Arsenal started with the attacking trio of Giroud, Podolski and Gervinho to take the fight to Norwich and take advantage of their fragile confidence. Ramsey got the nod alongside Cazorla and Arteta in the middle with plenty of options, including Wilshere, on the bench.
Chris Houghton had his players fired up and they set out to work hard and press Arsenal with a high tempo. The Gunners ettled in to their passing style and kept patiently probing for an opening. There was hardly a chance to speak of until the 19th minute when Arsenal allowed Tettey room to have a shot. Mannone was deceived and spilled it into the path of Holt for a simple tap in and suddenly we were behind.
Arsenal seemed to be lacking a bit of zip and were finding it hard to fashion anything in the final third.It could have got worse for Arsenal when Turner had a free header from a corner but he put it wide. Too many players were having an off day and they gave Norwich too much encouragement.
It was no better at the start of the second half and Arsenal nearly got punished again but Hoolahan was offside. We were in dire need of something to change the pattern but it was Norwich who were getting closer to a goal. Wenger finally reacted by bringing Oxlade-Chamberlain on for the ineffective Podolski but it could easily have been Gervinho.
His first touch was the most direct that Arsenal had been all day but he pulled up and had to off 10 minutes later. Arsenal were just letting the game slip away without a fight and Ruddy had not even made a decent save. Wenger took his last throw of the dice by bringing on the young German Gnabry for his Premier league debut.
Gervinho finally got a good chance but it was well blocked. All in all, it was a thoroughly miserable day. Another injury, no goals, no points, no good!