Premier League football returned after a long international break and the Gunners came into the game second in the table after Liverpool went top after their 2-2 draw against Newcastle United; they intended to reclaim that top spot as they chased the three points at the Emirates Stadium.
They started brightly in the first quarter of the game and looked dangerous. They were rewarded soon in the 19th minute as Jack Wilshere scored a picturesque and typical Arsenal goal following some beautiful passing and linking up with Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. The Englishman received the ball from Cazorla and after a quick exchange of flicks with Giroud, beat the Norwich defense easily and glided the ball past John Ruddy for the opener.
Norwich looked threatening at the closing stages of the first half, and continued their pressure in the initial stages of the second one. However, Arsenal sensed that and replied back with a second goal from summer signing Mesut Ozil. The German picked the ball up in the Arsenal half, launched it forward and sprinted around 50 yards to head Olivier Giroud’s cross to double Arsenal’s lead.
Norwich managed to respond though through a well taken goal from Howson in the 70th minute to set up what looked like a nervy finish to the game, but it was not meant to be as the league leaders changed gears and went to super mode. The Gunners started bombarding the Norwich goal, only for Ruddy to keep the score at 2-1.
He was however beaten by Ramsey, as the in-form Welshman scored a wonderful solo goal as he dummied his way past three defenders, then to perform yet another drop of his shoulder to throw off one more oncoming defender and slotted the ball past a helpless Ruddy to establish more daylight between the two teams.
Ozil sealed the result after scoring his second goal of the game from close range, after substitute Tomas Rosicky’s cross was met by Ramsey, who unselfishly laid it out on a plate for Ozil to tap in, taking Arsenal to the top of the table and opening up a two point lead at the summit over their nearest rivals.