Arsenal and Norwich City had to settle for a draw after a truly sensational second half at the Emirates today. A double from Robin Van Persie had the Gunners believing they'd turned a corner and clawed their way to three points, but substitute Steve Morison grabbed a late equalizer for The Canaries.
Both teams continued the second half at a frenetic pace with chances at both ends but it was the vsitors who squandered the best one as Simeon Jackson beat Laurent Koscielny far too easily, but when one-on-one with Wojciech Szczesney the striker could only power straight at the Pole.
Yossi Benayoun, who opened the scoring in the first half, wasted a great chance on 56 minutes when a freekick was floated into the area, but the Israeli's free header went straight into the arms of John Ruddy.
Right back up to the other end, a minute later, the visitors wasted yet more chances. First Kyle Naughton smashed across goal when if the ball was just a bit more controlled Jackson would surely have got his outstretched foot on the end of it. Seconds later, Wes Hoolahan was through on the end of Grant Holt's chip but could only guide the ball a yard wide of the post.
Arsenal's turn to show their profligacy on 60 minutes when Benayoun danced through the challenges in the area, found Robin Van Persie who finished weakly into the feet of Ruddy. With the ball not clear, Alex Song crossed into the area, and Aaron Ramsey just couldn't get his foot on the ball to tap into an open net.
Despite the lack of goals, this was a second half you just couldn't take your eyes off for a moment.
Robin Van Persie fired a shot wide on his unfavored right foot on 64 minutes, and in the same minute Tomas Rosicky shot wide from the edge of the area as things heated up and the home side became even more desperate for a breakthrough.
Eventually, after some unrelenting pressure, Robin Van Persie drew his side level at 2-2 after 71 minutes. After a scramble in the area, Alex Song chipped over the defence to Van Persie, who had delayed his run into the box for an easy finish beyond Ruddy.
Unbelievably, Arsenal took the lead on 79 minutes when Robin Van Persie, so often the hero for Arsenal, was once again with his 30th goal of the season. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain's cross was initially over hit to the Dutchman, however it was eventually recovered by the hosts, and after a very lucky deflection into his path, Van Persie's shot was just far too powerful for Ruddy to stop, sending Gunners fans into raptures.
Their joy wouldn't last though, and with five minutes remaining, substitute Steve Morison equalized for Norwich with his first goal in 14 games. January signing Jonny Howson played a delicious ball over the top to Morison, who in acres of space lashed the ball across Szczesney.
As said earlier, this second half was one not to take your eyes off with all the chances, goals and tasty tackles. With just minutes remaining there was nearly another twist in the tale as Van Persie, onside and unmarked, could only fire straight at Ruddy from 10-yards out.
Referee Anthony Taylor had a reluctance to give a penalty in the first half, and he continued that in the second as Arsenal were denied a spot kick in the 88th minute. The cross came in from Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho was a second too slow to get to it at the front post, and with the goal begging, Van Persie appeared to be tripped by Naughton at the far post, denying a certain goal, and perhaps winner for Arsenal, although the way this game was going anything was possible.
Even Alex Song tried an audacious back heel from six-yards out in the dying moments of the game, Marouane Chamakh nearly scored during a goalmouth scramble, Kieran Gibbs found himself only able to head straight at Ruddy in injury time, but nothing would come as the referee blew for full time after an incredible game.
Arsenal fail to win for the fourth game in a row, and now a third place finish in the Premier League is out of their hands. As for Norwich, a heck of a lot of credit to them for fighting right the way to the final minute, and they can chalk this up as another great day in their return to the Premier League.
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