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Summary

  1. Welbeck drives in from Giroud knockdown
  2. Arsenal eight points above fifth-placed West Ham
  3. Norwich drop to 19th place

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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History to be made tomorrow?

That is everything for this live text on a day Arsenal just about did enough, although the mood at the club remains divided.

Just a reminder that our live text on Sunday starts at 10:00 BST. It won't be Arsenal winning the title. But it may well be Leicester that do so. Yes. Leicester.

It could be an amazing day in the Premier League so make sure you don't miss it. Thank you for all the comments. Bye for now.

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A few things to point you towards before we close this page.

Read Aimee Lewis's match report here and we will have our Match of the Day Social page live on the BBC Sport website at 22:20 BST, with full pundit, manager and player reaction to all of tonight's games.

'I want to make the fans happy'

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich

Some more quotes from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, this time on the dissatisfaction among some Gunners fans.

“We were warned about the protesters," says Wenger. "You want to make the fans happy. I'm sorry if I don't achieve it. I'm irritated and frustrated if I cannot keep people happy. I have respect for the club and gave so much for the club - I want to make people happy.

“We have Man City now. We have to give a special game next Sunday.

“Our job is to do the best. This season we hoped we could win the league - it didn’t happen and that's why people are frustrated. I can share that frustration. The aim is to come back and do what is needed to do it next year. The last three years the club has moved forward.”

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'Norwich were fighting until the last seconds'

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says: "In the first half they had two or three good shots and Petr Cech did very well. We lacked pace and seemed subdued. It was better in the second half and in the end we got a good win.

“Welbeck came on and finished well. It was a good lay-off by Giroud. We had three strikers on at that time.

“Norwich played very well. I remember Leicester came here last year and we won just 2-1. Look at the results of those fighting not to go down. Newcastle won and Sunderland drew in the last second. Norwich were fighting until the last seconds too."

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Matt Price: Any hopes Norwich have now depend on them beating United. I'd fancy them to do it, at least they would have done the double.

Bardia: What a ludicrous display. Thing about Arsenal is they always try and walk it in.

Tonight's Match of the Day plan

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MOTD running order: New/CP, Sto/Sun, Ars/Nor, WBA/WH, Wat/AV, Eve/Bou. Big relegation scrap and some decent goals. @BBCOne 10.30.

'We can't feel sorry for ourselves'

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich

Norwich City manager Alex Neil says: “I think our gameplan worked really well. Petr Cech made three or four good saves. There was a five-minute spell when we were stretched and Arsenal managed to score in that spell.

“The last thing you can do down in the dogfight is feel sorry for yourselves. We didn’t get what we deserved. We need three displays like that in the next three games.

“If you start worrying about the maths and what other people are doing then it'll drive you crazy. We have two games coming up and they will be key for us.

“We've got Manchester United and then Watford. We have to take maximum points from that.”

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So, this was the goal

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Here's the goal that decided #AFCvNCFC - 20 passes before Welbeck found the bottom corner

Here's the goal that decided #AFCvNCFC - 20 passes before Welbeck found the bottom corner

How they stand at the bottom

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So where does that leave Norwich? In a whole heap of trouble, that's where.

Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 1-0 earlier today and Jermain Defoe's injury-time penalty gave Sunderland a 1-1 draw at Stoke.

The Canaries have three matches left - Manchester United and Watford at home and then Everton away on the final day of the season - in order to save themselves from an instant return to the Championship.

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David Southall: Another Bendtneresque performance by Olivier Giroud today yet he is still picked! Unbelievable Wenger?

Nick ÜTA: On the plus side, it's nice to have hung on and not capitulated.

He may not have had the best of games, but Giroud did still set up the winning goal.

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Only three shots on target for Arsenal, but one goal was enough for three more points.

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'We should be doing better'

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck on Sky Sports: "When you are on the bench you want to come on and make an impact and I got the goal. It was a difficult game, they were fighting to the end but we had to get the three points.

"As a player you have to focus on the match and not on the surroundings. Fans are so important to football clubs and you have to respect that everyone has an opinion.

"I just want to play every single game after being out for such a long time. I am building up my fitness. I prefer to play as a striker but I will do my best as long as I am on the pitch.

"Everyone is very disappointed. It was a great opportunity for us to go for the title this season and it is difficult to handle the way it is ending. We know as a club that we should be doing better than this.

"We want to finish above Spurs but they want to finish above us. We will see what happens."

How they stand

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So it is back up to third for Arsenal, who also move two points behind fierce rivals Tottenham. However, Manchester City will reclaim third place if they win at Southampton tomorrow afternoon.

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Leicester, of course, could win the title tomorrow with a victory at Manchester United in Sunday's first game. However, after beating the Foxes twice this season, this campaign will be one the Gunners will regret for years to come. Will it be one failure too many for Wenger?

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The players leave the pitch and it is another outing for those home-made signs telling Arsene Wenger that his time should be up. But the number of fans not protesting far outweighs the number who have held up cards or slogans.

Will Champions League qualification be enough to give Arsene Wenger one more season? This was a big three points towards that goal.

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FULL-TIME

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John Ruddy cannot make an impact, after loitering on the edge of the area. It is job done from Arsenal. They win 1-0 thanks to Danny Welbeck's winning goal.

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We are deep into injury-time. And goalkeeper John Ruddy is storming forward.

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Cameron Jerome's header is off target and that may well be Norwich's last chance. It has not been pretty from the hosts, but they look like getting the job done.

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One final change for Norwich as winger Matt Jarvis comes on for centre-half Sebastien Bassong. There is not long left for them to get an equaliser.

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Following the Vardy precedent I guess Özil will get a ban for disrespecting the referee.

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Mesut Ozil gets his name in the book after catching Gary O'Neil with a high boot. Ozil tries to run away, but it is to no avail. The ref catches up with him and the German is cautioned.

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Time to hold on to what Arsenal have got. Alexis Sanchez is hooked, with Francis Coquelin coming on to steady things up.

Sanchez is not too impressed and heads straight down the tunnel. Once again, the decision is met with a smattering of boos from some home fans, who would probably be booing no matter what Arsene Wenger did today.

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Ollie Hall: Norwich are doomed. They don't have a game-changer in their squad and if they lose then that's a lot of belief drained.

George Spooner: Norwich are just dreadful. Deserve to go down! 

Time for another protest

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich

We've got some moaners in at the Emirates today. Their side are winning and are heading back up to third in the Premier League, but again the 'Time for Change' banners are held aloft by some fans. But the majority are keeping quiet.

The reason for the protest, well it is 12 minutes to go and it is 12 years since Arsenal last won the Premier League.

I wonder if there will be another protest with one minute to go as it is one season since they last won a trophy.

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Attack, attack, attack. From one man up top at the start, another attacking player comes on for Norwich with Steven Naismith to play just behind Cameron Jerome and Dieumerci Mbokani. Robbie Brady is the man to make way.

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Faddi S: Arsenal should not be trying to pass it into the net.

NicLewis: We should definitely play 2 up front more often. Welbz and Giroud is not a bad combo. But that's too "decadent" for Wenger

Daniel Woods: Olivier Giroud has played 176 games and scored 78 goals for Arsenal, yet the fans want rid of him? Need to build, not destroy.

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CLOSE!

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A spectacular half-volley from 30 yards out from Mesut Ozil tests John Ruddy, who flings himself to his left to tip the ball over.

But it is a tough life being a goalkeeper as he doesn't get the credit he deserves as referee Mike Jones does not think Ruddy touched it and awards a goal-kick.

On the plus side for Ruddy, at least he does not have to deal with an Arsenal corner.

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We've got a real game on now. Mesut Ozil provides a magic pass to find Alexis Sanchez, but, with the overlapping Hector Bellerin a better option, the Chilean goes for goal and can only send the ball into John Ruddy's hands. A wasted chance.

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Danny Welbeck made an instant impact and Dieumerci Mbokani also does so for the Canaries. Nathan Redmond's low pass slides across the box and is heading for Mbokani, but only an excellent sliding block from substitute Gabriel at the near post stops the striker from getting his shot away.

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Wes Hoolahan is off and Norwich go for another attacking option as Dieumerci Mbokani comes on. Norwich feel they can still get something from this as Mbokani jogs on to join Cameron Jerome up top.

The Canaries go with two men upfront, much to the relief of Jerome. Will the greater attacking intent pay off or are Norwich going to get picked off? Norwich do not have any other option than to go for it.

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Amazing what a goal can do. It is as if the Arsenal players have just had a weight lifted off their shoulders. The crowd are behind them now, the players have confidence to take on their man. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are demanding the ball.

How quickly things change in football. But, as we have seen before, this is a fragile atmosphere at the Emirates and won't take much for it to turn again.

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Hashim Vali: Totally undeserved lead for Arsenal. Very harsh on Norwich. Reminds me of VIllareal v Liverpool on Thursday. A sucker punch.

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5 - No side has kept fewer clean sheets than Norwich in the Premier League this season (5, level with Villa). Porous.

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Sam Jamaa: And as if by magic, when Welbeck is playing, he scores.

Robin Smit: Had a feeling that would happen to Norwich...They just didn't take the chances they had in the 1st half..

Chris Lord: That is the definition of an impact sub. Danny Welbeck.

GOAL - Arsenal 1-0 Norwich

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Danny Welbeck has only been on for a few minutes and he has made an instant impact.

Olivier Giroud has not been very popular today but the big striker does well to cushion a header down into Welbeck's path and the England striker catches it on the half-volley to send a low shot past John Ruddy. Advantage Arsenal.

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History against Norwich

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Will Norwich get something out of this? Well, they don't normally.

8 - Arsenal have won eight of their last 12 league home games against Norwich City (W8 D3 L1). Favourites.

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Screaming for Welbeck?

Well, Arsene Wenger agrees as the England forward comes on. The fans are pleased to see Welbeck introduced. They are not pleased with the decision to replace Alex Iwobi, while Olivier Giroud stays on.

More boos. Every decision by Wenger is not popular with everyone at the moment.

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Aaron Theaker: Why aren't there protests against Giroud instead. This game is screaming for Welbeck.

Andy Evans: Giroud typifies Arsenal as a team; looks good but lacking any finishing or boldness.

Hashim Vali: Norwich have a great chance here against this woeful team to boost their chances of top flight security. Come on Norwich.

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Trouble for the Gunners. Per Mertesacker has been limping around for the last few minutes after getting his foot caught in the turf when under pressure from a Norwich player. The big German defender limps off holding his hamstring and his day is done.

Laurent Koscielny gets the captain's armband and Gabriel comes on into the middle of the Gunners back four.

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Giroud collapses to the floor, after little contact from Sebastien Bassong. Referee Mike Jones is not interested and Giroud looks a bit sheepish as he gets up off the floor.