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Match report and action pictures from our match against: Norwich City.

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 serious."

Arsenal back on the road then. Things are shaping up nicely. Leeds here come.

James Dowling


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