While the term “A stroll in the park” may be a bit strong for this match, it was still a relatively easy win for Arsenal on the day as they defeated Norwich City by 4 goals to 1 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners scored early and often on the day with the 1st of the goals coming through some sensational passing between Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere with the move culminating in Wilshere finishing past John Ruddy to open the scoring on 17 minutes.
The advantage was doubled come the 58th with Mesut Ozil getting the goal this time around with the assist again provided by Giroud. Despite the score line indication, Norwich actually provided a semi-decent battle for Arsenal for long portions of the match, with their best spell culminating in Johnny Howson’s goal on 70 minutes to bring the Canaries within 1. Their newfound confidence was quickly put to be though with a couple late goals from Aaron Ramsey and a second from Ozil sealing the 3 points for Arsenal while providing a sizable dig at Norwich’s goal differential, as they are still in the dreading relegation zone. The win also sets Arsenal up nicely for their glamour tie mid-week against reigning finalists Borussia Dortmund of the Champions league.
Arsenal: vs. Borussia Dortmund (Champions League)
Norwich City: vs. Cardiff City