Arsenal gunned down by Norwich City – Arsene Wenger without an excuse
Arsene Wenger and Co. were unable to come back from against Norwich City after their star striker Grant Holt provided them with an early lead at Carrow Road on Saturday. Arsene Wenger later admitted that their opponents deserved to be the victors of the day.
The surprise 1-0 defeat comes as a big blow to Arsenal’s campaign to enter the Top 4 of English Premier League. Chelsea leads the pack on top of the table with Manchester United and Manchester City battling neck to neck for second place. Everton is still in the Top 4 as well.
Arsenal enjoyed lion’s share of ball possession and they managed to come up with a number of goal scoring opportunities as well, but Norwich City’s defense proved to be impregnable. This was Arsenal’s second Premier League defeat in three games.
Ironically, Arsenal can boast about the best defensive form in the Premier League, yet they were taken down by a side whose defensive rating are second-worst in the Premier League.
“Norwich had a good defensive performance, were focused and committed,” Arsene Wenger said. “We had a lot of the ball, but did not create much with it, which was a disappointing performance for us.
“I felt we lacked a bit of sharpness. We missed what makes the success at the top level, that is complete focus and they were sharper than us. We do not blame anybody, made many mistakes today. We have to put that performance behind us and realise that is not good enough.
“The attitude of the team has been excellent, but that was not at the level of what we have produced until now, it was the first time of the season we were way below par. We have to come out with a difference performance in the Champions League game [against Schalke] on Wednesday night.”
As for the Norwich City boss Chris Hughton, he finally led his men to the first league victory the season. With this victory Norwich City are now out of the relegation zone in the Premier League.
“This has been a long time coming, which our performances have warranted,” Chris Hughton said. “However, this league is unforgiving. I am delighted for the team, because the work-rate was outstanding and there is no coincidence in the result.
“We could have caught them on the counter more and made life easier for ourselves towards the end, but overall we restricted them and so it was a very satisfactory performance. We have deserved this by our play this season so far, so it is a very good feeling to get the win here at Carrow Road for the supporters.”