Ramsey and Jenkinson give Arsenal moments to savour in Norwich win

17:00 11 May 2014

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates. Picture: PA Wire

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates. Picture: PA Wire

PA Wire

Premier League: Norwich 0 Arsenal 2

Aaron Ramsey netted a stunning volley and Carl Jenkinson scored his first goal for Arsenal as the Gunners rounded off their Premier League campaign with an easy victory over relegated Norwich.

Ramsey’s brilliant opener arrived early in the second half when he met Olivier Giroud’s cross with a rasping, diagonal drive that flew into the top corner, leaving Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy with no chance.

It was the talismanic Welshman’s 15th goal of the campaign, and another reminder of what might have been had he avoided injury earlier in the campaign.

Just under 10 minutes later, boyhood Arsenal fan Jenkinson celebrated wildly in front of the travelling fans after poking home his first senior Gunners goal from close range.

There was another rare sight for Arsenal not long afterwards, when midfielder Abou Diaby came off the bench for his first appearance of the campaign to cap an enjoyable afternoon for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Despite having little left to play for and with the FA Cup final against Hull just under a week away, Wenger fielded a strong side, with Per Mertesacker, Wojciech Szczesny and Santi Cazorla the only players rested.

Bacary Sagna replaced Mertesacker at centre-back, with Jenkinson slotting in on the right, and Lukasz Fabianski was given an opportunity to impress in goal ahead of the trip to Wembley.

With the home side’s relegation confirmed earlier this week, the atmosphere around Carrow Road was understandably subdued – with most of the noise coming from the vocal Arsenal contingent in one corner.

There was an end-of-season feel on the pitch too, with Nathan Redmond’s snap-shot the only effort on target as the two sides laboured through the first 20 minutes.

Arsenal gradually began to come to life, however, and John Ruddy made the first of string of saves to deny Lukas Podolski in the 27th minute after the German combined cleverly with Olivier Giroud.

A few minutes later Ruddy came to Norwich’s rescue again when he tipped Giroud’s effort over the bar. It was wasteful finishing form the Frenchman, who had time and space to pick his spot.

Aaron Ramsey was the next Arsenal player to work an opening, but he was denied by a heroic block from Michael Turner just inside the Norwich box.

In the 40th minute, Giroud span away from his marker 25 yards from goal and fired a curling effort towards the top corner which brought another good save from Ruddy.

Norwich were breached just eight minutes into the second half when Ramsey’s stunning volley lit up Carrow Road after a perfectly weighted pass from Giroud.

It was a Marco Van Basten-esque finish from Ramsey, but the Jenkinson eclipsed the midfielder in the celebration stakes as he slid on his knees in front of the Arsenal fans after scoring the second.

Norwich substitute Jamar Loza and Robert Snodgrass both forced saves from Fabianski in the closing stages, but the visitors held on to keep a clean sheet.

Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky (Diaby 74), Ramsey (Wilshere 63), Ozil, Podolski, Giroud (Sanogo 74). Subs not used: Szczesny, Monreal, Kallstrom, Flamini.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 14:34

Spurs played out their second goalless draw in the space of five days after a 0-0 tie against Bournemouth on the south coast. Here are five talking points.

Fri, 16:00

Spencer McCall is immediately targeting a new objective – avenging Hendon’s opening day defeat to Worthing – after their FA Cup dreams evaporated at Boreham Wood.

Fri, 07:00

Hampstead & Westminster captain Toby Roche has set his side the target of joining club hockey’s European elite after emerging as the league’s surprise package this season.

Thu, 22:30

Mauricio Pochettino says he is happy with Dele Alli’s goal return and insists the midfielder should not be expected to score as regularly as a striker.

Thu, 14:16

Mauricio Pochettino feels summer signing Vincent Janssen might be putting too much pressure on himself as he bids to end his dry run in front of goal, and the Tottenham manager says the Dutchman simply needs some encouragement and patience.

Thu, 12:00

A fixture between Toulon and Saracens is always billed as a blockbuster – and Saturday’s pool three Champions Cup opener certainly lived up to the pre-game excitement.

Wed, 21:51

Arsenal’s first match against Bulgarian opposition was a successful one, as Arsene Wenger’s men ran out comfortable 6-0 winners on matchday three of the Uefa Champions League group stage.

Wed, 17:00

Hendon boss Gary McCann admits he is “embarrassed” by Hendon’s lowly league placing – but he expects it to change as players return from injury and suspension.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now