Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal continued their great run of form on Boxing day and Dean Smith’s Norwich were the latest victims as they were walloped 5-0 infront of the home fans.
The Gunners who were on a 3-match winning streak had come into the tie on the back of a 4-1 rout at Elland Road against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United who were without some of their key players.
While it’s been a contrast for the Canaries who didn’t kick a ball the previous Matchweek as a 2-0 home loss to Dean Smith’s former side Aston Villa was their last game.
Arsenal would not have wished for a start better than Bukayo Saka’s 6th-minute opener and the London side doubled their advantage before the break with a sumptuous Kieran Tierney finish just a minute to halftime.
The Gunners went for blood again in the second period and Bukayo Saka was the man haunted Norwich as he got his second of the afternoon with a brilliant strike from the edge of the box just seven minutes past the hour mark.
Frenchman Lazcazette got Arsenal’s fourth from the spot after being impeded the penalty area by former Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak.
Youngster Emile Smith-Rowe came from the bench to cap off the remarkable victory as he added their fifth of the game to seal the win on Mikel Arteta’s anniversary day.
The comprehensive win served as a gift to gaffer Mikel Arteta who has just reached the milestone of being in the Arsenal dugout for two years.
The High-flying Gunners are still fourth on the league standings but the 13-time league winners have secured a fifth straight win in all competitions, a feat they last acheived during Unai Emery’s time at the Emirates.
Ever since a 2-1 loss at the Godison park, they have recorded a 3-0 win at home against Southampton, a 2-0 win against Westham, a 4-1 win at Leeds and today’s win at Norwich. This sees them open a six-point gap against arch rivals and neighbors Tottenham Hotspurs.
The Gunners embark on a busy schedule as they will be coming up against the likes of Wolves, City, Spurs and Burnley.
However, Arsenal will be looking to make their first Champions League appearance since 2016 should they end the season in the top 4