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It might seem premature to talk of a potential ‘goal of the season’ in October but it will already take something truly extraordinary for Jack Wilshere’s 18th-minute strike at the Emirates to be bettered.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey did, in fairness, both have a go later in the game with some wonderful goals, but they still fell some way short of Arsenal’s exquisite opener.

Five of Arsenal’s outfield players were involved, there were two back-heels, two one-twos and six first-touch passes. As a pure team goal, it was virtual perfection. It was also strangely bewildering. The Norwich City team almost looked like they had stopped playing midway through the blur of Arsenal passing, and Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was just rooted to the same spot as Wilshere side-footed the ball into the goal.

Rather than the usual noise that greets any Premier League goal, there was initially something closer to stunned silence around the Emirates. A replay was shown on the big screens at either end of the ground and there were gasps rather than cheers. It was a goal that needed to be watched several times in slow motion before the sequence of passing could be identified. For the record, it went Mathieu Flamini, Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Wilshere, Giroud and then Wilshere again.

Norwich looked visibly stunned and only a brilliant near-post save from Ruddy to deny Giroud prevented them falling a second goal behind. Arsenal, though, did then lose their momentum when Flamini was forced off following a clash of heads, and Wojciech Szczesny had to be alert to deny Leroy Fer shortly before half-time.

It might seem premature to talk of a potential ‘goal of the season’ in October but it will already take something truly extraordinary for Jack Wilshere’s 18th-minute strike at the Emirates to be bettered.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey did, in fairness, both have a go later in the game with some wonderful goals, but they still fell some way short of Arsenal’s exquisite opener.

Five of Arsenal’s outfield players were involved, there were two back-heels, two one-twos and six first-touch passes. As a pure team goal, it was virtual perfection. It was also strangely bewildering. The Norwich City team almost looked like they had stopped playing midway through the blur of Arsenal passing, and Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was just rooted to the same spot as Wilshere side-footed the ball into the goal.

Rather than the usual noise that greets any Premier League goal, there was initially something closer to stunned silence around the Emirates. A replay was shown on the big screens at either end of the ground and there were gasps rather than cheers. It was a goal that needed to be watched several times in slow motion before the sequence of passing could be identified. For the record, it went Mathieu Flamini, Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Wilshere, Giroud and then Wilshere again.

Norwich looked visibly stunned and only a brilliant near-post save from Ruddy to deny Giroud prevented them falling a second goal behind. Arsenal, though, did

Arsenal were also struggling to find their rhythm at the start of the second-half but then doubled their lead with another sudden burst of quality. Ozil, who was surprisingly not involved with the earlier goal, was the scorer on this occasion, heading Giroud’s precise cross past Ruddy after another sweeping move from deep inside their own half.

A procession then looked likely but, freed from their cautious initial gameplan that basically involved Gary Hooper playing up front alone, Norwich caused Arsenal problems.

A wayward clearance from Per Mertesacker had found Jonathan Howson and, with Gibbs slow to close down the danger, he smashed his low shot inside Szczesny’s post.

Arsenal, though, simply stepped up a gear, with Ramsey calming any nerves by cutting inside Howson and then Sebastien Bassong before shooting past Ruddy.

Ozil then scored a fourth of the very highest quality, after another wonderful touch from Ramsey.

A thumbs-up on the touchline from Arsene Wenger summed it up. His team had not just collected their three points to stay top of the Premier League, but won with the flair and style that he also so craves.

Source: Telegraph

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