Norwich City battled to a 3-3 draw against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, earlier today, to put clear daylight between themselves and the relegation battle, and inflict a blow to the Gunners’ Champions League prospects for the 2012/13 campaign. The result was Arsenal’s fourth without a win in as many games.
Arsenal could sink to fifth in the table, by Monday, if Newcastle and Tottenham win their respective matches against Manchester City and Aston Villa, on Sunday. Just two points separate the Gunners from their closest league rivals. Think you know how the season is going to end? Have a bet on Bet Victor.
Yossi Benayoun surprised the visiting Canaries with a goal in the second minute of the match. Fortunately, for the travelling Norwich fans, at least, Wes Hoolahan quickly found a reply for the yellows, easily beating Arsenal custodian, Wojciech Szczesny at the twelfth minute mark.
Grant Holt then gave City the advantage, a development that only served to anger the Gunners; Dutch talisman, Robin van Persie, hit two in quick succession to give Arsenal the lead with just ten minutes remaining of the encounter. Wes Morison added a crucial third for Norwich, to drag the tie level.
The dying moments of the match brought some controversy, when referee, Anthony Taylor, snubbed Arsenal’s penalty claims over a “blatant”, to quote the BBC, shove on van Persie. The offending Canary, Kyle Naughton, can count himself fortunate that the presiding official chose to look the other way.
Arsenal will play against West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the season, next Sunday. However, the fate of their Champions League campaign may be out of the Gunners' collective hands. Norwich will play Aston Villa in their campaign swansong, a week tomorrow, in a fixture that is largely irrelevant for the former team.
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