Arsenal extended their win-less run on the road in the Barclays Premier League to two games in succession after being held to a 1-1 score line by Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Arsenal went into the break at Carrow Road level after Mesut Ozil’s fourth goal of the season was cancelled out by Lewis Grabban and after the break, both sides failed to find the back of the net, sharing spoils at the end of 90 minutes.
Arsène Wenger made one change to the side that overcame Dinamo Zagreb in the midweek clash for the game against Norwich City.
With Francis Coquelin sidelined, there was a suggestion in that Ramsey would partner Santi Cazorla in central midfield, but instead the Wales international resumed his role on the right-hand side in a change that saw Joel Campbell drop to the bench alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had been absent since the defeat at Sheffield United, and promising teenager Jeff Reine-Adelaide. Kieran Gibbs missed out with a slight calf strain.
Arsenal went into the game knowing that three points would see them leapfrog Manchester United and Leicester City into second place following Saturday’s draw at King Power Stadium, but Norwich who had only won one of their previous eight Premier League games posed a tricky obstacle.
Arsenal dominated possession from the start The Gunners and were growing in confidence but were forced into his first change after 11 minutes when Laurent Koscielny went down clutching his side under pressure from Lewis Grabban. The France defender limped off and was replaced by Gabriel.
The Gunners had capitalized on a defensive lapse when Ozil beat John Ruddy after the goalkeeper had scuffed his clearance, but Norwich struck back on the stroke of half-time when Grabban went past Gabriel Paulista to put the ball beyond Petr Cech from close range for 1-1.
Arsenal flew out after the break and Ozil had the chance to restore their lead soon after the restart. Olivier Giroud had flicked Alexis’ cross towards the back post but the German could not find the final touch.
Cech then produced another brilliant reaction save and arguably one of his best during his debut season in red, hurling himself across goal to push away Ryan Bennett’s header, which had taken a wicked deflection off Gabriel.
Having lost Laurent Koscielny and Alexis to injuries, the Gunners had to dig in to contain a late onslaught on their penalty area, securing an important point to keep their title challenge very much alive.