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May 11, 2014
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 26848
A. Ramsey 53'
C. Jenkinson 62'
Well, that's all from our LIVE coverage this afternoon, and this season!! Thanks for joining us for what has been an incredible year. Bring on the World Cup!
It was a professional display from Arsene Wenger's men, who did what was necessary to win the game. Norwich, meanwhile, have a job to do over the summer to ensure they come straight back up to the Premier League.
That's FULL TIME at Carrow Road and Arsenal have seen off Norwich with a comfortable 2-0 win. The Canaries will be in the Championship next season, while the Gunners will be brimming with anticipation over the FA Cup final next weekend.
90' + 2'
BENNETT!! Elliott Bennett almost catches the Gunners out as he cuts on to his right foot before drilling a low shot at goal which Fabianski does well to turn away.
Just two more minutes of Premier League football left for Norwich, then, as we enter stoppage time. They've looked bright late on, here, but it's too little, too late.
Norwich move into the Arsenal half as Snodgrass cuts inside before whipping an incredibly dangerous early ball in, but Olsson can't quite get on the end of it as it skips out for a goal kick.
SANOGO!! It's ANOTHER save by Ruddy as the substitute cuts on to his left foot inside the box, and his low effort deflects off Turner before the goalkeeper turns it away with a firm hand at full stretch.
Loza moves towards the Arsenal area but is forced to turn backwards before the ball is worked out to Snodgrass, who also cannot make inroads into the box.
We're slowly edging towards full time here, as Arsenal stroke the ball around and Norwich press reasonably high. This one's all but over.
Johnson whips an early ball in from the right and Loza looks to get on the end of it, but Sagna is again their to make the clearance. He has been imperious in the heart of Arsenal's defence today.
SNODGRASS!! Great chance for the hosts as the Scot races towards Hooper's ball through the middle, but Fabianski sprints off his line to close him down and the Norwich man can only win a corner.
ARTETA!! It's the Spaniard who takes the set piece and it deflects off the wall, almost wrong-footing Ruddy, but the goalkeeper does well to get his body in the way and stop it finding the back of the net.
Yellow CardRyan Bennett
Bennett is the first player in the book as he takes out Sanogo, with the striker looking to charge through on goal. Podolski is lining up the free kick, which is around 30 yards out...
There's plenty of noise still coming from the away end, while the Norwich supporters are seeing their side slip out of the Premier League with no real fight.
LOZA!! Fabianski has his first save to make as the substitute spins on the spot before driling an effort across goal, which the goalkeeper parries away well.
Ozil gets into space down the left and looks to fire a ball into the box. Diaby is there but it's too near Ruddy, who catches comfortably at the near post.
The Arsenal fans are delighted to see Diaby make a return and are chanting his name with some glee. It's very much a party atmosphere now as both sides look to see out the final quarter of an hour.
More changes for Arsenal, now, as Yaya Sanogo comes on with Abou Diaby, who is making his first appearance after a lengthy absence through injury. Giroud and Rosicky are the men to make way.
New ball, please! Bennett makes a clearance and manages to sky it way over the stand and out of Carrow Road. We've got a new ball and are back underway as the visitors take a throw inside the Norwich half.
Arsenal reassert their authority as they win the ball and start moving it around inside the Norwich half. They're in no rush, though, as it slows down to walking pace.
Norwich are enjoying a bit more possession now, and Redmond looks to find a man in the box but Sagna is at the near post to clear, before doing the same with Johnson's cross moments later.
Redmond steals the ball from Wilshere outside his own area and absolutely charges into the Arsenal half before slotting a pass through for Loza. The substitute can't quite get it under control, though, and Sagna gets in to shepherd the ball out of play.
It's a very poor set piece from the Canaries and Arsenal are the ones who end up on the attack, but Ozil's low cross from the left is hacked away and the hosts survive the danger this time.
Here's a chance for Norwich to make an impact on the game - it's a corner to the hosts...
JENKINSON!! He's got the taste for goals now!! The defender has plenty of space on the right and he moves into the box before drilling a low effort at goal, but Ruddy has it covered and diverts it away with his legs.
The visiting fans are in fine voice now. They're happy to see their side boost their morale ahead of next weekend's FA Cup final against Hull City.
It gets better for Arsenal as Jack Wilshere comes on for the final 30-odd minutes. England fans will also be pretty pleased to see him make a return to action.
JENKINSON MAKES IT TWO!! It's his first Arsenal goal!! Gibbs is well forward on the left and moves into the area before pulling back to Podolski. The Germany man scuffs his effort but it falls to Jenkinson, who pushes the ball just inside the near post. Game over.
Arsenal are once again in possession and they have the ball inside the Norwich half as Giroud wins a throw near the corner flag on the near touchline.
Jamar Loza is on for his Norwich debut as he and Garry Hooper replace Tettey and Elmander. Is that farewell to Norwich from the Swedish striker?
West Brom have just equalised against Stoke, which means Norwich will definitely be down regardless of the result here - something that was all but confirmed already anyway.
The hosts have a chance to create something of their own, now, as Turner cuts out a loose pass. There's been no real fight from the Canaries today - quite disappointing, really.
Wenger's men are in possession once more, and the Wembley chants ring out from the away end yet again. Arsenal have quite a swagger about them now.
Ruddy has been on top form this afternoon, but that was absolutely unstoppable. It looked like the Gunners would need something special, and boy did Ramsey produce it.
RAMSEY!! WHAT. A. GOAL!! It's a beautiful opener for Arsenal as Giroud moves into the box before dinking it across the area, and Ramsey shows perfect technique to slam a volley into the top corner. Absolutely stunning!!
Arsenal have carried on where they left off, and are slowly testing the Norwich defence. Gibbs pushes down the left flank but produces a heavy touch and it rolls out for a goal kick to the hosts.
PODOLSKI!! Another great chance for the visitors as the corner comes in and is flicked on at the near post, before Podolski attempts to divert a header at goal but can only put it over the bar.
Jenkinson latches on to a lovely pass by Ramsey and jinks his way into the box, but comes up against two defenders and has to make do with winning a corner.
Giroud lays a decent pass off for Ramsey but the midfielder's return ball is poor and Norwich break quickly. Redmond sprints into the other half but Jenkinson gets back really well to challenge the midfielder and win the ball for the visitors.
We've started the second half at walking pace, here, as Arsenal once again assert control of possession but take their time in moving things towards the Norwich half.
Howson charges forward and looks for Snodgrass with a floated diagonal ball, but Koscielny does well to cut it out before stealing it away from Elmander just as the Swede tries a spectacular volley at goal.
We're back underway at Carrow Road as Norwich kick things off for the second half.
Can Arsenal make their possession count for something? Or can Norwich assert themselves to take victory? Be sure to join us when we return for all the action in the second half.
Norwich have offered very little this afternoon, and their season seems to be going out with a bit of a whimper. West Brom are losing at home to Stoke but the Canaries need a ridiculous goal swing to stay up.
That's HALF TIME at Carrow Road and it's 0-0 at the break after a fairly uninspiring 45 minutes of football. Arsenal have dominated, but Norwich have Ruddy to thank for keeping things level with two superb saves from Giroud.
45' + 1'
Snodgrass finds a bit of space and looks to fire an effort at goal from 25 yards, but Elmander gets in the way and it hits the striker before rolling out for a goal kick.
Olsson advances down the left flank and is taken out by Arteta but the referee plays advantage. The hosts can't make use of it, but they're keepnig the ball well as we approach one minute of added time.
Jankinson gets forward well and exchanges passes with Giroud before swinging a cross in from the right-hand side, but again there's no-one there and Norwich are able to deal with it.
Gibbs looks for Giroud with a well-placed ball down the left, but Martin watches closely and slides in to cut it out and fire the ball into touch for a throw.
Arsenal are still completely in control of proceedings but - unsurprisingly - are in no desperate rush to try and take the lead. Wembley beckons and they just want to get through this afternoon without any problems.
GIROUD!! ANOTHER SAVE!! The striker receives it from Rosicky with his back to goal, and he turns quickly before drilling a 20-yard effort towards the top corner, and Ruddy produces another spectacular save to parry it away.
We're rapidly approaching half time and Arsenal are running out of time to move in front. It's still goalless as the visitors continue to dominate possession.
Gibbs v Snodgrass is proving to be an interesting battle today, and the defender wins out before the Norwich man chases down the ball and slides in late on Arteta. The Scot escapes a booking, though, and Arsenal get things going once more.
Elmander jogs towards Fabianski to close down the goalkeeper as he receives a pass backwards. The Swede has been pretty lonely up front this afternoon.
RAMSEY!! Ozil swings in the set piece and Giroud tries a spectacular bicycle kick but completely fluffs it. The visitors come back, though, and Ramsey charges towards the box before firing a low shot which Turner does superbly to block.
Here's a chance for Arsenal as Ozil wins a corner for the Gunneers, and there are plenty of bodies moving into the box...
Another Ramsey pass goes astray as the visitors surrender possession once more, but Norwich quickly give it away themselves as it goes out for a throw on the far side. This hasn't been a great advert for football so far.
Arsenal really should be in front - Ruddy has kept things level here. The visitors are continuing to probe, though, and you feel the next chance isn't that far away.
GIROUD!! WHAT A SAVE BY RUDDY!! That should be 1-0 as the stiker plays a one-two with Podolski before firing an effort towards the top corner, but Ruddy produces a stunning stop to palm it over the crossbar. Wonderful save!
We're half an hour in and Bennett does really well to cut out another loose Ramsey pass. For all their possession, Arsenal have lacked any sort of threat so far.
Norwich have managed to earn themselves a bit of respite as they win possession and move it along the back. Arsenal are pressing well, though, and Adams' men aren't finding it too easy. Martin does well to advance into the Arsenal half but Snodgrass then wastes the position as his cross is cleared.
PODOLSKI!! And there's the opening! Ramsey slides a pass through for Giroud, who skips past two men before playing in Podolski, who fires at goal from close range, forcing a fine save from Ruddy.
Rosicky tries to latch on to a loose ball but Olsson does well to snff out the danger before playing back to Ruddy. The hosts are holding out for now but it's a matter of time before Arsenal create a decent opening.
The visitors are bossing possession now, and are starting to up their efforts in search of a goal. They're keeping it well, though, and aren't in too much of a rush as it stands.
Rosicky comes forward once more and slides a pass through for Ramsey, who tries a one-touch return pass which isn't accurate enough and Ruddy gathers. The Welshman's passing has been a little off so far today.
The visitors are starting to turn the screw, here, but the quality in the final third has been lacking. Giroud wins it on the right-hand edge of the box, but his cross comes to no good as there's no-one in the penalty area to get on the end of it.
Rosicky turns things up a gear as he advances towards the area before laying off to Ozil. The German lays off to Podolski, who hammers a long-range effort a long way wide of goal.
Arsenal are enjoying more possession now, and they're keeping the ball well, although it's mostly inside their own half. Redmond's shot is the only real chance so far, and even that was a speculative one.
Quick update from elsewhere, and Newcastle have gone ahead at Anfield thanks to a Martin Skrtel own goal. You couldn't make this stuff up!
REDMOND!! Great save by Fabianski!! The winger drifts in from the left and drills a shot towards the near post from 25 yards, but the Arsenal goalkeeper does well to turn it behind for a corner.
The heavens have well and truly opened at Carrow Road as the rain belts down on to the players. That won't improve the quality of this one.
There a quite a few loose passes going around the midfield at the moment, as Ozil looks for Gibbs out wide but fires it way too far in front of the full-back and Norwich have a throw.
We're 15 minutes into the action at Carrow Road, and neither goalkeeper has been tested yet. Fabianski is making his first Premier League start of the season but hasn't been that busy so far.
The hosts are enjoying some good possession, here, but haven't been able to fashion a decent chance just yet. Olsson looks for Redmond with a long ball down the left flank, but it just drifts out of play for a throw to Arsenal.
Lovely, lovely play from Norwich as Tettey and Snodgrass exchange passes before setting Martin away down the right. He's got one man to aim for at the near post but his delivery is poor and Koscielny hacks it away.
Snodgrass does well to win the ball in midfield before keeping it out of Podolski's reach. He then lays back to Martin, who hoofs the ball forward aimlessly, and it goes out for a throw deep inside the Arsenal half.
It's been a pretty slow start to the game as Redmond is flagged offside - plenty of those so far. It's got a distinct end-of-season feel, this one.
PODOLSKI!! The visitors go close as Ramsey latches on to a loose pass in midfield. He finds Ozil through the middle, and the German finds his compatriot, who drills the ball across goal and wide of the far post, although the flag is up for offside.
Ramsey's been moving a little gingerly, but the Wales man shrugs it off as the visitors break from Norwich's corner, but his pass for Podolski is poorly aimed and the hosts get the ball back.
Redmond advances into the Arsenal half and the hosts have plenty of numbers forward. He spreads it wide to Snodgrass, who takes on Gibbs before forcing a corner off the defender.
Elmander is in behind but the flag is up straight away as the striker is caught offside. A huge ironic cheer goes up as the Swede puts the ball into the net - he's not done that too often...
Remember that stunning Wilshere goal in the reverse fixture? Wouldn't mind seeing something like that today. Ramsey tries to play Podolski through but Bennett cuts it out well.
Gibbs charges into the Norwich half and tries to slot a pass through for Giroud, but the striker is just offside and the flag goes up. Ruddy hammers it into the other half but Elmander can't get on the end of it and Fabianski collects.
The Arsenal fans are already singing about Wembley. The players, meanwhile, string a few passes together as Ruddy fires a clearance straight to Gibbs.
And we're underway for the final time this season as Arsenal get things going for the first half.
The players are out and we're just a few minutes away from kick-off. Who will come out on top at Carrow Road? Stick with us to find out.
It's all about the FA Cup for Arsenal, of course. Can they end the trophy drought? Their minds will be on Wembley today so the hosts might fancy their chances this afternoon.
Norwich, meanwhile, have struggled in front of goal, and have the worst scoring record in the league with just 28 goals. They've drawn a blank in 16 games this term, and it's that form that will see them return to the Championship.
Arsenal have already made a bigger points haul than the previous five seasons, having amassed 76, and have finished in the top four for the 18th consecutive season. Their away form hasn't helped, though, as six of their seven defeats have come away from the Emirates.
There's good news for Arsenal and England fans as Jack Wilshere returns to the bench for Arsene Wenger's side. There are four changes for the visitors as Tomas Rosicky, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson and Lukasz Fabianski all come into the XI this afternoon.
Neil Adams gives a start to Nathan Redmond, who comes in in place of Steven Whittaker as Martin Olsson moves back into the defence. Johan Elmander is preferred up front, while John Ruddy will be hoping to turn out a good performance as Roy Hodgson edges closer to his World Cup squad announcement.
Arsenal subs: Szczesny, Monreal, Wilshere, Kallstrom, Flamini, Diaby, Sanogo.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Rosicky, Ozil, Podolski; Giroud.
Norwich subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Fer, Hooper, E Bennett, Loza, Josh Murphy.
Norwich City (4-1-4-1): Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Turner, Olsson; Tettey; Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Redmond; Elmander.
The teams have been announced so let's bring you today's line-ups, starting with the the hosts...
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Norwich and Arsenal. It's the final day of the season and the Canaries will be hoping to say farewell to the top flight with a win today, while the Gunners are looking ahead to the FA Cup final.
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