EPL: New manager, the same old Arsenal held in Norwich
NORWAY: concierge manager Freddie Ljungberg could not finish the long wait for Arsenal for a victory like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang The double only saved a 2-2 draw at Norwich on Sunday.
The Canaries passed twice through Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell only for Aubameyang to level up, first from the penalty point and then with a clinical end after the break.
But Arsenal also had to thank goalkeeper Bernd Leno for moving away with a point when the German brilliantly saved Kenny McLean, Pukki and Emiliano Buendia.
Unai Emery He was fired as manager of Arsenal after seven games without a victory in all competitions that had seen the Gunners fall well below the pace in the race for a result in the top four.
Ljungberg is still the favorite of fans of his days winning the title as an Arsenal player, but suffered the same problems as his predecessor, since the firepower of the visitors was necessary to cover his defensive problems.
Granit Xhaka returned to the Arsenal side for the first time in the Premier league from an explosive clash with club fans when he was substituted against Crystal Palace last month that cost him the captaincy between four changes since Emery's last starting lineup in the league.
Shkodran Mustafi was surprisingly recalled for his first outing in the Premier league this season, but it did not take Ljungberg long to realise the German is not his answer to Arsenal's problems a centre-back.
Ljungberg's team had a brilliant start, but it lagged behind Norwich's first dangerous attack when McLean's pass played at Pukki, who turned and turned to David Luiz before seeing his shot deviate from Mustafi for his first goal in nine games.
However, Norwich has also become accustomed to taking a mountain to climb this season with defensive errors and has given Arsenal a route back to the game when captain Cristoph Zimmerman drove a free throw into his own box.
Aubameyang saw his first exit shot saved by Tim Krul, but was given a second chance after a VAR review for invasion of Norwich players and fired home the repeat penalty.
Just as Arsenal began to reach the top, they again opened easily when Cantwell moved to the far corner of Onel Hernandez to give Norwich a part-time advantage.
Aubameyang has now scored half of his side's 20 Premier league goals this season as the Gunners' new captain led by example to smash home at the back post from a corner just before the hour mark.
But it was Norwich who felt they should have taken all three points, since three great opportunities were to beg for only their fourth win of the season.
McLean's shot was thrown into the post by Leno, Cantwell's attack from the edge of the area flew wide and Pukki was rejected by an excellent save from Leno in rapid succession.
Leno had one more big stop to make from Buendía at the time of detention, but one point still leaves Arsenal seven points out of the first four in the eighth.
Norwich remains in the last three, but approaches three safety points.