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A Van Persie Double Enough To Beat Norwich

by on November 19, 2011

A Van Persie brace was enough for Arsenal to get their fifth successive victory in the Premiership. The North London side took on newly promoted Norwich at Carrow Road, knowing it was going to be a tough match. Germany international Per Mertersacker came in for the injured Carl Jenkinson, which meant Lauren Koscielny moved to right-back.

In the opening moments of the first-half Brazilian left-back Andre Santos burst forward in to the Norwich half and saw Van Persie making an early run. His pass found the Dutchman who’ turned but his effort just went narrowly past the Norwich post. The North London side were fully in control of the match from early on, having the majority of the possession but couldn’t find a goal yet.

Gervinho worked his way in to the Norwich box, passed to England international Theo Walcott who cut across to make room to strike the ball. And his shot curled past John Ruddy in the Norwich goal but Russell Martin cleared off the line to stop Walcott from scoring.
Minutes later Norwich scored after a mistake from Per Mertsacker who allowed Steve Morison to get past him and finished past Szczesny. Arsène Wenger thought Mertersacker was fouled by Morison but it looked like he just out muscled the German defender.

Van Persie’s through ball found Gervinho who was clean through on goal but his shot got past Ruddy but Martin was their again to clear the ball of the line for a third time in the first-half. Theo Walcott used his pace to knock the ball past Tierney and got in to the Norwich box, put a delivery in to the six-yard box for Van Persie to tap in to the Norwich goal. Gervinho tried to flick Walcott’s cross but missed it but Van Persie was in the right place to score.

In the second-half Walcott again put in a perfect cross which Ramsey manage to connect with but his effort could only hit the side netting. The move started from a long ball down field from Vermaelen, it was nearly a great Arsenal move. Van Persie magically found Gervinho’s run but the Ivory Coast forward tried to take it past Ruddy and his shot was blocked by Ruddy.

Arsenal did take the lead on the 59th minute through their talisman Robin Van Persie, after Martin lost out to Ramsey, which Alex Song collected the lose ball and found Van Persie. Which the Dutchman finished well to put Arsenal in to the lead for the first time of the match. Yossi Benayoun came on for Gervinho on the 77th minute to help see the game out for the gunners.

With minutes to go from the final whistle Theo Walcott tried from a tight angle and his effort hit the cross bar. Just after Walcott was subbed for Johan Djourou for the final three minutes of the match. Arsenal had to work hard for this victory , Norwich were no pushovers but Arsenal could have finished the match off earlier if their finishing was better today.

Arsenal Team – Szczesny, Koscielny, Mertersacker, Vermaelen, Santos, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott (Djourou 90), Gervinho (Benayoun 77), Van Persie (C)

Subs not used – Fabianski, Arshavin, Coquelin, Rosicky, Chamakh

Norwich Team – Ruddy, Martin, Barnet, Tierney, Naughton, Crofts, Johnson, Hoolahan (Holt 69), Fox (Bennett 46), Pilkington (Jackson 82), Morison

Subs not used – Rudd, Drury, Surman, Wilbraham

Goal Scorers – Norwich – Morison (16) Arsenal – (Van Persie 27 & 59)

The gunners next game is against Germany champions Borussia Dortmund  in the Champions League. Expect it to be a tough game for Arsenal with the likes of Mario Gotze playing for Dortmund.


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  2. Yahya bichi permalink

    Well play van persie, forward ever

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