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Aubameyang brace rescues Arsenal a draw at Norwich

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Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in charge as caretaker manager ended in a underwhelming manner, seeing Arsenal only manage to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw against relegation residing Norwich city.

 

It was yet another unconvincing performance from Arsenal on the whole. Albeit in a post Unai Emery era Arsenal’s defensive woes continued to haunt them.

Arsenal started the game on the front foot threatening the Norwich goal within the opening phases of the match, Shkodran Mustafi’s header being cleared off the line in the 10th minute. However Teemu Pukki opened the scoring for the canaries against the run of play with a deflected strike coming in the 21st minute. Arsenal equalised just eight minutes later from the penalty spot with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finding the net on his second attempt taking the penalty. VAR stating the penalty needed to be retaken due to encroachment in the box on his first saved effort.

Canaries midfielder Todd Cantwell restored the home sides lead just on the stroke of half time. Arsenal however hit back once again through Aubameyang’s close range strike in the 57th minute.

Norwich could have taken the lead just a few minutes later, Kenny Mclean’s shot from just inside the box being tremendously saved by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Leno managing a fine string of saves in the latter stages of the second half, rescuing Arsenal a point on road.

 

 

Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Reading. An avid footballer, he spent time under the FAW academy programme as well as Cardiff Corinthians. Later going on to play for his university and Wellington United whilst residing in New Zealand. He currently resides in Frome, Somerset. You can contact him at jake@sportingferret.com

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