Norwich v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: May 11, 2014 3.00 PM BST
A fairly subdued first half for the most part, with a few bright moments from Arsenal. Norwich keeper John Ruddy kept things level with a string of fantastic saves, but Arsenal didn’t do enough to be leading.
It was a tentative opening, Arsenal looking surprisingly cautious considering that there was absolutely nothing on the line. Ramsey was looking up for it, but his game was a little off for some reason. He was attempting a number of overly complicated back-heels and flicks round the corner, when a simple pass would do.
Fabianski, who was bizarrely in for Szczesny, made a decent save to deny a snap shot from Redmond, but the Polish keeper was largely untroubled in the first half; his defence keeping Norwich at bay.
Up the other end Giroud was working fantastically hard, looking the most likely to make something happen. After picking the ball up from Ramsey, he showed great feet to draw the defenders onto him before setting up Podolski. The German shot towards the near post, a great reaction save from Ruddy required to keep it out.
The Frenchman then had a fantastic chance of his own, a quick one-two with Podolski creating time and space for the shot. It was unclear whether the defender that slid in got a touch on it, but the shot still required yet another fantastic save from Ruddy to palm it away.
A Ramsey shot looked destined for the bottom corner via the gap in the defenders legs, but was blocked on the way through. Giroud also attempted a long shot, holding the ball up and turning smartly before curling a shot towards goal. Ruddy made an acrobatic dive to his right, again making the save. Giroud looking to the sky wondering what he had to do.
Arsenal have been notoriously late scorers this season, so hopefully the second half will provide more action. A big win would do wonders for our confidence going into the FA Cup final.
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