Danny Welbeck eased the pressure off Arsene Wenger as Arsenal added more misery to Norwich’s relegation nightmares, with a 1-0 victory at the Emirates on Saturday.
Welbecks Goal Celebration/BBC Sport
It took only three minutes for substitute Danny Welbeck to seal the victory for Arsenal, on Wengers 750th Premier League game in charge of the club.
Black Scarf Movement, RedAction and The Arsenal Supporters Trust fan clubs all voiced their concerns over the clubs stagnation during the 12th minute of the game. But the banners were overhauled by boos and a chorus of ‘we love you Arsenal we do’ by the majority of fans who declined joining in with the protest.
Arsenal protest deemed unsuccessful amongst the majority of fans/Stuart McFarlane
Arsenals victory over the Canaries leapfrogged them into third place, moving within two points of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur – who play Chelsea away on Monday.
Danny Welbeck was the star of the show after unexpectedly replacing Alex Iwobi, who was surrounded by disgruntled fans, expecting Olivier Giroud to take a back seat instead. But the introduction of the English International lifted Girouds woes when his knockdown header found Welbeck who volleyed home the opening goal.
Although Olivier Giroud provided 1 assist against the Canaries, he has not scored a goal in 15 league games – his worst performance to date.
Olivier Giroud’s goal tally worsens/ Stuart McFarlane
It was an unconvincing win from the Gunners as the Canaries looked like the bigger threat in the first half. After Danny Welbecks opening goal in the second half, Arsenal grew in confidence in an attempt to put the game to bed with a fighting relegation side.
Mesut Ozil picked out Alexis Sanchez on the counter attack with a world class pass, but the little Chilean could only fire his shot straight at John Ruddy.
Ozil struck a sweet volley over the bar in the 73rd minute which was Arsenals closest attempt to finish the game. But the goal from Welbeck was enough to ease the pressure off Arsene Wenger and the Canaries now have three games to save their season.
Cech (8), Bellerin (7), Mertesacker (5), Koscielny (7), Monreal (6), Ramsey (5), Elneny (7), Sanchez (5), Ozil (7) Iwobi (7), Giroud (4)
Gabriel (5), Welbeck (9), Coquelin (5)
Man of the match
Danny Welbeck celebrates the opening goal/Stuart McFarlane