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Norwich City 0-2 Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey shoots

Norwich City's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed as a stunning Aaron Ramsey strike spurred fourth-placed Arsenal to victory.

The Canaries were all but down before kick-off, and Ramsey's volley on the angle and Carl Jenkinson's opportunistic strike sealed their fate.

Earlier, Norwich keeper John Ruddy had to be alert to keep out Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

Gunners keeper Lukasz Fabianski denied Jamar Loza and Robert Snodgrass.

It was a sombre finish to a disastrous season for Norwich, who could only have survived if they had won and West Brom had lost to Stoke, coupled with a highly improbable 17-goal swing.

Norwich manager Neil Adams

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Whether Neil Adams starts next season's Championship campaign in charge is yet to be seen, after the former youth coach had the unenviable task of trying to keep City up following Chris Hughton's sacking with five games left.

Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the £8.5m signing whose only goal this season came on the opening day, was conspicuous by his absence from the squad.

There was good news for England fans the day before Roy Hodgson names his World Cup squad as Arsenal's Jack Wilshere returned after a foot injury for the final 30 minutes, while knee injury victim Abou Diaby also came on for the Gunners in his first game in 14 months.

But it was Ramsey, also returning from injury, who shone for the visitors, rifling in a superb volley from Giroud's delicate chip to the back post.

It was the Welshman's 17th goal of an injury-disrupted season, and fans will wonder if Arsenal's title challenge, which looked promising until February, would have flourished had he not missed so much football.

Arsenal went into the game with a Champions League spot already secured and with the prospect of a first trophy for nine years still to come in next week's FA Cup final, and a strong Gunners side rarely had to rise above second gear at Carrow Road.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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After Ramsey's opener, Jenkinson grabbed his first Arsenal goal, pouncing on Podolski's deflected shot from Kieran Gibbs's cross.

Norwich never wilted, and debutant Loza stung Fabianski's fingers while the Polish keeper had to be quick off his line to close down Snodgrass.

But City face a summer of upheaval if they are to mount a challenge to make an immediate return to the top flight.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "Unfortunately it's the first time in the Premier League that you finish fourth with 79 points and it was very tight.

"We can be frustrated. We have won 11 games away from home, I think it's the best in the league and it was our 17th clean sheet - that is remarkable as well.

"We just wanted to finish the season well and we did it in a serious way, so it is a good basis to prepare for the FA Cup final."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Man City3827566586
2Liverpool3826665184
3Chelsea3825764482
4Arsenal3824772779
5Everton3821982272
6Tottenham3821611469
7Man Utd38197122164
8Southampton38151112856
9Stoke38131114-750
10Newcastle3815419-1649
11Crystal Palace3813619-1545
12Swansea3811918042
13West Ham3811720-1140
14Sunderland3810820-1938
15Aston Villa3810820-2238
16Hull3810721-1537
17West Brom3871516-1636
18Norwich388921-3433
19Fulham389524-4532
20Cardiff387922-4230
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