Full-time: Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City

  • Danny Welbeck gave Arsenal the win after coming on as a sub.
  • Gunners fans stage protest against manager Arsene Wenger.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in eight league games, move up to third in the table.
Welbeck celebrates his goal
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Full-time: Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City

So, Arsenal seal three much-needed points amid a strange atmosphere at the Emirates, where sections of the fans have clearly turned against Arsene Wenger.

Anyway, Danny Welbeck's second-half strike proved to be the difference for the Gunners, who have moved a significant step closer to Champions League football next season.

Danny Welbeck scoring the winning goal
Danny Welbeck scoring the winning goalGetty Images


We're into four minutes of added time. Can Arsenal hang on?

Mohamed Elneny rues a missed chance
Mohamed Elneny rues a missed chanceGetty Images


Norwich are making another change. It's a centre-back for another attack-minded player. Alex Neil is desperate for a goal.


Naismith is fouled and the Canaries are awarded a freekick in a decent position. Nervous moments for Arsenal fans...

It's straight into the wall from Redmond - that was a woeful attempt.


Elneny takes a powerful right-footed shot at goal, but it is well saved by the goalkeeper.

With less than ten minutes to go, Arsene Wenger has decided to withdraw Alexis Sanchez, who goes straight down the tunnel. The Chilean doesn't look hugely happy about being subbed.

Coquelin is introduced in his place.

Alexis had a frustrating day
Alexis had a frustrating dayGetty Images


Another protest is being staged now against Wenger and the club's owners. The fans are making their voices felt today, that's for sure.

Alexis dribbles with the ball
Alexis dribbles with the ballGetty Images


Here comes the change. It's Norwich's big-money January signing coming on...


Alex Neil is weighing up another substitution. Norwich are desperate for an equaliser - it could be the difference between survival and relegation from the Premier League. Have they got a hero in their ranks?

Alexis Sanchez shoots at goal
Alexis Sanchez shoots at goalGetty Images


There are less than 20 minutes left at the Emirates now. A goal for either side will make a huge difference at both ends of the Premier League table.

Mesut Ozil goes close to a second goal for the Gunners, hitting a powerful volley from distance that flies over the top.

Arsene Wenger pleads for a foul
Arsene Wenger pleads for a foulGetty Images


Gabriel comes to Arsenal's rescue in style. The defender blocks a certain goal from Mbokani, who is only yards from the goal-line. He looked certain to score.


By the way, Arsenal scored with their first shot on target in this match. Meanwhile, no side has kept fewer clean sheets than Norwich in the Premier League this season.

Giroud celebrates Welbeck's goal
Giroud celebrates Welbeck's goalGetty Images


It must be said, Norwich don't look as threatening at the moment as they did in the first-half, when Redmond spurned a number of decent openings.

Anyway, the away side are making a switch...


Alexis - who has been very quiet this afternoon - hits an effort from distance but cannot add to his tally of goals for the season. The balls sails wide of the post.

Meanwhile, it looks like Alex Neil may be preparing to make a change.

Welbeck celebrates his goal
Welbeck celebrates his goalGetty Images


Time for Norwich to takes some risks now? There's less than half an hour left at the Emirates and the Canaries have nothing to lose at this stage.

Giroud assisted Welbeck's goal
Giroud assisted Welbeck's goalGetty Images


GOAL: Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City (Welbeck)

Arsenal take the lead through Danny Welbeck. Hector Bellerin made a good break down the right side and chipped the ball into the box, where Giroud nodded it into Welbeck's path.

The England man placed his right-footed volley into the corner of the net. He was on the field for less than four minutes when that hit the net.


It's all very samey from Arsenal at the moment. There's not enough imagination or spark on show.

As I type that, the ever-popular Danny Welbeck is preparing to come on. Iwobi is the man coming off, much to the annoyance of the fans - who I think wanted Giroud to make way.

Giroud complains of being fouled
Giroud complains of being fouledGetty Images


Per Mertesacker has gone down with an injury. It looks like a muscular problem and the big German cannot continue. Garbriel looks like the chosen replacement.


The first-half was the fourth time in last nine home Premier League games Arsenal haven't managed a single shot on target.

Giroud goes up for the ball
Giroud goes up for the ballGetty Images


We're back under way at the Emirates. Let's hope the second-half features more goalmouth action than the first!

Both sides are unchanged, by the way.

Arsene Wenger faces a crucial 45 minutes
Arsene Wenger faces a crucial 45 minutesGetty Images


Half-time: Arsenal 0-0 Norwich City

Arsenal have dominated the game in terms of possession, but Norwich have probably created the best chances. A strange atmosphere inside the stadium as the players trudge off.

A few boos and a few cheers. These are bizarre times to be a Gunners fan.

An Arsenal fan shows support for Wenger
An Arsenal fan shows support for WengerGetty Images


And now it's Nathan Redmond's turn, again. The winger hits a right-footed effort that just travels the wrong side of the post from a Norwich viewpoint. He has had three decent-ish chances in the opening 45 minutes.

We're into two minutes of added time, by the way.


Another opening for Norwich - and again, they have wasted it. On this occasion, Gary O'Neil plays a one-two on the edge of the box, but fluffs his lines at the crucial moment.

He lent back and skied his effort well over the bar. That's another warning for the Gunners, mind you.


A rare foray forward sees Nathan Redmond's volley saved by Petr Cech again. The Czech star punched the ball clear of his goal.

The scene at the Emirates
The scene at the EmiratesGetty Images


Less than five minutes until half-time now. Alex Neil will be pretty pleased with what he has seen from his side, even if they're not doing enough in the final third.

Arsenal fans are starting to get a little frustrated already.

Alex Neil talks to his players
Alex Neil talks to his playersGetty Images