upfield and he could make them pay here! But a poor decision by Hoolahan to suddenly cut inside when he was in space wide right and Arsenal survive.
    • 74' Oh dear - Oxlade-Chamberlain only lasted nine minutes and he has definitely tweaked something. Arshavin on. Yes, Arshavin!
    • 73' Jenkinson with a cross into the danger zone but Norwich clear - and Mertesacker slips and Holt could be in here but he hammers it well wide.
    • 72' Cazorla shoots - but easy for Ruddy, who reads it from the moment it's kicked.
    • 72' So the free-kick is a few yards from the edge of the D - possibly too far for a shot. We'll see what Cazorla, Arteta and Vermaelen think about that.
    • 71' Cazorla with a nice through-ball to Giroud, who turns off Turner, who hacks him down on the edge of the box. Booking.
    • 70' Cazorla is tackled a touch too easily by Johnson. Norwich look quite comfortable to be honest.
    • 69' Bassong goes on walkabout and concedes a throw deep in the Arsenal half.
    • 68' Gervinho almost combines with Giroud. It's looking more promising for Arsenal but still yet to really test Ruddy.
    • 67' Gervinho wins a corner on the left after running into Martin. The delivery is poor again and Norwich clear.
    • 66' The Ox's first run with the ball is checked by Pilkington, and is he injured there? Not sure if it was a knock or he pulled something. Deary me.
    • 65' ARSENAL SUB: Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for Podolski. Can he make the difference?
    • 64' Giroud flicks the ball towards goal but again straight at Ruddy. A more direct approach will surely yield results for the Gunners - at the moment they keep slowing it down, allowing Norwich to get into position.
    • 63' Gervinho heads weakly at Ruddy after a towering flick-on by Giroud. A rare attempt on target for Arsenal.
    • 62' Holt is booked for some backchat to the ref.
    • 61' Gervinho finds some space on the right but he runs straight into Martin and the hosts bring it clear.
    • 60' Johnson hammers a long-range drive over as the hour mark is brought up. Still no change for Arsenal.
    • 59' Great tackle by Jenkinson on Pilkington after Holt slid him through. Norwich still look more dangerous in the final third.
    • 58' Jenkinson gives away a free-kick in his enthusiasm to win the ball back off Hoolahan. As we mentioned earlier Wilshere is on the bench - but will Wenger risk him at this early stage of his comeback?
    • 57' Cazorla with a nice flick wide to Ramsey but his cross is dreadful and easy for Norwich to clear.
    • 56' Santos on the left gives it away with multiple options in and around the box.
    • 55' Looking at the replay that was a tight offside. Also, the crowd roared when he went through so maybe he didn't hear the whistle.
    • 54' Hoolahan has the ball in the back of the net but he was offside and played on - petty booking from the ref.
    • 53' Bit more pressure from Arsenal now as they look to hem the hosts back deep in their half.
    • 51' Giroud looks like a cow on ice as he telegraphs a bicycle kick well wide following a weak Ruddy punch. Good ball Jenkinson though.
    • 50' Santos just about does enough to put Holt off his header after Garrido drifts a fabulous cross far post.
    • 49' Tettey with a raking ball to Holt wide right but he can't get the cross away.
    • 48' Santos gives it to Martin as another Arsenal foray forward comes to a halt.
    • 47' Arsenal with possession as usual at the start of this half but still nothing particularly probing.
    • 46' No changes at half time as the second period gets underway.
    • - @incakolanews: "Dirge indeed. I think Mr. Wenger should consider signing that Robin Van Persie for his team, that'd spruce 'em up a bit".; @pirutman: "Hoping for a better second half. Imagine watching the game at 1 am!" FOLLOW @Reda_Eurosport ON TWITTER!
    • - Amusing possession stat - Arsenal have had 72% of the ball but have done next to nothing with it, with two shots on target, neither of which were much cop.
    • - What did you think of that dirge? What is wrong with Arsenal today? International week hangover? Have your say on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 45+2 Half-time and Norwich lead Arsenal 1-0 through that early goal by Grant Holt. Otherwise a fairly tepid match.
    • 45+1 Podolski with a run towards goal but his prodded through ball is cleared by Bassong. Down the other end Holt wins a corner off Arteta.
    • 45' Gervinho skins Martin but Turner is well placed to clear behind. Corner to Arsenal. Cazorla to take but Rudd rises to claim.
    • 44' Jenkinson with a low cross but Bassong clears. Now Pilkington races down the left but he is crowded out as Jenkinson gets back.
    • 43' Holt is accused of backing into his marker and Arsenal can launch another slightly neutered attack.
    • 42' Great tackle by Bennett after Gervinho almost threaded Cazorla through.
    • 41' Santos with a promising run before he runs straight into a defender. Arsenal have it back though with Gervinho on the right. Then Ramsey with a poor through-ball between Gervinho and Giroud, Ruddy gathering.
    • 40' Pilkington handles as he tries to get in down the left.
    • 39' Podolski drifts offside as he looks to get behind Norwich's high defensive line.
    • 38' Arteta swings one into the area, everyone misses it and it drops to Gervinho far post - who kicks air with his volley. Jeers ring loud.
    • 37' Cazorla wriggles away from Johnson, who gets hold of his shirt but play on. No advantage in the end so the ref pulls play back for a free-kick.
    • 36' Santos weaves in and out on the left but elects to pass back to Arteta instead of cross. Arsenal forced to build from the back in the end.
    • 35' Down the other end Ramsey and Gervinho combine but the net result is a goal kick.
    • 34' Pilkington drives the corner to the far post, where Turner arrives with a free header but he puts it wide! Should have scored; poor marking by Arsenal!
    • 33' Martin finds space on the right but his low cross is blocked by a covering Cazorla. Corner.
    • 32' Poor corner this time, easily cleared at the near post. Arsenal retain possession but Arteta's cross is over Giroud and easy for Ruddy.
    • 31' Cazorla to take the corner, which Vermaelen meets but his header is deflected over for another corner.
    • 30' Giroud wins a corner off Pilkington with a strong run down the right.
    • 29' Arsenal counter from that as Gervinho crosses low. Giroud can't get hold of it but Santos has the ball and the Gunners build from deep again. Gervinho once more has it, his shot is blocked into Giroud's pass but he's offside.
    • 28' Hoolahan on he left, he cuts inside and spins off Jenkinson, now Johnson on it but Podolski fouls him on the edge of the box. Norwich take it quickly and it all goes wrong. Wasteful.
    • 27' Jenkinson in space wide right but a poor cross into Ruddy's arms. After a good start Arsenal are somewhat pedestrian.
    • 26' Mannone should get to this through-ball ahead of Holt but he panics completely, backing off and allowing him to drag a low cross invitingly into the six-yard box! Luckily for Mannone, no-one is there and Arsenal clear.
    • 25' Arsenal come forward again as Cazorla spreads it nicely to Giroud, but his cross is too far from Podolski and too close to Ruddy.
    • 24' Santos is calm and collected as he brings down a high ball and plays it clear.
    • 23' Now Garrido gets in space wide left but Mertesacker heads his cross clear. Johnson fouls Cazorla, high, and a booking.
    • 22' Hoolahan crosses and Bennet nods it back for Martin, whose low shot is cleared by Mertesacker.
    • 21' Arsenal have a corner but Ruddy claims easily enough. How will this new tough Arsenal respond?
    • 21' Mertesacker is not the quickest but you can't blame him for being beaten to that by Holt - Mannone with the error. Remember, Szczesny and Fabianski both injured.
    • 20' GOAL NORWICH! GRANT HOLT! Mannone spills a low shot from Tettey and Holt gobbles it up. Error from the young keeper, third choice and it just showed.
    • 19' Drop ball given back to Norwich as Giroud walks off for some treatment to that crack on the jon.
    • 18' The ref pulls back play in the end because Giroud is down holding his head. There was nothing in that.
    • 17' Turner climbing all over Giroud but no free-kick.
    • 16' Ramsey almost sends Giroud though but his raking low ball is cut out by Turner.
    • 15' Arsenal seeing a lot of the ball but, apart from that early burst, not doing much with it.
    • 14' Martin with a flashing cross from the right but no-one makes contact. Pilkington picks it up but he crosses into Mannone's arms.
    • 13' Goal kick to Arsenal as a Pilkington run down the left comes to nothing.
    • 12' Cazorla with a crossfield pass aimed for Podolki but he overhits it to touch.
    • 11' Now Holt fouls Vermaelen and Arsenal have a free-kick.
    • 10' Vermaelen gets forward to slide a ball through to Giroud but Norwich clear. Now Holt turns Ramsey on the break, the Welshman cynically hauling him down and somehow avoiding a booking.
    • 9' Martin comes forward for Norwich down the right, finding Bennett on he overlap but he slips as he crosses and Arsenal clear.
    • 8' Arsenal are hogging the ball now, although they've not broached the final third since that Podolski effort.
    • 7' Jenkinson lofts it through to Gervinho but he is offside.
    • 5' Arsenal now into their rhythm of passing the ball short and quickly and retaining possession...
    • 4' Cazorla's corner is nodded clear and Arsenal have a throw on the left. Now some lovely one-touch play from Arsenal as Santos and Giroud combine before it's laid off for Podolski, who flashes a wicked low drive across Ruddy and inches wide of the far post.
    • 3' Ruddy with a poor clearance, low and straigh to Gervinho, who puts Podolski through but Martin nicks it off the German's toe! Corner!
    • 2' Good start by Norwich as Pilkington drills a low shot a yard wide.
    • 1' Vermaelen and Mannone get in a pickle but the Belgian manages to head clear.
    • 1' The first half is underway.
    • 17:29 @kuchcio: "Arsenal 4 Norwich 0 Hopefully we will get see Wilshere play few minutes" HAVE YOUR SAY ON TWITTER!
    • 17:28 Today's referee is Lee Probert. He has shown 15 yellows and zero reds in five Premier League games this season.
    • 17:27 Norwich have won just one of their last 12 Premier League games (W1 D4 L7); Arsenal have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League away games (W7 D4 L1); Norwich have averaged 15 attempts for every goal they has scored this season (excluding blocked shots), the least efficient conversion rate in the top flight.
    • 17:26 The Canaries have conceded the most goals from outside the box this season (5); Santi Cazorla has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the top 5 European leagues since Aug 2011 (9); Chris Hughton’s side have allowed their opponents the joint-most shots on target against them of Premier League teams this season (41).
    • 17:25 Some HEAD-TO-HEAD stats from Opta: There has been a total of 24 goals scored in the last five Premier League meetings between Norwich and Arsenal; Arsenal have won five and lost none of their last 11 games against Norwich in all competitions; The Gunners have won five and lost none of their last 12 trips to Carrow Road in all competitions.
    • 17:20 You can Tweet me with your predictions, comments and general pre-match chit-chat on @Reda_Eurosport. If you want. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 17:15 MATCH ODDS: Norwich 5/1, Arsenal 4/7, Draw 14/5
    • 17:10 Arsene Wenger: "In October the moment of truth starts for the team. The league establishes itself a little bit and the Champions League goes to decisive moments. Therefore of course, it's important to be decisive and convincing. The target is always the same [after an international break]. When they come back, we want to quickly focus on our own targets again and get the team back mentally on our next game."
    • 17:05 Arsenal are without defenders Laurent Koscielny (back), Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and Theo Walcott (chest). They join keeper Wojciech Szczesny (ankle), midfielders Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg) on the sidelines. Andre Santos makes his first Premier League start of the season at left-back.
    • 17:00 Michael Turner alongside Seb Bassong for the Canaries in the heart of the defence as Leon Barnett makes way. Anthony Pilkington also comes in for Jonny Howson. The former Leeds skipper is on the bench along with Robert Snodgrass who returned early from international duty with Scotland because of an ankle problem.
    • 16:55 TEAMS: Norwich: Ruddy, R Martin, Johnson, Bassong, Turner, Holt, Pilkington, Hoolahan, E Bennett, Garrido, Tettey. Subs: Rudd, Snodgrass, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Morison, R. Bennett. /// Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski. Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Coquelin, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Gnabry
    • 16:50 Jack Wilshere is on the bench for Arsenal. It's 517 days (just under 74 weeks) since he last played for Arsenal's first team.
    • 16:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League game between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road.
  • Summary

    • 89' Arshavin with a fine pass to release Gervinho who is in but Bassong flies in with a superb block! Corner.
    • 86' Arteta has a dig from a long way out that Ruddy focuses on holding above anything, with Mertesacker following up.
    • 80' Norwich are hunkering down for the last 10 minutes as Arsenal prepare for an onslaught - but Vermaelen slips! Holt is in! But he's not much cop running at goal and he lofts a weak effort into Mannone's arms.
    • 77' Pilkington with a great ball in as Johnson's run confuses Arsenal but, after a bit of pinball, the Gunners clear!
    • 63' Gervinho heads weakly at Ruddy after a towering flick-on by Giroud. A rare attempt on target for Arsenal.
    • 51' Giroud looks like a cow on ice as he telegraphs a bicycle kick well wide following a weak Ruddy punch. Good ball Jenkinson though.
    • 50' Santos just about does enough to put Holt off his header after Garrido drifts a fabulous cross far post.
    • 34' Pilkington drives the corner to the far post, where Turner arrives with a free header but he puts it wide! Should have scored; poor marking by Arsenal!
    • 26' Mannone should get to this through-ball ahead of Holt but he panics completely, backing off and allowing him to drag a low cross invitingly into the six-yard box! Luckily for Mannone, no-one is there and Arsenal clear.
    • 20' GOAL NORWICH! GRANT HOLT! Mannone spills a low shot from Tettey and Holt gobbles it up. Error from the young keeper, third choice and it just showed.
    • 4' Cazorla's corner is nodded clear and Arsenal have a throw on the left. Now some lovely one-touch play from Arsenal as Santos and Giroud combine before it's laid off for Podolski, who flashes a wicked low drive across Ruddy and inches wide of the far post.
    • 3' Ruddy with a poor clearance, low and straigh to Gervinho, who puts Podolski through but Martin nicks it off the German's toe! Corner!
    • 16:55 TEAMS: Norwich: Ruddy, R Martin, Johnson, Bassong, Turner, Holt, Pilkington, Hoolahan, E Bennett, Garrido, Tettey. Subs: Rudd, Snodgrass, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Morison, R. Bennett. /// Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski. Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Coquelin, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Gnabry
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  1. I have always tried to keep faith in Arsne Wenger

    From Paul, on Mon 22 Oct 16:48
  2. Should we have scored more goals than Norrritch - well,­ it would be Gi rude not to - just not Gi rude enough. ­ They deserved the win. As for Tottingham finishing­ above us - just check outside the back door to see if­ Hell has frozen over. That was our worst peformance­ behind us. fingeeez 'n' toze krossssed. Shalke­ next up. BRING IT ONNNNNN - keep the faith Gooners!!

    From ROGER, on Mon 22 Oct 12:53
  3. Maybe wenger need more time but we dot know how long is­ that more time !

    From Auby, on Sun 21 Oct 19:25
  4. Wow , 71.8 % ball possession and nothing to show for it­ !!

    From Fat Tony, on Sun 21 Oct 17:10
  5. Arsenal I stoped paying membership a year ago - I did­ the right thing. Fivers are my club now.

    From Gooner, on Sun 21 Oct 10:01
  6. Worst thing you can do with Wenger is...listen to him.­ ditto Gazidis. Weve been hearing the same excuses for­ nearly 8 years.They are spineless, talentless and, for­ 7 long years,trophyless. Someone asked earlier, what­ was the point of moving from Highbury? Maybe Wengers­ personal bank account might shed some light. ­ They're living on past glories, run the club like­ passionless accountants and there's no one there­ big or brave enough to change things.

    From freddie, on Sun 21 Oct 5:35
  7. Where are the Arsenal Fans

    From SOMEONELIKEYOU, on Sat 20 Oct 22:51
  8. by by Arsene

    From SOMEONELIKEYOU, on Sat 20 Oct 22:50
  9. Made my day to see Arsenal lose. Spurs are still ahead­ of ya and will stay ahead of ya.

    From cooksie, on Sat 20 Oct 21:21
  10. They want him out, then they want him to stay, then­ they want him out, then they want him to stay, then­ they want him out..............then they want him stay,­ then they want him out..... Make your bloody minds up­ you thick muppets.

    From no-one-is-no-one, on Sat 20 Oct 20:57
  11. arsenal fans are sofickle and 2 faced @ 129

    From john, on Sat 20 Oct 20:50
  12. Arsenal fans who want Wenger out really are a bunch of­ divs.

    From Peter, on Sat 20 Oct 20:07
  13. as long as gevinho and ramsey play for arsenal they­ dont win any thing i dont understand what wenger seen­ from gevinho ss alwayes play him

    From corlos, on Sat 20 Oct 19:56
  14. Wenger , You can play Ramsey and Georvinho all the tym­ yu want but they are not 90 mins+ players. Wenger never­ gets anything right. Norwich at the foot of the table­ doing a number on Arsenal? Unbelievable that once again­ Arsenal can't show any spine after conceding as­ early as 20th min.

    From Anyole kenya, on Sat 20 Oct 19:50
  15. If Arsenal were anything but Premier League carthorses,­ one of their strikers would have been able to score...

    From Cool it, on Sat 20 Oct 19:47
  16. Where are we going with Wenger? One minute its great­ next its dire

    From ajay s, on Sat 20 Oct 19:46
  17. Cough!!! RVP

    From Nathim, on Sat 20 Oct 19:43
  18. Fan Tas Tic Great teamwork Grant Holt, scores again­ and this time we win fantastic...

    From Robert, on Sat 20 Oct 19:41
  19. hahahahahahah Giroud? please it was funny when he said­ he snubbed Chelsea for arsenal hahahhha im glad u did­ xD CHELSEA FOR LIFE!

    From Kevin, on Sat 20 Oct 19:38
  20. Grant Holt cost me a few quid, today! Why did Forest­ sell him?! I really think Arsenal should consider­ issuing their strikers with sat-navs when they leave­ the capital; they can't find the net without them,­ on this showing.

    From Cool it, on Sat 20 Oct 19:38
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