Search

Ramsey and Jenkinson give Arsenal moments to savour in Norwich win

17:00 11 May 2014

Arsenal

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.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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 Sport Stories

Mauricio Pochettino has urged his player to focus and cut out the errors that have undermined their start to the season

Mauricio Pochettino says basic defensive errors are to blame for Tottenham’s slow start to the season – not their tardiness in finishing their transfer business.

Alex Pritchard has been getting up to speed in training but could be involved against Everton tomorrow

Mauricio Pochettino says Alex Pritchard has effectively been undergoing a pre-season programme after recovering from his ankle injury and could be included in tomorrow’s first-team squad against Everton.

Fri, 12:00
Paul Stirling of Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright Photography

Paul Stirling is seeking a prolonged run in the Middlesex side over the coming weeks to stake his claim for a regular four-day slot.

Mauricio Pochettino:

Mauricio Pochettino has likened Tottenham’s efforts to sign a striker to falling in love and finding ‘the one’.

Most read sport

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

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder