Well i held little hope that Arsenal would get past this resilient Norwich side but within 5 minutes of the restart the Gunners took the lead through Nketiah yet again. Suddenly it looks like Arsenal are in control against a tired Norwich side and they are pressing all the time. Can they keep it up?
Coquelin makes a rare run down the wing and is cynically taken down, and the ref gives a free kick near the corner – but the Norwich penalty area is crowded and defends well. As Wenger tells the team to defend they still get forward looking for a third decisive goal and are looking totally in control.
As we approach half time in the added time, Wenger brings on Dasilva in place of Iwobi as he attempts to slow the game down, and it seems to work….
But Norwich pull off a good move and nearly score in the 2 added minutes to the half but Arsenal get through to the break unscathed. For once I am beginning to believe we are going through….
Arsenal get off to a flying start in the second half and Giroud puts another chance wide, but the Gunners seem to be concentrating on keeping Norwich out. I bet they can’t wait for the game to end!
The youngster Nketiah looks incredibly full of energy and breezes past a Norwich defender but can’t quite get his hat trick, then suddenly Norwich have a great call for a foul on the edge of the box that gets denied.
Wilshere goes off and is replaced by Joe Willock. Norwich are looking tired but when Walcott gets another clear shot on goal he manages to smash it in orbit instead of forcing a save, but the Gunners look comfortable despite Norwich trying to press
Three minutes to go and Arsenal would have to be crazy to concede now, but they keep going forward and Nketiah tries again, but just over the bar!
Oh well my Serbian channel seems to have gone blank but I doubt very much if we are going to lose now, despite my earlier pessimism. We are going through!
We did it! But not without a night full of stress for a change lol.