The scoreline flatters Arsenal a little bit, but if we played the whole game like we did in the last ten minutes, we could have hit ten.
Arsenal started the match with good news as Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, and Bacary Sagna were all selected to play. It surprised me a bit that Wenger had chosen of all of them to start as Sagna was only 80% fit yesterday and Cazorla hadn’t received any game time since the NDL. Aaron Ramsey ended up starting from the bench as he received a much needed rest.
Arsenal started the match well and on 18 minutes they got their reward. Jack Wilshere started with the ball in his own half before passing it to Cazorla who passed it back to Wilshere who flicked it up to Giroud who re-flicked it back to Wilshere who calmly slotted it into the back of the net. It is really a goal that you need to watch to fully grasp and understand it’s sheer brilliance. Wilshere is on a roll now having scored two goals in two matches in the Premier League. It was his first league goal at the Emirates and hopefully this little run he’s having isn’t going to end anytime soon.
To be honest, Arsenal played poorly for the rest of the half, especially once Flamini had to come off. Norwich had so much more possession and Arsenal just waited around without really having a go at winning the ball back. The half time whistle came at a good time as the players seemed to be experiencing some fatigue. The second half didn’t start that much better for Arsenal and we struggled to get a tempo going. Norwich looked the more dangerous of the two sides but they never really tested Szczesny too much.
The second goal came at a perfect time for us as Norwich were starting to get a foot hold on the game. Giroud’s wonderful cross found Ozil’s head as he steered home a very nice header into the back of the net. It was a striker’s goal scored by our record signing, who actually played as a striker for Germany against Ireland last week. Norwich were not done yet and found a lifeline in the 70th minute when Howson’s volley found it’s way past Szczesny. It made for a more composed finish to the game by Arsenal.
Bendtner came on for Giroud to try and wrap up the three points for us. He received an ironic cheer with his first touch from the supporters, but he did do okay in his time. Ramsey won us the game in the 83rd minute when his Messi like movements faked out at least 27 Norwich players before finishing with aplomb. Aaron Ramsey has to be the biggest surprise of the season after Ronaldhino’s teeth correction. He is a totally different player now and I am so thrilled for us to have him on a long term contract. Gareth Bale will be hoping to become the next Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal scored their fourth when Rosicky’s cross found Ramsey who delightfully steered it back to Ozil. He couldn’t miss and got his second goal of the game. Unfortunately, there was no time for a hat trick but he will be able to try again on Tuesday when Arsenal entertain Dortmund at the Emirates.
On Arsenal.com’s post match interview with Arsene Wenger, he was full of praise for the side:
on the first goal…
It was certainly one of the best [Arsenal] goals, one that I enjoyed the most as well because it was a team goal. It had combinations and the speed which you always like your team to play with, unfortunately it doesn’t happen always. This one was a mixture of technical quality, speedy thinking, quick reaction and as well being calm in front of goal. It had nearly everything you want to have, combined speed and calm and relaxed attitude. It was a great goal. I think we have scored some good goals this season already. All the goals were great, but the first was exceptional because it was improvised, combination play.
on the game…
We won 4-1 and their keeper had a good game. But I think as well that Norwich played well, so it is strange. They made it difficult for us. We had a difficult period between 30 and 60 minutes where we struggled a little bit to keep our game going. I would come out of the game thinking Norwich is a good team.
That just about concludes it from me. Not much else to say besides WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE STILL!