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Match Previews

Match Preview: Norwich City v Arsenal

29 November 2019

Norwich City host Arsenal at Carrow Road on Sunday (2pm KO) in the visitors' first Premier League game since Unai Emery was sacked from his position as manager of the Gunners.

Our Match Preview includes insight from a local journalist to discuss the opposition in detail, an overview of this fixture’s history, and a look at who will be the man in the middle.

There are also details for Arsenal fans travelling to Norwich, including security information, as well as a guide on how to follow the action for those who aren’t at the ground.

The opposition

Freddie Ljungberg will takeover from Emery as interim head coach, starting with this weekend’s game in Norfolk.

The Gunners currently find themselves eight points adrift of the top four in the Premier League, having failed to win any of their last five games in the topflight.

Arsenal started the season respectably as far as results are concerned, picking up points where they’d expect to in the first eight games, other than a draw to Watford away. However, since then, Emery’s side lost two away games to Sheffield United and Leicester City, and drew three matches at home to Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton.

Midweek Europa League defeat at home to Frankfurt was the final nail in the coffin for Emery at Arsenal, who was sacked by the club on Friday morning.

For a more detailed look at the Gunners, read our Ask the Expert interview with The Athletic’s James McNicholas by clicking here.

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Head-to-head

History doesn’t flatter Norwich City as far as this fixture is concerned. Of the 58 meetings between the two sides since 1952, City have won 11, drawn 19 and lost 28.

However, City’s best results against the Gunners in recent history have come at Carrow Road, with 2015’s 1-1 draw the only point to celebrate since 2012’s 1-0 win over Arsene Wenger’s side.

Last time they met, Arsenal emerged with a 2-1 win in the Carabao Cup in 2017 as Josh Murphy’s opener was cancelled out by an Eddie Nketiah brace at the Emirates Stadium.

Ref watch

Paul Tierney will be the man in the middle for Sunday’s fixture. Tierney has overseen ten Premier League games, one Championship game, one Europa League game and one EFL Cup game so far this season, handing out 42 yellow cards across those matches. Tierney is yet to show his first red card this season.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game for our 2-0 defeat at West Ham United in August, when he handed out just three yellow cards.

For this weekend’s fixture, his assistants will be Constantine Hatzidakis and Harry Lennard, with Gavin Ward the fourth official. Michael Oliver and Neil Davies will be overseeing VAR.

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Info for supporters

The Junior Canaries Family FanZone will open at 11.30am and close at 1.30pm ahead of Sunday’s game.

For fans seated in blocks C and D of the Barclay Stand, a large “Pride of Anglia” banner will be held up over said areas as the players walk out of the tunnel (1.54pm approx).

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away fans now have a dedicated venue to attend prior to the match kicking off. The Waterfront, situated on King Street, has a beer garden with a licensed bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food vendors.

Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.

How to follow

For Sunday’s #NR1Live, Darren Eadie will be joined in the studio by Academy manager Steve Weaver and Jeremy Goss. The show starts at 1.30pm and fans can subscribe here.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Match Reports

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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