Today marks eight years since Steve Morison’s late equaliser salvaged a draw with Arsenal in a dramatic encounter at the Emirates Stadium.
By the start of March, City had lost sight of the promising form that had seen them occupying top ten spots earlier in the campaign. Over the next two months, only Wolves and Spurs were defeated by Paul Lambert’s Canaries.
Few gave Norwich much of a chance, then, when they visited North London for the penultimate game of the season with little left to play for in mid-table. The former had shipped 11 goals in their last three games.
Arsenal had enjoyed a solid campaign under Arsene Wenger, recovering from some heavy early season defeats to sit third from Gameweek 29 onwards. They had failed to win any of the last three in the league, however.
And so, we were treated to a Premier League classic of twists and turns. Birthday boy Yossi Benayoun got his celebrations going with a lovely, curled effort from distance going into the far corner imminently after kick-off.
Wes Hoolahan then equalised as he squirmed Kyle Naughton’s cross past Wojciech Szczesny, who ought to have done better with it.
Hoolahan wasn’t done pulling the strings. 15 minutes after his own strike, the City midfielder set up Grant Holt to canon a deflected shot off Kieran Gibbs and into the net for 2-1.
2-1 it stayed until the 72nd minute, when some last-ditch defending from Russell Martin and Ryan Bennett wasn’t enough to hold off the wave of Gunners attacks. Alexandre Song eventually lifted a pass over the top to Robin Van Persie, who beat the offside trap and beat John Ruddy at the far post. 2-2.
The home crowd breathed a sigh of relief when the ball dropped kindly to Van Persie again in the 18-yard box, the Dutchman making no mistake to hit it into the roof of the net and give Arsenal a 3-2 lead with ten minutes to go.
City only needed five. Bennett brought the visitors forward, picking out Jonny Howson, who in turn scooped the ball over to Morison. The forward still had a lot to do from a tight angle, but made his finish look easy with a cool shot into the far corner.
Limbs in the away end in North London, and that’s not the first time we’ve said that here in 2020!