October 20, 2012 by backofthenetjl
Battling Canaries dig deep to clinch a memorable victory over the Gunners
Grant Holt took centre stage as Norwich ran out 1-0 winners over Arsenal at Carrow Road. Holt scored the solitary goal of the game in the 19th minute, which earnt Chris Hughton’s men their first win of the season.
Arsenal got a grip of the game early and were quickly moving the ball around fluently. It was the visitors who created the first real opportunity on goal, when Ramsey and Arteta combined and Podolski collected the ball and flashed an effort across goal, which was only inches away from goal.
It was only until the 19th minute when the game really came alive, Tettey drove a shot from distance and Mannone could only parry into the path of the onrushing Grant Holt who slotted in the rebound. Arsenal almost made an instant reply through Giroud, Cazorla delivered a corner to the front post and the Frenchmen glanced a header towards goal, Ruddy held well though. Norwich were presented with a glorious chance to extend their lead and it fell to defender Michael Turner, who get on the end of a Wes Hoolahan corner but could only direct his header wide of the post.
HT Norwich 1-0 Arsenal
Arsenal improved in the early stages of the second half, though Norwich continued to pressurise them when in possession, particularly closing down the danger man Cazorla and doing their very best to reduce the impact the Spaniard had on the game. There were very few chances in this contest, but when Arsenal created them, they failed to trouble Ruddy, an example of this being Cazorla’s free-kick from distance which was easily gobbled up by the Norwich shot-stopper.
Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain had been sent on by Arsene Wenger in an attempt to get something out of the game, but the substitution backfired as Chamberlain only lasted 9 minutes after pulling up with an injury. With 10 minutes remaining in the match, Norwich had a chance to seal the victory, Thomas Vermaelen was robbed of posession by Grant Holt, who raced towards goal before trying to chip Mannone from just inside the box, when hard and low seemed the better option.
The Gunners were applying all sorts of pressure, but at this stage nothing was paying off for them. Mikel Arteta tried his luck from long-range, but his effort was comfortably saved by John Ruddy. The away side pushed for an equaliser late on, but Norwich dug deep and held on for their first premier league victory this season.
FT Norwich 1-0 Arsenal
Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, E Bennett (Snodgrass), Johnson, Hoolahan(R Bennett), Pilkington, Holt (Morison).
Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Gervinho, Arteta, Cazorla, Ramsey (Gnabry), Podolski (Oxlade- Chamberlain*), Giroud.
*Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced by Arshavin after only lasting 9 minutes on the field.