Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger expressed his happiness in the manner in which his side saw off the challenge of Norwich, but admitted the gunners had to endure some nervy moments in the game.
Goals from Jack Wilshere, – who capped off a sublime team move – Aaron Ramsey and a brace from Mesut Ozil helped Arsenal to return to the top of the table and the manager said his side showed their quality in the 1st and last half-hours of the game.
“The 1st goal was one of the best I’ve seen”, said the 63 year old Frenchman. “It was a mixture of technical quality and speedy thinking”.
“We had a difficult period between minutes 30 and 60. Norwich is a good team”.
Speaking on the club’s official website, Wenger also lauded the attitude and team spirit that saw his side overcome the tense moments of the game, and believes there’s more to come, when his squad has a clean bill of health.
“Our belief is strengthened by every win. There’s a long way to go. We have to keep our solidarity. Don’t forget at the moment that we don’t have Walcott, Chamberlain or Podolski”.
Arsenal now have a two point lead at the top of the table after 8 games. The gunners now turn their attention to the Uefa Champions League (UCL), where they host 2013 UCL finalists, Borrussia Dortmund, in the group stage of the UCL on Tuesday, 22nd October.
Arsenal vs Norwich player ratings:
Arsenal this afternoon recorded an impressive 4-1 victory over Norwich after having to endure some nervy moments at some points in the game. Here are my player ratings:
Wojciech Szczesny: Made a string of fine saves, especially in the 1st half. Was also sharp and domineering on set-pieces. Might be disappointed for being beaten in his near post. 7/10
Bacary Sagna: but for his poor sense of judgment to put Szczesny under pressure at some point in the 1st half, the Frenchman looked solid as ever and provided width going forward. Can do better with his crossing. 6/10
Per Mertesacker: Assured performance from the big German. Dealt with almost everything in the air and led the back 4 well. 7/10
Laurent Koscielny: Like his partner, Koscielny produced a solid display at the back. Alive and alert to anticipate danger and used his speed to great advantage today. 7/10
Kieran Gibbs: Not the most convincing performance from Kieran especially going forward, with his final ball often letting him down in the 1st half. Should have gotten tighter to Howson for Norwich’s goal. 6/10
Mikel Arteta: Like Arsenal, the stand-in captain started the game impressively, but lost his composure later in the 1st half. Didn’t possess the calm we needed at times and uncharacteristically gave the ball away on a couple of occasions, but became more purposeful after the hour mark. 6/10.
Mathieu Flamini: The Frenchman gave a typical all action performance before being subbed off due to a collision. 6/10.
Jack Wilshere: Proved his critics wrong with his trademark drive and craft. Beginning to enjoy his football on the wings and was on the end of breathtaking move to give Arsenal the lead. 8.5
Mesut Ozil: Yet another classy display from Ozil. Did almost everything right in the final 3rd. Made intelligent off the ball runs with his pace, which got him a brace. 9/10.
Santi Cazorla: A bit rusty performance from the cunning Spaniard but was involved with Arsenal’s 1st two goals Subbed off after 59 mins. 6/10
Olivier Giroud: Highly impressive performance from the in-form striker. Set-up Arsenal’s 1st two brilliantly with deft and inch perfect touches and crosses respectively. Could have scored, were it not for the brilliance of Norwich goalkeeper, John Ruddy. 8/10.
Subs: Aaron Ramsey: Took some time to get into the game but ran the visitors to shreds when he got into the grove. Showed fantastic composure and skill to get his goal, and un-selfishness for Ozil’s 2nd. In the form of his life. 9/10.
Tomas Rosicky: Lively display from the 33 year old and kept things ticking when he came on. Produced the cross which led to Arsenal’s 4th. Great option to have on the
Nicklas Bendtner: Came on with 12 minutes left and had little time to impact the game. 6/10.