Norwich review – Two points clear at the top

If, after a game, Arsene Wenger describes one of your goals as ‘one of the best he has ever seen’, you know it’s been a good day. And, as good days go, yesterday was certainly up there with the best of them as we smashed four past a good, but albeit struggling Norwich side, with goals of the highest order from Jack Wilshere, and the man of the moment, Aaron Ramsey.

The line-up provided a few surprises, with Ramsey initially left out for the returning Mikel Arteta, and Santi Cazorla, who has just returned from injury, also started. Furthermore, despite his poor game against the Baggies in out last outing (Bar his goal), Wilshere started out on the right once more as Ozil continued down the middle. However, if you thought you were in from another poor showing from the local lad, boy were you wrong.       

Given a licence to roam from the right side, he enjoyed some good passing exchanges during the opening minutes, before producing what some people are already calling the goal of the season.  After robbing Norwich of the ball in our own final third, he jinked past one, set the ball off to Gibbs and ran. What followed was simply fantastic, and simply Arsenal; Wilshere to Gibbs, to Cazorla, to Wilshere, back to Cazorla who gets it back to Wilshere, one-two with Giroud, back of the net. It really was as good a goal as you will see this season, and it provided a man who has been overshadowed by a certain Welshman this season, with something to smile about, and the first time in which he has scored in consecutive games for us.

This set us on our way, and despite having to wait until nearly the hour mark and sustain some serious Norwich pressure, we eventually doubled our lead, and another great goal. As we soaked up some building canaries pressure, we broke away with speed and precision, with Giroud supplying Ozil with a delightful flick, allowing him to power a head past John Ruddy before he could even move. 2-0 and half an hour to go, game over surely? Unfortunately, it was not.

Just fifth teen minutes later, after some sloppy defending form Mertersacker, Johnny Howson got a goal back for Norwich and a good one too. Maybe Gibbs should have gotten tighter to him and got a block in, but you can’t take anything away from the finish. This surely set up a nervous last twenty minutes right? Wrong again.

With ten minutes to go, our own Welsh wizard (who was introduced after an injury to Flamini), came up with yet another goal and his best of the season so far. Just inside the Norwich box, he received a pass from Wilshere, before dummying the ball past two, shifting past another and firing the ball past a helpless John Ruddy. His ninth of the season and the kind of play that got him the Premiership player of the month for September, 3 goals, 3 points and game over surely? Once again, the answer is a no.

With the game won and just three minutes left, we were still going hammer and nail to try and get a fourth, and that is exactly what we did. After a good ball from Rosicky, Ramsey played a brilliant cutback to allow Ozil to slot home with ease.  Now that is, well and truly, game over.

Four goals, three points, top of the league and a mouth-watering game against Dortmund on Tuesday; Life is good in red once more.

 

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