Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City: Amid protests, Welbeck pulls Gunners third
- Gunners scoreless streak ends at 200 mins
- Welbeck subs on to score
- Norwich stay 19th
Danny Welbeck’s second-half goal was enough to give Arsenal a much-needed three points from Norwich City’s visit on Saturday.
The Emirates Stadium started with protests, and the Gunners didn’t do a ton to quiet Arsene Wenger’s critics in the 1-0 match.
Arsenal does, however, pull three points clear of fourth place Manchester City, which plays Sunday at Southampton.
Norwich, meanwhile, is two points back of Newcastle and one point back of Sunderland as the race for 17th continues in England. Newcastle has played one more match than each of its competitors.
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Arsenal couldn’t find a way through Norwich City’s defense in the first half, entering the break without scoring a goal in 187 minutes. After taking a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute against West Brom, the Gunners were blanked in the second half, then in a 0-0 draw with Sunderland.
Norwich had a chance or two during a late 10-minute run of play, but couldn’t beat Petr Cech. Both sides had 7 shots, but Norwich was the only to put any on frame with three.[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]
0 - None of Arsenal’s seven shots in the first half against Norwich were on target (including blocked). Misfire.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 30, 2016
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Welbeck subbed on for Arsenal, joining Olivier Giroud up top and quickly making an impact with a shot that deflected to beat John Ruddy and give Arsenal the match’s first goal.
The Gunners still carried the play, though the chance for a pivotal point lurked with every Canaries moment of possession.
Mohamed Elneny took a phenomenal shot that Ruddy met with a similar save, when, in the 83rd minute he used the outside of his foot to swerve an effort that forced Ruddy into flight just to force a corner. Good-looking stuff.