Bukayo Saka With A Brace As Five-Star Arsenal Stun Norwich City. Arsenal won their fourth Premier League match in a row, cruising to a comfortable victory at Carrow Road and adding to the anguish of bottom-placed Norwich. After six minutes, Bukayo Saka scored the game’s first goal, guiding a low shot past Angus Gunn at the conclusion of a swift Arsenal move.
Saka’s goal, then put Kieran Tierney through for the visitors’ second shortly before halftime. Mikel Arteta’s team sealed off a comfortable win with a penalty from Alexandre Lacazette and a stoppage-time goal from substitute Emile Smith Rowe.
The Gunners preserved a six-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur, while Norwich must recover after suffering their 12th defeat of the season. Arsenal can now celebrate back-to-back away league victories for the first time this season, while also sitting six points clear inside the Champions League spots.
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Gunn was making his first Premier League start for Norwich, and his first since allowing nine goals in Southampton’s defeat to Leicester, and he’d be pulling the ball out of his net a couple more times.
Norwich fought well for most of the first half, but the game drifted away just as they appeared to have Arsenal spooked when Granit Xhaka and Ben White reacted to tackles.
As half-time neared, another superb ball from Odegaard allowed Tierney to burst into the area and strike low across Gunn for his fourth goal for the club.
Norwich, who are still in the relegation zone with 10 points, never looked like mounting an inspiring second-half comeback as Mikel Arteta’s side kept on posing attacking threats at the Canaries.
Norwich had not played since 14 December, when their trip to West Ham had been postponed due to Covid instances and injuries in the team.
Dean Smith, speaking before Arsenal’s visit to Carrow Road, called the Premier League’s packed Christmas schedule as “lunacy” in light of the recent increase of Covid cases, and his team is back in action on Tuesday against Crystal Palace.
Smith, on the other hand, has a lot to think about when it comes to his team’s issues on the opposite side of the ball. They’ve now gone four games without scoring and have only scored eight goals all season, with top scorer Teemu Pukki getting only 23 touches against Arsenal.