Arsenal extended their winless run to eight games after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brace earned interim manager Freddie Ljungberg a 2-2 draw in his first game in charge, cancelling out goals from Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell.


Tim Krul was forced into action early on to keep out Alexandre Lacazette's scuffed effort, while a goal-line clearance was needed from Onel Hernández to keep Shkodran Mustafi's header out of the back of the net.


Norwich then took the lead when Pukki's deflected effort squeezed into Bernd Leno's near post, but the hosts gifted Arsenal a way back into the match when defender Christoph Zimmermann handled the ball inside the penalty area.

Aubameyang saw his penalty saved by Krul, but after the Video Assistant Referee spotted there was encroachment from a number of players, the Gabon international made no mistake at the second time of asking to level the scoreline.


Arsenal couldn't hold out until half-time and they conceded once again after another counter-attack, with Cantwell this time finding Leno's far corner to put Norwich back into the lead with just seconds left on the clock.


Aubameyang found himself on the scoresheet once again shortly after the restart to continue his fantastic form against promoted sides, but Arsenal struggled to push on from there and neither side were able to find a winner.


Here's 90min's breakdown of the game.


Norwich City


Key Talking Point


As if facing Arsenal on a bad day isn't hard enough, Norwich were forced to try and keep a revitalised side quiet following their change of manager.


The visitors still had their weaknesses, but Arsenal were pressing like we haven't seen at all this season and it was clear that they'd travelled to Carrow Road with a clear intent of ending their seven-game run without a win.

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Norwich still had their chances on the break and even took the lead thanks to a counter-attack, but a strong performance from Arsenal - and their 12th man, VAR - left the hosts fighting an uphill battle which they just couldn't quite get over to snatch the win.


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Krul (7); Aarons (6), Zimmermann (5), Godfrey (7), Byram (7); Amadou (6), Trybull (7), Cantwell (8*), McLean (6), Hernandez (7); Pukki (7).

Substitutes: Buendia (6).


Star Man


He's still got work on his consistency, but Todd Cantwell's performances against the biggest teams in the Premier League have been nothing short of outstanding.


Onel Hernández was a constant threat on the left-wing, but it was Cantwell's ability to pull the strings from the middle of the park which was the catalyst for Norwich's best moments in the match.




His goal against Arsenal has seen him score against three of the Premier League's big six this season, and the 21-year-old proved once again why he will play a crucial role in retaining Norwich's status as a top-flight club.


Arsenal


Key Talking Point


Fans were looking for a strong reaction in Arsenal's first match without Unai Emery, and while there were still aspects of the performance which needed to be improved, it was clear that the players went out looking to leave an impression on their new manager.


A lack of organisation in defence saw Arsenal go behind, and even though the Gunners deservedly pulled themselves back level before the half-time break (albeit thanks to the VAR), the visitors struggled to deal with Norwich's counter-attacks.

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It was importantly an improvement in terms of their overall performance on Sunday, especially going forward, but the footprint of Emery's defensive tactics were still embedded in the squad and it just proved to be too difficult to deal with Norwich's threat.


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Leno (7); Chambers (6), Mustafi (7), Luiz (6), Kolasinac (7); Guendouzi (7), Xhaka (6), Willock (7), Ozil (6); Lacazette (6), Aubameyang (8*).

Substitutes: Torreira (6), Saka (6), Martinelli (N/A).


Star Man


Arsenal aren't the first team that you'd think of when looking at sides who are heavily reliant on one player, but the Gunners would be lucky to even be in a relegation battle without the goals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their side.

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The Gabon international scored twice to spare Arsenal's blushes (once again), something which was made all the more impressive considering that he was playing out on the right wing for large chunks of the match.


Looking Ahead


Daniel Farke's side travel to the south coast in midweek to take on Southampton, while Sheffield United are next in line to travel to Carrow Road.


Arsenal's search for a new manager continues as they look ahead to a home match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday. They then make the short trip to West Ham next weekend.


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