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West Ham United
5 May 2012
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 60092
Y. Benayoun 2'
R. van Persie 72', 80'
W. Hoolahan 12'
G. Holt 27'
S. Morison 85'
90' + 5'
And that's it! Ruddy's save from Gibbs is the last action of the match, and it's finished 3-3 here at the Emirates! A double from Van Persie seemed to have given his side a crucial win after Norwich led 2-1 at the break, but substitute Steve Morison made sure his side leave north London with a deserved point. A remarkable game of football here - thanks for joining us!
90' + 4'
Another save from Ruddy! Van Persie nods back the cross into the path of the Englishman, but the keeper makes a great block from point blank range!
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Aaron Wilbraham
90' + 1'
Huge shout for a penalty for Arsenal! Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross seems destined to reach Van Persie at the far post, but Naughton nudges him over from behind and it runs out for a goal kick. Then Song tries a brilliant back-heeled effort which is saved by Ruddy.
Chance for 4-3 - missed! Van Persie is through on Ruddy but he can only shoot straight at the keeper, and Chamakh heads the rebound wide. What a chance for a winner!
Assist Jonny Howson
Goal Steve Morison
GOAL!!! I don't believe it - it's 3-3! Howson turns Rosicky and lobs the ball over the defence to Morison, who fires first-time past Szczeny into the bottom corner!
Oh, what a chance for Norwich! Pilkington does well inside the box, his cross is cleared to the egde of the area but it's blasted over the bar.
Goal Robin van Persie
GOAL FOR ARSENAL!! Van Persie is inches away from meeting an Oxlade-Chamberlain cross. Gervinho picks the ball up and finds Rosicky, whose pass is deflected into the path of the Dutchman and he fires beneath Ruddy. Arsenal in front!
Norwich have steadied themselves a little since that goal,but they can't keep hold of the ball in the Arsenal half to relieve the pressure. Gibbs is the latest to find space in the Canaries box but his cross is claimed by Ruddy.
Chamakh gets his first chance as he heads over from Van Persie's corner. The crowd are right behind the Gunners now as Norwich look to cling on to a famous result.
Assist Alex Song
Goal Robin van Persie
GOAL!!! AND IT'S 2-2 HERE! Terrific defending from Norwich is undone as Alex Song floats a great ball over the top to Van Persie, who volleys home in style. We're in for a hell of a finish here...
Norwich make their first change of the afternoon, with Morison coming on for Jackson while Arsenal throw on Marouane Chamakh for Benayoun.
Arsenal are continuing to pile the pressure on Norwich. Benayoun slides the ball through to Van Persie, who fires right-footed for the top corner but he can't hit the target.
Another free-kick for Rosicky this time, but Norwich are able to scramble the ball clear. Arsenal make their second change of the match now, with Oxlade-Chamberlain entering the fray in place of Ramsey.
Yellow Card Wesley Hoolahan
Chances galore here! First Bennett comes within inches of meeting Naughton's cross following good work from Holt and Jackson, then Hoolahan misses from 12 yards after Holt flicks the ball over the top of the defence. At the other end, Van Persie's effort is saved and Ramsey misses the ball completely when unmarked in the centre of the box, with the whole goal to aim at!
Another refereeing decision goes against the visitors there, as Ramsey slides in clumsily on Naughton but escapes what should have been a second booking. Moments later, Benayoun has a great chance from Rosicky's free-kick but he heads straight at Ruddy.
What a chance for Norwich this time! Simeon Jackson leads the counter-attack and skips past Vermaelen all-too-easily, but his effort is a tame one and Szczeny claims comfortably. What an opening for the Canadian!
Great chance for Arsenal! Van Persie makes space inside the box and fires the ball right across the six-yard boxx, but there's no-one in a red shirt to meet it.
Jackson latches on to Holt's flick-on but Vermaelen is across to cover. Arsenal then force a throw from Gibbs' cross. Better from the hosts.
Norwich get the second half underway, looking to defend their narrow lead here...
45' + 3'
Yellow Card Thomas Vermaelen
45' + 3'
Chance for Holt at the death! Howson fires a cross towards the far post for the arriving Holt, but Koscielny makes a great challenge. That's the last play of the half, and it's 2-1 to Norwich at the interval, with Holt and Hoolahan striking for the visitors after Benayoun had given the hosts the lead inside 2 minutes. Paul Lambert will feel justifiably aggrieved at the penalty decisions which have gone against his team, but he'll be delighted at the way his side have played so far. Stay with us for the second half!
Chance for Van Persie! The Dutchman cuts into the box and fires goalwards from the byline but it's straight at Ruddy. Into stoppage time here at the Emirates.
Huge shout for a penalty for Norwich! A corner is cleared to Bennett, who swings the ball in to Russell Martin who is hauled down by Koscielny at the near post, but the referee gives nothing. Howson could've had a penalty a few minutes earlier following Coquelin's challenge. Big moment here.
Benayoun and Ramsey combine well, but the Israeli is muscled out of it by Bennett. Benayoun then has a lttle kick out at the Norwich defender, which goes unpunished. The birthday boy was a little lucky there.
Great chance for Norwich! Naughton's cross reaches Jackson at the near post, who flicks the ball goalwards but Vermaelen's touch takes it up and over the bar. At the other end, Gervinho battles past Naughton in the box and pulls back for Gibbs, who drags his shot wide of the far post.
More bad news for Arsenal as the excellent Sagna is stretchered off, after over-stretching for a ball. Seemed very innocuous, with no-one around the defender, but it could be a spell on the sidelines for Sagna. Coquelin is on in his stead.
Arsenal come within of inches of an equaliser as Sagna fires a wicked cross right across the six-yard box, but Van Persie couldn't stretch enough to make contact. Meawhile, Jackson has been cautioned for a late challenge on Koscielny.
Yellow Card Simeon Jackson
Assist Wesley Hoolahan
Goal Grant Holt
Assist Grant Holt
GOAL!!! AND IT'S 2-1 TO NORWICH!! The visitors clear a Sagna cross in their own half, and Hoolahan leads the counter-attack. He plays it through to Holt, who strikes from 20 yards, and the ball loops up off Gibbs and over the helpless Szczeny. What a story here!
The crowd has fallen very quiet here at the Emirates, as Norwich continue to frustrate the Gunners with some fine defending and possession play.
Aaron Ramsey is the first name in the referee's notebook after a late lunge on Howson. Bennett sends the free-kick long into the box, but Sagna defends well and Arsenal win a throw.
Yellow Card Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal have responded to that goal by upping the tempo a little, but despite forcing the first corner of the match, they've failed to find a way through a committed Norwich defence. Holt has looked threatening and is played through by Jackson, but the flag is raised for offisde.
That was a shocker from Szczeny, who really should have done better with Hoolahan's effort - it lacked pace, and was straight at the Gunners keeper. Moments before he had been caught in no-man's land from a Lappin cross, too - nervy signs for the Gunners, perhaps.
Goal Wesley Hoolahan
Assist Kyle Naughton
The Gunners might have enjoyed the perfect start but Norwich have responded well, putting plenty of pressure on the hosts' back four. Elliot Bennett lifts a free-kick into the box from 30 yards but Holt is offside as he nods back across goal.
What a chance for Holt! The big captain pulls down a long ball and plays it wide to Jackson. The ex-Gillingham man gets to the byline and pulls the ball across for Holt, who shoots unmarked at the far post only for Vermaelen to block his effort.
Good pressure from Norwich as Grant Holt battles to keep the ball alive in the Arsenal area. Bennett whips a cross in but the Gunners clear their lines.
Assist Tomas Rosicky
Goal Yossi Benayoun
AND IT'S 1-0! Would you believe it?! Barely 2 minutes on the clock, and the hosts are in front. Yossi Benayoun picks up the ball to the right of the penalty area. He shifts inside and bends a shot with his right foot right into the far corner. No chance for John Ruddy. What a start for Arsenal, and the birthday boy Rosicky!
And the hosts get us underway!
We may well see Jackson drop deeper to cover the left flank when the Canaries don't have possession, but there's no doubt there's a slightly more attacking mindset to Paul Lambert's side today than many would have expected. The players are out on the pitch now, so we're just moments away!
Arsenal make one change following last week's draw with Stoke, with Gervinho starting in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The visitors are clearly feeling confident despite their poor recent run, going with two up top from the start as Simeon Jackson partners captain Grant Holt, with Steve Morison dropping to the bench.
And for the visitors Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, R. Bennett, R Martin, Lappin; E. Bennett, Johnson, Howson, Hoolahan; Holt, Jackson. Subs: Steer, Morison, Surman, Pilkington, Fox, Wilbraham, Ward.
Team news for you now, starting with Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs; Song, Ramsey, Rosicky; Gervinho, Van Persie, Benayoun. Subs: Fabianski, Santos, Djourou, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Park, Chamakh.
Afternoon one and all and welcome to Goal.com UK's live coverage of Arsenal v Norwich City. Kick-off is around 10 minutes away here at the Emirates, as the Gunners look for three points to push them closer towards a top-three finish and celebrate Arsene Wenger's 900th game in charge.
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