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Premier League 2019-20: Norwich City 2-2 Arsenal - 3 talking points from the encounter

Harsh Pillai
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:12 IST

Norwich City v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Norwich City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Two Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goals along with some mind-blowing saves from Bernd Leno earned Arsenal a deserved point at Carrow Road. Freddie Ljungberg's first game in charge probably did not end as he wanted to but there are plenty of positives to take back from the encounter.

It was a breathless game, as both the sides had enough chances to turn the game in their favour. Norwich City stepped up their game in the last 20 minutes or so, as they dominated Arsenal completely and were a tad unlucky not to get a third goal.

On the other hand, Arsenal began the game very well and showcased some decent free-flowing attacking football in the first half, but eventually, Norwich grew into the game and Leno had to make some brilliant saves to deny Norwich the win.

Arsenal were there for the taking, and Norwich made sure they get something from the game. Considering the balance of play, a point shared should satisfy both parties. Let's take a look at the 3 talking points from this game.

#3 Arsenal's defence needs shuffling

Norwich City v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Norwich City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

The personnel in that Arsenal back four need to change. Freddie Ljungberg has to fix the defence before anything else, and that might surely be his priority after tonight's result. David Luiz, Sokratis and Shokdran Mustafi have proven time and time again that they cannot play together. Which is why, either Rob Holding or Calum Chambers need to be integrated into that centre-back spot.

Holding was a key part to Arsenal's set up last year until he got injured. He had earned his place under Unai Emery and had formed a robust partnership with Mustafi. However, since returning back, Holding hasn't been at 100% and chances for him have been limited, while nobody has performed as consistently as he did in his absence.

Norwich looked a threat every time they counter-attacked Arsenal, and the Gunners were a shambles at the back. If not for Leno, a defeat was a real possibility for the visitors and Ljungberg will likely look to change things up when they play Brighton & Hove Albion at home on Thursday.

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Published 02 Dec 2019, 01:20 IST
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