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Patrick Jennings

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  1. Post update

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    And that is that from me. 

    Thanks for all your comments today. See you next time!

  2. And Norwich earn a point

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Meanwhile, Norwich celebrate a hard-earned point.

    Image caption: They were organised...
    Image caption: Showed they could play...
    Image caption: And solid in defence
  3. The injury curse strikes (again)

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Laurent Koscielny
    Image caption: First it was Laurent...
    Alexis Sanchez
    Image caption: Then Alexis...
    Santi Cazorla
    Image caption: And Santi finished "on one leg", said Wenger
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    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    The injury section of Arsenal's website is going to need some updating tonight then... 

    Image caption: To these names we might see added: Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla...

    For how long? We should have a better picture tomorrow.

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  6. 'All sorted with Lewis'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    More from Norwich manager Alex Neil: "There had been a few instances with Lewis (Grabban) and things were not quite the way they should have been but they are resolved and fixed. 

    "Today he showed what a player he can be."

  7. 'Sanchez said he was OK to play'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports: "Of course we are concerned but you go though spells like this in the season. We were a bit below par today but at least we didn't lose.

    "Santi Cazorla finished on one leg, he has a knee problem, Alexis Sanchez has a thigh problem and Laurent Koscielny has a hip problem. 

    "I would have rested Sanchez today but he said to me before the game he was fine to play."

  8. 'Bright future ahead'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Norwich goalscorer Lewis Grabban: "After being out for so long it is nice to get a goal. It was nice the manager put me back in and I could do well for him and the team.

    "It has been a frustrating time but that is in the past and hopefully I will have a bright future."

  9. 'We were jaded'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "In the second-half Norwich had good chances and we were playing against a team that is physically clever, they defender deep to catch us on the counter attack and we were a bit jaded, not as sharp as usual."

    "We lost Alexis Sanchez, I do not know how long he will be out but it is a big blow. Cazorla finished on one leg, Koscielny we will have to assess tomorrow.

    "Sanchez was an important loss today, he pushes defenders back and always is incisive with his dribbling.

    "The quality of the performance was below what we can do offensively."

  10. 'I thought we had self-destructed'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Norwich City manager Alex Neil, speaking to Sky Sports: "We conceded the first goal and at that point I thought we had pressed the self-destruct button, but we showed great character to get back into the game.

    "In the second half we started a bit slow and invited Arsenal onto us, but as the half wore on I thought we were the better team.

    "Getting the balance right for us was important. At the start of the season we played well but weren't’ solid enough. Then we became more solid but didn’t have enough quality going forward. I thought we got a better balance today."

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    Both managers are now speaking to the media. 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he doesn't know how long Alexis Sanchez or Laurent Koscielny will be out for.

    Full reaction to come.

  12. 'We worked our socks off'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Norwich's Robbie Brady challenges Hector Bellerin of Arsenal

    Norwich midfielder Robbie Brady: "We worked our socks off all night and the point means a bit more when you go behind to a team like Arsenal. 

    "We stuck to the game plan and got the equaliser. We showed good character to come back intio the game and began to look comfortable. 

    "We created chances and if things had gone our way we would have taken all three points."

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    Shohan Sen, from Kent: What an awful day at the office! Crippling injuries and dropped points to a relegation-threatened team. Title challenge? That's quickly slipping into the same old monotone battle for fourth place! Horrendous.  

  14. 'A tough afternoon'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Norwich midfielder Gary O'Neil, speaking to Sky Sports: "We had a go. They had some attacks as well but we had a good shape and caused them some problems. 

    "In the second half we looked the more likely. We've had some tough games recently, Chelsea and Manchester City away. But the performances have been good. Defensively we have been sound but haven't managed to cause problems going forward, today we found a better balance. 

    "A point is a good result. Arsenal will have come here expecting to win and we have them a tough afternoon."

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    Arsenal players Olivier Giroud and Peter Cech look disappointed at full-time

    A  bit harsh that, Simeon? 

    Not sure I can see a lot of dead wood in that Arsenal XI. Norwich played well today. 

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  18. 'Arsenal cannot win the league'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Norwich had the better chances in the game. Arsenal dominated possession certainly in the early stages of the first half. I think Alex Neil would have taken a point before hand and it was better point for Norwich.

    "The worrying thing for Arsenal is the amount of injuries to key players. It must have affect on them.

    "I do not think they can win the title."

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    The coaching staff shake hands at full-time

    A breathless finish to the game. 

    A point for Arsene Wenger's side sees them stay fourth, two points off top spot.

    Norwich are now three points above the drop zone.


    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Hector Bellerin crosses for Olivier Giroud, but it's over his head and Norwich have it back...

    No time for a counter though and that is that at Carrow Road!

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    Petr Cech has it. Lumped up the field and Arsenal look like they're going to end the match in the Norwich final third...

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  23. Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Norwich again with a sight on goal as Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe sees a shot blocked on the edge!

    Just one minute to play and it is all Norwich. Arsenal are hanging on for a point.

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    Pinball in the box but Arsenal breathe again.

    They are pegged right back here. Will a point be enough? 

    A total of three minutes added on to be played.

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    A swing and a miss from Petr Cech but Arsenal get it clear, only as far as Nathan Redmond down the left, who crosses...

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    Confusion at the back? Nacho Monreal clears for a corner when Petr Cech was set to collect! 

    Corner ball...

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    Arsenal being held up the home fans here - who have hidden the football. 

    Mesut Ozil finally gets to take his corner - which is cleared and Norwich can break...

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    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Quote Message: Norwich need to put it in the corners for Cameron Jerome to chase. Alex Neil has put him on because he knows what good outlet for the ball he is. from Greg Downs Former Norwich City defender
    Greg DownsFormer Norwich City defender
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    The last changes for the home side. Striker Cameron Jerome is on for goalscorer Lewis Grabban and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe comes on for Wes Hoolahan. 

    Will the 26-year-old midfielder bring more up top? Or be told to shore things up?

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    Arsenal's Mesut Ozil shoots

    Can Santi Cazorla find the gap? No. Back to Mesut Ozil? Nor him. 

    Out wide it goes to Hector Bellerin but the youngster runs it out for a goal kick. He's fast but not that fast.

    Just over five to go...

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    Arsenal's coaching staff

    Any more injuries from here and Arsenal are down to 10 - they've used up all their subs.

    It sounds silly to say but judging by how things are going, would you rule out another?

  34. 'Redmond's threat'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    "There has been a bit of a lull in the match after much of it has been end to end. Norwich have been a real threat, Nathan Redmond offers a different dimension to carry the ball up the pitch, but defensively does not do such a good shift for Norwich."

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    Arsenal's Hector Bellerin

    This is like a basketball team timing it right for the final score in a match - Norwich are knocking it about in front of the Arsenal back-line. 

    But a poor pass sees Hector Bellerin intercept - the boy is so rapid! - and it's a swap around. The Gunners now looking to pick out a chance.

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    A big last 10 minutes. 

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    Norwich's Martin Olsson tries to beat Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Lovely stuff from Nathan Redmond to bring a really nasty cross-field pass under his spell.

    Can he make headway down the Arsenal left? No, but Wes Hoolahan switches it left to Martin Olsson, whose cut-back is skied clear by Gabriel. 

    Petr Cech was stranded if that made it to a yellow shirt. 

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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must have been told to get more in the box for Olivier Giroud - practically his first move is a devious cross to the middle. 

    The Frenchman can't make anything of it but applauds heartily. He's barely had a sniff this second half, Norwich have been well on top. 

    Will that change as we approach the last 10?

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    Arsenal know they need to get a handle on this. Much better from them to keep the ball for a spell, taking the sting out of the home side.

    Two changes to mention. Top scorer Nathan Redmond is on for Norwich, with Jonny Howson off. An attacking move for sure.

    And Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on for the Gunners, Aaron Ramsey going off. He'll replace the Welshman out wide.

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    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    Johnny Howson of Norwich shoots

    "Norwich are growing in their belief in the last 15- 20 minutes. There is talk of Arsenal winning the title but they need to be putting sides like Norwich to bed."

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    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Quote Message: That's probably the best save I've seen all season. Incredible stuff from Petr Cech. from Greg Downs Former Norwich City defender
    Greg DownsFormer Norwich City defender
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    This one is really opening up.


    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Petr Cech makes a save

    That is a fantastic save from Petr Cech. 

    A Norwich cross finds the heart of the Arsenal penalty box, it evades all the yellow but Gabriel inadvertently heads on goal, but Cech is there with a low, strong hand.

  46. Arsenal lost pace

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Arsenal have lost a little bit of attacking momentum with Sanchez going off. They do not seem to be as effective going forward now."

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    Mesut Ozil

    One goal here would put Arsenal level with Manchester City and Leicester at the top of the table, but at the moment it's looking a world away. 

    With Alexis Sanchez off the pitch injured, who can they look to to turn this game? 

    Norwich, meanwhile, are zipping it about with a growing sense of assurance...

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    Especially with the small matter of reaching the Champions League group stage to get through...  

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Alexis Sanchez limps off

    "So Arsene Wenger says before the game that Sanchez had a hamstring problem but still risked him - a gamble that has backfired spectacularly."

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    At this rate you might be in for a game Mo. Any good in central midfield?

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    Joel Campbell looks good down the right here, silky even in his dribbling...

    But the cut-back goes nowhere and here come Norwich with the interception...

    Arsenal are having to scrap for this and dig back in to shore things up. 

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    Arsenal are on the ropes a bit here. 

    Two men off injured, and Norwich are sensing there may well be three points for them in this.

    Gary O'Neil spoils the mood though, blazing WILDLY over as his own corner pops back to him. He's never scored for the Canaries.

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    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    Norwich City fans
    Quote Message: Arsenal are getting rattled, Sanchez has gone off injured, Ozil is in the ref's face. The Carrow Road Crowd are loving this.
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    Big boots to fill. 

    Joel Campbell is indeed on for Alexis Sanchez. He'll presumably do the same job, but as well as the Chilean can in full flight? 

    Nobody comes close.

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    Alexis Sanchez goes off injured

    The injury curse strikes again (again)? This is getting silly.

    Alexis Sanchez is hobbling, it looks like a muscle problem and a real problem. 

    Laurent Koscielny has already gone off, and Joel Campbell is now getting ready to replace Sanchez.

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    How many times?!

    Mesut Ozil hits it straight into the wall. There so seldom something to get excited about, and we do. Moths to a flame.

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    Now then. 

    Gary O'Neil goes in the book - he halted Aaron Ramsey's driving run - and as Ramsey went down he scythed into a waiting Norwich pack.

    That's O'Neil's third booking in as many games. Free-kick in a decent position...

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    This is not Santi Cazorla's finest moment - he's booked for a dive. 

    I have seen a lot worse (for worse, read acrobatic) but fair play to the ref for calling him up.

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    Mesut Ozil tries to score for Arsenal

    Scrappy, bobbly but so close to a goal for Arsenal. 

    Alexis Sanchez dinks one in and John Ruddy has a rush of blood, he's out and swipes but misses, the balls lobbing about but Norwich hook it clear, with Mesut Ozil threatening to prod home from close range. 

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    It's all been pretty scrappy since the restart - maybe the howling wind is having more of a say? 

    Norwich are looking much more confident on the ball than they were though.

    Arsenal had been cruising, big in the slick-stakes for much of that first half. A lot more muted now. 

  62. 'Norwich need to be positive'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I hope Norwich learnt from the lessons of the first-half when they were more positive.

    "They are now sitting deep again and Arsenal will pick them off. Norwich have to show attacking threat and get bodies forward at the right time."

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    Lewis Grabban

    By the way Norwich fans - Lewis Grabban has not lost in any of the last 23 games he's scored in...

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    Santi Cazorla is back on the pitch. 

    But now Olivier Giroud is taking his time to get up - he took a bit of a knock there too and is not happy with a certain Gary O'Neil. Nothing in the challenge, ball was there to be won. 

  66. 'Cazorla in a lot of pain'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

     "Santi Cazorla looks in a good deal of pain, he is still grimacing. I do not think there was any intention from Gary O'Neil there.

    "He has hobbled back on the pitch but not moving particularly well."  

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    Wait, what? 

    Santi Cazorla is down. Arsenal really do not need another man out - they've already lost Laurent Koscielny today. 

    Cazorla took a knock in a 50-50. He's gone off but looks OK to carry on...

  68. KICK-OFF

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    We are back under way.

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    What have a lemur, a canary and a triceratops got in common? 

    They are all mascots, shaking their booty at the cameras on the pitch at Carrow Road, dressed in full Norwich kit. 

    Football is weird.

  71. Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Brilliant stat this. 

    Arsenal have conceded half of their 12 goals this season in the 15-minute period before half time.

    So presumably there's a whole score of Gunners fans out there who'll be coming back from a time-out, knowing exactly what will have happened...

  72. Canaries should be in lead

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    "Norwich should be 2-1 up. The goal gave them belief. 

    "Arsenal scored and in a perverse way Norwich became more positive in their forward play. They finished the half strongly."

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    Norwich's Robbie Brady goes past Arsenal's Santi Cazorla
    Quote Message: Norwich gave Arsenal too much respect for the first half an hour. They don't look comfortable when City take the game to them. from Greg Downs Former Norwich City defender
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    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud looks frustrated

    Well they very nearly did Craig. 

    There will be some head-scratching going on in that Arsenal dressing room for sure. 

    Norwich though, they're right back in this.

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    Wes Hoolahan misses a chance

    What a chance!

    Wes Hoolahan steams in at the back stick but Jonny Howson's low cross just bounces up in front of him. 

    A difficult one, and the ball flies over from Hoolahan's first-time strike, and that is a let off for Arsenal. Where have the away side gone?

  77. 'Norwich do not want half-time'

    Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    "You have to say good decision by Alex Neil to start with Lewis Grabban.

    "Robbie Brady has the awareness to find Grabban and he rolls Gabriel too easily, the defender gets too tight. Cech dashes off his line but Grabban slides the ball under him.

    "You can not say that Norwich deserved the goal but it was a superb.

    "They do not want half-time to come, they are the team in the ascendancy the goal has given them a lot of confidence."

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    Norwich's players celebrate

    Wow. I did not see that coming! 

    Arsenal looked to be in total control up until those few minutes of Norwich pressure. The home side raised it, and got their goal.

    Three minutes to be added on...

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    Lewis Grabban

    A vital goal! Just before the break, here's Robbie Brady again with a delicious ball to split the Arsenal line. 

    Lewis Grabban is on the end of it - and holds off the challenge to stab home.

    Game on!

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    Finally a bit of a response from Norwich! 

    With just under five to go Robbie Brady cuts inside and curls one towards the back stick. Petr Cech can palm away at the top of his arc.

    Brady has been Norwich's sharpest.

  81. More worried about the cameraman

    Norwich 0-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I don't think that was a foul, Sanchez stopped and Bennett's momentum carried him in.

    "I am more concerned about the cameraman who was clothes lined by Alexis Sanchez."

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    Alexis Sanchez falls into the crowd

    Ouch! Alexis Sanchez has done very well to come away from this unscathed. 

    With the ball in the air on the touchline, Sanchez looks to bring it down, but he's Ryan Bennett from behind with a little shove to knock him off balance. 

    Trouble is, it's so wet and slippy that Sanchez ends up down in a little ditch where the cameraman is sheltering. Could have been a real nasty one, but Sanchez is OK.

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    Changes for Norwich? Hard to know how to play this from here. 

    Alex Neil said he wanted more attacking intent from this selection and they'll need bundles more than we've seen so far. 

    Arsenal are looking slick - up front and at the back.

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    Johnny Howson and Lewis Grabban of Norwich
    Quote Message: Arsenal players are so confident in each others ability and at the present time Norwich are struggling to stay in this. Alex Neil needs to change things. from Greg Downs Former Norwich City defender
    Greg DownsFormer Norwich City defender
  85. 'Only one outcome'

    Norwich 0-1 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    "John Ruddy has struggled with his kicking all day off his left foot. There is another poor kickout which gets caught in the wind and Gary O'Neil gets pick pocketed.

    "Sanchez slides the ball to Ozil, Ruddy commits himself and the German looks up and with the form he has been in this season there was only one outcome.

    "I did not believe Norwich can sit in for 90 minutes against a side of Arsenal's qualities."

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    Mesut Ozil

    So Mesut Ozil's brilliant run continues. 

    The German has had a hand in 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances - that's two goals, and 11 assists.

    Lazy? I'd love to see him trying. Arsenal are running the show now. 

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    Not the ideal start for Norwich at all. They'd been pretty tight at the back but that was self-destruction of the highest order. 

    John Ruddy's kick found Gary O'Neil - just about - and his mis-control fell to Alexis Sanchez. The rest is history.

    What's the response now? Attack and Arsenal can counter...

  89. GOAL - Norwich 0-1 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil

    Mesut Ozil scores for Arsenal

    Oh dear! It was coming, but this goal is all about Norwich. 

    John Ruddy rushes a kick straight to Alexis Sanchez, who slides in Mesut Ozil.

    A lovely little dinked finish to find the net, but my word that was easy.

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    Lovely stuff from Arsenal.

    Santi Cazorla glides through the Norwich challenges, finds Alexis Sanchez, who blasts straight at John Ruddy. 

    Strong hands to beat it away.

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    Arsenal's Santi Cazorla challenges for the ball with Norwich's Robbie Brady

    Santi Cazorla is wise to the threat of Norwich's frontline pressure now. 

    Here he is sweeping it out of his feet - a near nonchalant first-time slide out wide - and the Canaries retreat towards their nets.

    Alexis Sanchez is in a grump after another little nick. Free-kick Arsenal. 

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    Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Norwich's Gary O'Neil challenge for the ball

    It's getting swirlier, wetter, grimy. 

    The wind and the rain are picking up - quite unlike the pace of this game so far. 

    Connected? Maybe so, but both these teams can get it down and play it.

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    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Quote Message: It's a strange game so far, neither side really going for it. It's being played at a 'half-pace' at the moment. from Greg Downs Former Norwich City defender
    Greg DownsFormer Norwich City defender
    Greg Downs

    You do feel Arsenal will be the first to raise it though...  

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    Robbie Brady barges Santi Cazorla off it and Norwich are in! 

    But no! The ball holds up in his feet and the Gunners can recover. Brady was so fast to rob the Spaniard there.

    Norwich revert to type - sit deep and look to nick it.

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    Arsenal's Nacho Monreal

    So far so good at the back for Norwich, but Arsenal are getting closer. 

    Nacho Monreal is high up down the left again - and this time Olivier Giroud is the target. 

    The cross just about beats the first man but Giroud can't connect cleanly. Poor angle and he was probably unsighted slightly, too.

  96. 'Surprised by team selection'

    Norwich 0-0 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    "There are a couple of surprises in the Norwich line-up for me. Lewis Grabban started the first game of the season, but hasn't played since so I wonder about his match fitness. Wes Hoolahan is the link man and I am surprised Youssouf Mulumbu is not playing in the holding role, with Graham Dorrans coming in for him.

    "What Norwich do not want to do is concede an early, cheap goal they are sitting deep and will want to hit Arsenal on the counter-attack."

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    Tend to agree with this Robert. You're the man to let him know.

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    Not sure how much Mesut Ozil knew about this but he nearly puts Arsenal ahead - was it a pass or a flick-on?

    Nacho Monreal picks him out in the box, and Sebastian Bassong knew even less about his clearance - it almost went in under the bar! 

    Corner to Arsenal is dealt with. Just about.

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    Norwich building here. 

    First a free-kick knocked clear by Gabriel - his first touch - and then pressure on the throw-in to peg the Gunners back into the corner. 

    In Sunday League, that is is a fantastic tactic, but Arsenal play it out comfortably. Always pressure from the home side though...

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    We'll bring you the latest on Laurent Koscielny's injury as soon as we have it.

    It looked like a muscle problem. How long will he be out for?

  101. Bad news for Arsenal

    Norwich 0-0 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny goes off injured

    "That is a blow for Arsenal. They are having to cope with a lot of injuries at the moment and you do not want too many more at this time of year. But they have options at centre-half with Calum Chambers and Gabriel."

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    With Laurent Koscielny off the pitch, there's a few hairy moments as Norwich send a swirling cross into the middle - just about dealt with.

    The ref then blows up for a foul, and that allows Gabriel to come on in place of the Frenchman.

    How many players is that out now, for Arsenal?!

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    Looks like you're going to get your wish Ewan. Sort of, anyway...

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    Man down!

    More injuries for Arsenal? 

    Laurent Koscielny appears to have taken a knock here, and Gabriel is getting readied...

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    You think 40mph is bad? When I came in it work it must have been double that - I ended up going backwards for most of the journey (on bike) and even lost a glove. 

    They were a present, too. Sorry mum.

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  108. Norwich 0-0 Arsenal

    The touches Santi Cazorla takes are so pinpoint, precise and tiny it's unreal. 

    He steers the ship towards the right flank, where Hector Bellerin is looking to stretch out - but the pressure is on him straight away. 

    Both sides sizing each other up here.

    Norwich's Robbie Brady challenges Arsenal's Hector Bellerin
  109. Norwich 0-0 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez with the first sight of goal. A shot zips away past John Ruddy's left stick. 

    The Norwich keeper has got some pretty garish boots on today, I am very much not a fan. Although I'm a keeper too and did used to have a pair of R9s...

  110. Norwich 0-0 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla were on cracking form against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek. 

    But Aaron Ramsey on the right wing?

    Wes Hoolahan is the man Norwich will look to for that touch of genius today.

    Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey runs with the ball
  111. Norwich 0-0 Arsenal

    We are under way.

  112. Post update

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    Norwich keeper John Ruddy

    Here we go then... kick-off is upon us...

    The swirly wet stuff seems to have abated a tad. Arsene Wenger's coat is zipped up just halfway.

  113. Pass master

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    Mesut Ozil stats graphic

    Is Ozil really Lazy? Or just misunderstood?

    Will he make it eight today?..

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    Well Alex Neil reckons it'll provide a bit more attacking threat. 

    We shall see...

  115. Post update

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    Five minutes to go until kick-off. Players in the tunnel. 

    Joel Campbell's brought a blanket for the Arsenal bench.

  116. Who is Jeff Reine-Adelaide?

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    There's a (perhaps) unfamiliar name on the Arsenal bench today - 17-year-old Frenchman Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

    So who is he? Well, he's yet to make a Premier League appearance but has dazzled in the Emirates Cup, twice winning man-of-the-match awards in the pre-season tournament.

    Arsene Wenger is clearly a fan, and has described Reine-Adelaide as "something special". He added: "I don't remember how I played at 17 but I didn't play like that!"

    Jeff-Reine Adelaide
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  118. Post update

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    It is swirly, cold and wet in Norwich this afternoon. 

    I say afternoon... it looks more like the dead of night already.

    Alexis Sanchez
  119. Lawro's view

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    Santi Cazorla

    A final plug for our Predictor game via the opinion of BBC Sport guru Mark Lawrenson - here's how he reckons today's game will pan out.

    "If people talk about Arsenal at the moment, they immediately bring up that they have loads of injuries.

    "But I think the effects of Arsenal's injury problems have been blown out of proportion a bit, especially when you consider the way they played the other night when Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez were unstoppable.

    "I don't see Norwich causing them many problems - true, Arsenal lost at West Brom last time out, but I cannot see them losing two Premier League games in a row."

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    SMS Message: People go on about Arsenal's injury problems but today's lineup is only a Coquelin away from our strongest. Maybe the real annual injury crisis is yet to hit? from Chris Optimist
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  121. 'We have to find a way through'

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports: "It will be similar to what we got at West Brom; a team that defends with 100% focus and for us to find a way through.

    "We have done well this year on the road but every game is a new question you have to answer. This world is very fragile and that’s why we want to give absolutely everything.

    "The league table is always a consequence on the quality of your performances, so lets concentrate on that."

  122. 'Yes, it can be done'

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    Norwich manager Alex Neil, speaking to Sky Sports: "Defensively we’ve been sound, but today I've picked a side that can keep the ball better and have more of an attacking threat. 

    "I've put some more technical players in the team and hopefully that will work. We want to keep the solidity but also add another string to our bow and pose problems for the opposition

    "It's always tough when you are the underdog against world class players but it can be done."

  123. Post update

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    You know you need the heating on when it's getting dark before 16:00 GMT. 

    Already the skies above Carrow Road are looking pretty wintry. 

    Out on the pitch and under the lights, Alex Neil's Norwich players are put through their paces, the Scot only interrupting his stamp and glare routine to pose with a few young mascots. 

  124. 'No-one's told me I'm rubbbish'

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    I saw some pretty interesting quotes from Norwich keeper John Ruddy coming out of the news conference for this game on Friday. 

    Here he is on this season's struggles - and on that error that might well have cost his side a point at Manchester City a few weeks back...

    John Ruddy
    Image caption: And I don't think you are either, John

    "I don't think I have been as good as I have been previously, but that's football. 

    "Form is temporary. I am more than confident in myself.

     "I am always negative on myself and that is what drives me on to be a better 'keeper.

    "I have yet to have anyone come up to my face and tell me I am rubbish."

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    Jack, South Wales: If Arsenal can beat Man City on 21st December, we should win the title. It will be between us and City. Can't see Utd being a threat without goals!

    Oscar: As outstanding as Cazorla has been in the centre, why not put him on the left, where he can still be a genius, have Sanchez on his favoured right side, and Ramsey at centre-mid as he was when he couldn't stop scoring in 13/14? Aaron is wasted on the wing.

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  126. Post update

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    Alex Neil'sNorwich side have picked up just four points since that late September afternoon in Liverpool - only beating Swansea in that time.

    That they haven't slipped into the red probably owes more to the poor form of those around them, but teams like Sunderland are starting to win games...

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    Image caption: Neil won't have expected to be doing anything but looking over his shoulder this season
  127. Will we get goals?

    Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

    Arsenal winning by five is an ambitious prediction Sam, I like your style. 

    Either way, this game had better be a good one. I'm not saying I've got high standards but...

    I live in a seventh floor flat overlooking a Sunday League pitch and a six-a-side court - I've given up guaranteed entertainment for this. 

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    Sam Budhev: So an Arsenal win by 5 goals will take them top on goal difference. Time for the gunners to answer the critics. Ramsey is back.

    Lovina Ironkwa: Arsenal will be taken more serious if Wenger strengthens the team in Jan. They need a CDM to compete. 

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