Norwich City 1 Arsenal 0

Arsenal suffered their first away defeat of the season as Grant Holt tucked away the only goal of the game after Vito Manone failed to hold onto Alexander Tettey’s long range effort. Given the Gunner’s response in similar circumstances at Upton Park prior to the international break, Arsenal fans felt a response would be forthcoming. However against a spirited Canaries, the Gunners failed to fire and quite possibly produced one of the worst displays in Arsene Wenger’s time in England.

So full of momentum prior to the international break, this was a game which seemed to catch Arsenal early, and as a team they were unable to respond. Wenger was scathing in his post match comments.

“Norwich defended very well with good spirit and good organisation. We had a lot of the ball but we didn’t do a lot with it. Our offensive performance today was very very poor.

” I wouldn’t use the international break for our defeat today. We weren’t in the game from the start and started to get into it when we were 1-0 down. It was the type of game where it was important not to be 1-0 down. Offensively we didn’t win the decisive fights and after that we didn’t do enough without the ball,” said Wenger.

” It was negative possession which was going nowhere. You can always find excuses when you lose a game but overall Norwich a wanted it more than us and that’s the result of the game. We have to put that behind us and go focus on our next game,” he contined.

Lukas Podolski saw an early long range effort whipped wide of John Ruddy’s upright as the Gunners tried to assert their dominance. It was to no avail however as the home side went in search of their first Premiership win of the season

When the Gunners ‘s defence failed to close down Tettey ‘s powerful strike which Manone could only palm into the danger zone, Holt nedeed no second invitation before side footing in the rebound

The home side should have doubled their lead but Michael Turner headed wide from Anthony Pilkington’s corner. Still you felt that Arsenal would turn their superior possession to their advantage, but Ruddy would not have expected to have been this quiet in the Norwich goal. Carl Jenkinson and Gervinho combined for a chance that Olivier Giroud mistimesd and saw his shot fall tamely wide.

When there was a need for Arsenal to show that they could dig deep with the type of performance that we saw at Anfield and the Etihad, there seemed to be nothing in the tank. Wenger saw substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain substituted nine minutes after coming with a leg injury. Jack Wilshire was on the bench after fourteen months out with injuries, but Wenger brought on German teenager Serge Gnarbry for his Premiership debut. The pacy youngster almost had the perfect introduction, but Norwich saw two further Holt chances go begging after Thomas Vermaelen slipped.

Late on, Mikel Arteta got hold of the ball and let fly, but unlike Manone, Ruddy and Norwich held firm.