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Arsenal 4-0 Norwich City: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores two

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first Premier League goal since 23 February
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first Premier League goals since 23 February

A howler by goalkeeper Tim Krul helped set Arsenal on their way to a win that lifts them up to seventh as bottom club Norwich City's hopes of staying in the Premier League faded further.

Dutchman Krul lost possession to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the edge of his own penalty area for Arsenal's opener, the Gabon forward whipping the ball from his feet to score his 18th top-flight goal of the season.

Aubameyang then turned provider for Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka to sweep home his first club goal since March 2019 before Aubameyang added another after a mistake by Josip Drmic.

Cedric Soares completed the rout, the substitute scoring from outside the penalty area 229 seconds after coming on for his Gunners debut.

Norwich, seven points from safety with six games left, hit the woodwork through Ben Godfrey when the game was goalless, while Emiliano Martinez produced a fine save to keep out Kenny McLean's free-kick.

Aubameyang inspires Gunners

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Arsenal 4-0 Norwich: Mikel Arteta 'positive' about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang future

This was a highly satisfactory return to the Emirates Stadium for Mikel Arteta's side as they marked their first competitive home match since 7 March with an easy win.

Having lost their first two matches after the restart, the Gunners have now won their past three, have an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to, while Aubameyang is level on 19 goals with Leicester's Jamie Vardy at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.

His first was a gift, Krul easily dispossessed after a back pass by Godfrey as Aubameyang steamed in to score before laying on the pass for Xhaka to double the lead before half-time.

Another mistake, this time by Swiss forward Drmic, allowed Aubameyang to pounce for the third, with Soares rounding off an emphatic win with the goal of the night from distance.

Aubameyang, the fastest Arsenal player to 50 Premier League goals, is yet to pledge his long-term future to the Gunners, with his current contract due to expire in 2021.

The Gunners will hope he can be persuaded to stay after another inspirational performance by the forward, who has 51 league goals for Arsenal in 79 games.

Hope fading for Norwich

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Arsenal 4-0 Norwich: Daniel Farke bemoans Canaries' lack of quality

With three successive games against fellow strugglers Brighton (home), Watford (away) and West Ham (home) to come, Norwich will still believe they can turn it around.

But it looks increasingly likely the Canaries will be making a quick return to the Championship, which they won last season.

This was their fourth straight defeat since the re-start, while they have not scored a top-flight goal for more than six hours.

League defeat number 21 of the season was self-inflicted as mistakes by Krul and Drmic contributed to their latest downfall.

Boss Daniel Farke made a triple change at half-time and there was a brief period when Norwich looked like they might respond, but it was a familiar outcome for the Canaries.

They are a team short of confidence while their leading scorer Teemu Pukki, one of the three players replaced at half-time, has not scored in his last 10 outings, playing 657 minutes, attempting 15 shots, with just five hitting the target.

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  • Soares netted 229 seconds into his debut for the Gunners, his strike meaning he has as many Premier League goals for Arsenal as he managed in 120 appearances while at Southampton (10,090 minutes).
  • Since losing to Chelsea in Arteta's first game in charge at the Emirates, Arsenal have won five of their past six Premier League games at home (D1), including winning four in a row for the first time since April 2019.
  • Norwich's defeat at the Emirates was their 100th Premier League loss in their 174th match away from home.
  • Since joining Arsenal in 2018, Aubameyang has scored 14 goals in 14 games against sides starting the day in the Premier League relegation zone, netting twice both home and away versus Norwich this season.
  • Norwich have lost six of their last seven Premier League games and not scored in each of those defeats, with the Canaries suffering four straight league defeats without a goal for the first time since May 2016.

What's next?

While Arsenal are away at in-form Wolves on Saturday (17:30 BST), Norwich host Brighton in a huge game at Carrow Road in the day's early kick-off (12:30 BST).

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 26MartínezBooked at 63mins
  • 20MustafiSubstituted forHoldingat 45'minutes
  • 23David Luiz
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 2BellerínSubstituted forCédric Soaresat 77'minutes
  • 8Ceballos
  • 34Xhaka
  • 3Tierney
  • 24NelsonSubstituted forWillockat 58'minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forNketiahat 76'minutes
  • 14AubameyangSubstituted forPépéat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 16Holding
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 19Pépé
  • 28Willock
  • 30Nketiah
  • 33Macey
  • 77Saka

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 4Godfrey
  • 27Tettey
  • 12Lewis
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forIdahat 45'minutes
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forHernándezat 45'minutes
  • 7RuppBooked at 31minsSubstituted forVrancicat 75'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 23McLeanBooked at 27mins
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forStiepermannat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forDrmicat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Vrancic
  • 11Hernández
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 20Drmic
  • 25Duda
  • 33McGovern
  • 35Idah
  • 41Thomas
  • 56Martin
Referee:
Peter Bankes

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 4, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 4, Norwich City 0.

Attempt missed. Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Mario Vrancic.

Booking

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joseph Willock (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Vrancic (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Joseph Willock (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Nicolas Pépé replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alexander Tettey.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 4, Norwich City 0. Cédric Soares (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Onel Hernández.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Aarons (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Cédric Soares replaces Héctor Bellerín.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Alexandre Lacazette.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann replaces Todd Cantwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Lukas Rupp.

Attempt missed. Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Todd Cantwell.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 3, Norwich City 0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Joseph Willock (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Josip Drmic (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

Booking

Emiliano Martínez (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joseph Willock (Arsenal).

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal).

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

VAR Decision: No Penalty Norwich City.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Joseph Willock replaces Reiss Nelson.

Offside, Norwich City. Todd Cantwell tries a through ball, but Jamal Lewis is caught offside.

Foul by Kieran Tierney (Arsenal).

Lukas Rupp (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Idah.

Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool31282170214986
2Man City31203877334463
3Leicester32167960312955
4Chelsea321661057441354
5Man Utd321410851312052
6Wolves321313645341152
7Arsenal32111384741646
8Tottenham31129105041945
9Burnley32136133645-945
10Sheff Utd31111193031-144
11Everton32128124047-744
12Crystal Palace32119122837-942
13Newcastle32119123343-1042
14Southampton32124164155-1440
15Brighton32712133444-1033
16West Ham3286183856-1830
17Watford32610162949-2028
18Aston Villa3276193660-2427
19Bournemouth3276193054-2427
20Norwich3256212560-3521
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