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Arsenal v Norwich City

by Football Reporters 2011 - 2012

Arsenal 3-3 Norwich City

In what was another thrilling Premiership encounter that produced plenty of goals, Arsenal were denied the chance to consolidate their hold on third place with them being held to an exciting 3-3 draw with Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger will be ruing his team throwing away a precious three points in their penultimate game with the Gunners conceding a last minute Norwich equaliser that meant points were shared one a piece with the East Anglian team at the final whistle. Arsenal will now go into their final game with somewhat of a nervous disposition what with Arsene Wenger's men ahead of the chasing European pack only by a mere two points.

Today's game was a must win for the Gunners due to midweek results in the league putting pressure on them to get a victory what with their once previous comfortable hold of third position now looking not 100% certain. A vital away win for Newcastle against Chelsea on Wednesday narrowed the gap between third, fourth and fifth place to only a point and certainly threw a spanner into the works for Arsenal's European ambitions. With the added factor that fourth place may become redundant due to Chelsea's possible victory in the Champions League final this month, third position was now the coveted position to play for and no team would be happy to rely on claiming fourth.

Arsenal began the game well with their veteran loan midfielder Yossi Benayoun putting the Gunners 1-0 up early on. However Paul Lambert's Canaries fought back with an equailser from Wes Hoolahan and then went ahead thanks to top scorer Grant Holt, whose effort at goal made it 1-2 to the visitors. Then who else but Arsenal's star striker Robin Van Persie, showed his worth and came up with another sublime effort to make it 2-2. The recently named PFA player of the year appeared once again on the score sheet to make it 3-2 and add to his lengthy tally of goals this season. Arsenal looked set to go four points clear of European chasers Spurs and Newcastle and take all three points until Norwich's Steve Morison had other ideas and struck late on five minutes before full time to make it 3-3 and ruin Arsene Wenger's day.

Arsenal will now watch Spurs and Newcastle's next game with great interest with a win for either team putting them ahead of Arsenal and into third place. On Saturday 5th May 2012, WinkBall video reporters were at the Emirates for the game between Arsenal and Norwich and speaking to both sets of fans before and after the game.

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