Norwich 1-1 Arsenal: History…repeated
Arsenal provided a wonderful demonstration of pure Arsenalism, drawing 1-1 at Carrow Road.
The Gunners could have moved level on points with Barclays Premier League leading two Manchester City and Leicester however they had been held to a 1-1 draw by a battling house side.
Mesut Ozil opened the scoring only for Lewis Grabban to equalise ahead of half-time and Arsene Wenger’s afternoon went from bad to worse as Sanchez hobbled off using a hamstring problem.
The Gunners boss had already lost defender Laurent Koscielny early on but Sanchez is going to be an enormous miss if he is out for any length of time – with Wenger getting admitted the former Barcelona man had felt a “little hamstring alarm” right after the midweek win more than Dinamo Zagreb.
Norwich battled back from a slow start and deserved a share of the spoils, despite the fact that Alex Neil will feel his side created adequate clear chances to win the game and pull themselves further clear of these scrapping in the foot of the table.
The visitors have been capable to give Aaron Ramsey his initial start out in nearly six weeks and had Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench with both having recovered from hamstring troubles.
But their wretched luck with injuries continued as Laurent Koscielny was forced off with less than 10 minutes gone right after clashing with Lewis Grabban.
Each Ozil and Olivier Giroud spurned early probabilities for the visitors following a strong start out from Wenger’s side ahead of the visitors finally forced John Ruddy into action just before the half-hour mark as Sanchez stung the palms on the England goalkeeper with a rasping work.
The opener came just moments later as Gary O’Neil failed to manage Ruddy’s poor clearance and Sanchez once more provided the assist for Ozil, who completed calmly.
Norwich lastly started to stir and Robbie Brady tested Petr Cech as he curled within a right-footed work which the Arsenal goalkeeper pushed away on the stretch.
The Republic of Ireland international was essential to Norwich’s equaliser from the subsequent attack as he played the ball in to the area where Grabban was also powerful for substitute Gabriel and slotted dwelling a easy finish on his initially league begin because the opening weekend of the season.
The Canaries should really happen to be ahead at the interval but Wes Hoolahan somehow turned over Andre Wisdom’s cross from 3 yards out as he ghosted in unmarked in the back-post.
The second-half began far more evenly and neither side came close to taking the lead prior to Sanchez pulled up lame as Wenger’s risk of playing his talisman backfired and he limped off to become replaced by Joel Campbell.
The loss of Sanchez seemed to knock Arsenal’s self-assurance and Alex Neil’s side set about taking full benefit.
Gabriel pretty much headed Martin Olsson’s cross into his personal aim only for Cech to create a gorgeous save, with Jonny Howson volleying the resulting corner over the crossbar.
Despite forcing the issue, Norwich could not come across a late winner as Arsenal have been left hanging on to take a point home on their plane back to London.