Three goals conceded, three consecutive draws as Arsenal slip up again

Arsenal 3 Norwich 3

Benayoun 2, van Persie 72, 80; Hoolahan 12, Holt 27, Morison 85

In the end, the villain of the piece was Kyle Naughton – the defender on loan from Tottenham, of course – who had a hand in the final result. Literally, as his shove in the back on Robin van Persie in the dying moments of the game denied the striker a dramatic late winner. But the truth was Arsenal had no one to blame but themselves, as they were fortunate to finish with a point after a pulsating 3-3 draw with Norwich which featured shockingly amateurish defending from a side which hopes to play in the Champions League next season. Their fate is now out of their hands, however, as the weight of expectation passes to Tottenham tomorrow. It is a burden which proved too much for Arsenal here. Read more of this post


Van Persie spares blushes after it all goes Per-shaped for Mertesacker

Norwich 1 Arsenal 2

Morison 16; van Persie 26, 59

Midway through the second half, the PA announcer at Carrow Road declared a new all-seater record attendance of 26,801, in response to which the visitors’ travelling support immediately struck up a chorus of “You’ve only come to see the Arsenal”. And although their profligate finishing and a defensive lapse by Per Mertesacker ensured a tight finish, the Londoners’ sometimes scintillating build-up play and two clinical finishes by Robin van Persie – his 30th and 31st league goals of 2011 – were more than worth the price of admission as Arsenal racked up their fifth successive Premier League victory.

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