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City battle to entertaining draw with Arsenal

1 December 2019

Norwich City battled to a more than deserved point at home to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Teemu Pukki gave the Canaries the lead on 29 minutes via a deflected effort but Arsenal quickly responded after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised from a retaken penalty, despite having his first saved by Krul.

Todd Cantwell fired City into the lead on the stroke of half-time but Aubameyang responded once again on the hour mark as the game ended in a draw.

Daniel Farke was forced into one change to his starting eleven after last weekend’s win at Everton. Alex Tettey was ruled out due to personal reason, allowing Ibrahim Amadou to step in. On the bench, there was a return for Jamal Lewis who missed the trip to Goodison Park through injury.

Arsenal dominated possession early and City’s rearguard had to be alert on numerous occasions to thwart them. Inside five minutes, Alexandre Lacazette’s scuffed effort almost found the corner but an off-balance Krul did superbly to claw the ball away from danger.

The Gunners went close again on ten minutes when Shkodran Mustafi leapt to meet a corner. His header seemed destined for the net but Hernandez was in the right place at the right time to head the ball away.

But it was the Canaries who struck first. On the counter attack, Pukki found himself with space on the edge of the area and he duly obliged, finding the far corner with the help of a deflection.

Moments later, there was more VAR controversy. Christoph Zimmermann was adjudged to have handled the ball and referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot. Krul did well to save Aubameyang’s first effort but VAR deemed that Max Aarons had encroached into the area, resulting in the retake for the Arsenal skipper. He made no mistake at the second time of asking to level the scores.

However, on the stroke of half-time City seized back the initiative with a well-worked counter attack. McLean slid to ball to Hernandez storming forward down the left and he cut back to Cantwell who slotted the ball into the far corner and beyond the grasp of Bernd Leno.

Arsenal started the second-half brightly and equalised once again in the 53rd minute. City failed to clear a corner away and the loose ball was eventually swept away by Aubameyang for his second of the game.

However, City almost regained the lead for a third time on the hour mark. McLean pounced on a loose pass from Matteo Guendouzi and raced clear. His effort seemed set for the bottom clear but Leno made a superb stop to keeps the scores level.

Shortly after this, Cantwell fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box and Pukki was denied by Leno from close range. 

City continued to look the likelier to get a winner and went mightily close in stoppage time when Aarons was denied by Leno.

2-2 was how it finished.

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Godfrey, Zimmermann (c), Hernandez, Cantwell (Buendia, 82), Trybull, Pukki, McLean, Amadou
Substitutes not used: Fahrmann, Roberts, Vrancic, Lewis, Stiepermann, Amadou, Srbeny
Goals: Pukki (21), Cantwell (45+2)
Bookings: Krul (28), McLean (43)

Arsenal: Leno, Lacazette, Ozil (Martinelli, 88), Aubameyang (c), Mustafi, Chambers, David Luiz, Willock (Torreira, 71), Guendouzi (Saka, 78), Kolansinac, Xhaka
Substitutes not used: Martinez, Tierney, Sokratis, Pepe, 
Goals: Aubameyang (pen 29, 57)
Bookings: Chambers (65)

Referee: Paul Tierney
Kick off time: 2pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Attendance: 27,067 (2,484 visiting fans)
HT: 2-1

Today’s Golden Goal times were:

1st Goal: 20:50
2nd Goal: 28:04
3rd Goal: 45:00
4th Goal: 56:44

Lucky Number 2071

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