Aubameyang's double earns Arsenal draw at Norwich

Ross Houston
December 3, 2019

Arsenal will count themselves as fortunate to have escaped Carrow Road with a point after a controversial VAR penalty decision helped them to a 2-2 draw at Norwich in Freddie Ljungberg's first game as caretaker manager.

And after Ljungberg replaced the sacked Unai Emery as manager on Friday and led training for the first time, he said Pepe didn't do enough to warrant a place in his first team for the Norwich game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double three days after Emery's departure did little to lift the mood, with this encounter highlighting the problems facing the club's former midfielder in their fight for a top-four finish.

"We started extremely well, I thought we dominated it totally and found pockets and created chances". During the melee, Krul and Ozil appeared to have a heated exchange of words.

Arsenal started brightly but missed opportunities with Tim Krul saving from Alexandre Lacazette and Calum Chambers, while Shkodran Mustafi had a header cleared off the line.

Aubameyang made no mistake with his second effort.

Teemu Pukki put Norwich ahead via a deflected effort before Aubameyang equalised with a retaken penalty kick, having seen his initial effort from the spot saved.

Ljungberg's first halftime team talk saw the Gunners come out with renewed objective and they equalized after 57 minutes when Aubameyang curled home, following Ozil's corner, for his 10th league strike this season.

It should be noted that a 2nd ball landing on the pitch actually only came as a result of Norwich's fans returning it to play as Arsenal's corner was taken.

The pick of them was when Kenny McLean burst through on goal after indecision in the Arsenal defence and his shot was turned against the post by Leno.

They are eighth, seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, while Norwich remain second from bottom.

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