August 4, 1997
Final Score: Norwich City 2 - 6 Arsenal
That's more like it. A pre-season friendly against a highly repected Nationwide team
and an excellent win. And so it was last night
as the Gunners paid a visit to Carrow Road to meet Norwich City.
Arsenal cruised home with a 6-2 victory under their
belts, and a few more headlines in the following day's papers.
Inevitably it was Ian Wright in the thick of things, who tangled with the
Canaries defender Kevin Scott. However, this deflected from what was a
stunning Arsenal team performance. Coming on the back of a disappointing
display against PSV last week, it was time to remind the outside world what
Arsenal FC is all about - quality football.
Arsenal eased into the game with Bergkamp linking well with Overmars. He
slid the ball across the area for Wright to pop it home. 1-0 - six minutes
gone. Bergkamp smashed a shot at Norwich keeper Andy Marshall that he
blatantly couldn't deal with. Grimandi put the rebound away, but his evening
was set to take a major downturn later on. Bergkamp added a third from a
free kick after only 18 minutes.
Four-up after half an hour and we were in Arsenal heaven. Wright this time
with an overhead volley, and the Canaries are feeling the heat. Along came
half-time, but there was no reason for Arsenal to stop scoring goals. Platt
and Upson replaced Petit and Winterburn, but Grimandi stuck in number 5 with
a header straight after the break. And then can Wrightie's hat-trick minutes
later. A generous ball from Bergkamp put the Gunners hero through and
Arsenal were 6 up after an hour. A couple of late consolation goals from
Norwich are worth scant mention.
A 6-2 victory comfortably negotiated, but worryingly for Arsenal, Grimandi
was stretchered off with what looked like a fairly serious ankle injury
following a nasty challenge from Norwich defender Daryl Sutch. More news
will emerge in the cold light of day, but Mr Wenger viewed it as "quite
Arsenal back on the road then. Things are shaping up nicely. Leeds here come.