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Arsenal v Norwich: remembering Arsenal’s only home league defeat to Norwich

By Bulldog Drummond

It has been so long since Arsenal played a home game that going back to the Arsenal Stadium will probably feel like an away game to the players.  And since we have won the last two away games that could be a help.

But since it is technically a home game let’s have a look at our home record…

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 16 16 0 0 44 12 32 48
2 Manchester City 15 11 2 2 41 12 29 35
3 Manchester United 16 9 5 2 32 12 20 32
4 Leicester City 16 9 4 3 30 15 15 31
5 Tottenham Hotspur 16 9 3 4 30 16 14 30
6 Chelsea 16 8 3 5 24 16 8 27
7 Arsenal 15 7 5 3 26 20 6 26

The five draws have been disappointing but even so, with a win tonight we will have a better home record than Chelsea, but we’ll need to be hammering in the goals in the remaining few games to catch up with the goal difference at home to catch the Tiny Totts.

Norwich are six points adrift at the foot of the league, and one can’t help thinking this is entirely what they expected and planned for.   While clubs often spend spend spend in the summer transfer market after they are promoted (Aston Villa spent around £90m last summer) Norwich’s total expenditure in the transfer market last summer was under £1m.

  • Josip Drmic – Borussia Monchengladbach, free
  • Patrick Roberts – Manchester City, season-long loan
  • Sam Byram – West Ham, £750k
  • Ralf Fahrmann – Schalke, loan
  • Ibrahim Amadou – Sevilla, loan

So it looks like a plan for financial stability, a possible return to the Championship, and then another push for promotion.  And in a world gone financially bonkers, you can’t blame them for that.  They will sell out next season, just as this, and they will have parachute payments.  It makes financial sense.

Here is Norwich’s away form

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
11 Arsenal 16 3 8 5 17 21 -4 17
12 Tottenham Hotspur 15 3 6 6 20 25 -5 15
13 Everton 16 4 3 9 19 31 -12 15
14 Newcastle United 15 4 2 9 13 29 -16 14
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 16 2 6 8 15 25 -10 12
16 West Ham United 16 3 3 10 12 26 -14 12
17 AFC Bournemouth 16 3 1 12 12 27 -15 10
18 Watford 16 2 4 10 11 28 -17 10
19 Aston Villa 16 2 3 11 17 33 -16 9
20 Norwich City 15 1 3 11 6 26 -20 6

They have had little bursts of success including that single away win against Burnley… and knocking Tottenham out of the FA Cup must have been fun (highlighted below).  Shame they lost to Man U.

Date Game Res Score Competition
18 Jan 2020 Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth W 1-0 Premier League
22 Jan 2020 Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City L 2-1 Premier League
25 Jan 2020 Burnley v Norwich City W 1-2 FA Cup
01 Feb 2020 Newcastle United v Norwich City D 0-0 Premier League
15 Feb 2020 Norwich City v Liverpool L 0-1 Premier League
23 Feb 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City L 3-0 Premier League
28 Feb 2020 Norwich City v Leicester City W 1-0 Premier League
04 Mar 2020 Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City W 1-1 (2-3) FA Cup
07 Mar 2020 Sheffield United v Norwich City L 1-0 Premier League
19 Jun 2020 Norwich City v Southampton L 0-3 Premier League
24 Jun 2020 Norwich City v Everton L 0-1 Premier League
27 Jun 2020 Norwich City v Manchester United L 1-2 FA Cup

So that is four defeats in a row, and we can be sure they will have everyone behind the ball all the game – indeed an indulgence in that tactic is revealed by the fact of just one goal scored in the last four games and in all the league games here they have not scored more than one goal in any match.   In fact they haven’t scored a goal in their last three league games.

In the games between the two teams we have won 28, drawn 20 and lost 11 and they have only beaten us once since 1993 – a 1-0 victory at their place in October 2012.

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Date Game Res Score Competition
03 Mar 1993 Norwich City v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
26 Oct 1993 Arsenal v Norwich City D 1-1 League Cup
30 Oct 1993 Arsenal v Norwich City D 0-0 Premier League
10 Nov 1993 Norwich City v Arsenal W 0-3 League Cup
13 Feb 1994 Norwich City v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
10 Sep 1994 Norwich City v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
01 Apr 1995 Arsenal v Norwich City W 5-1 Premier League
28 Aug 2004 Norwich City v Arsenal W 1-4 Premier League
02 Apr 2005 Arsenal v Norwich City W 4-1 Premier League
19 Nov 2011 Norwich City v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
05 May 2012 Arsenal v Norwich City D 3-3 Premier League
20 Oct 2012 Norwich City v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
13 Apr 2013 Arsenal v Norwich City W 3-1 Premier League
19 Oct 2013 Arsenal v Norwich City W 4-1 Premier League
11 May 2014 Norwich City v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
29 Nov 2015 Norwich City v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
30 Apr 2016 Arsenal v Norwich City W 1-0 Premier League
24 Oct 2017 Arsenal v Norwich City W 2-1 League Cup
01 Dec 2019 Norwich City v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League

Since that defeat we have won five and there have been two draws.  In fact they have only beaten us once in the league at our ground, and that was on 9 May 1987 when they won 1-2, with Arsenal under George Graham.  Mind you we had already won the League Cup, the first trophy in eight years, so maybe there was an excuse.  Arsenal finished that season in fourth and Norwich in fifth.

The game was played at Highbury in front of just 24,001 people – which should be a reminder to those people from the Arsenal Supporters Trust who complain about empty seats at the Arsenal.   Getting crowds of 50,000+ on a regular basis is a modern invention, not Arsenal’s natural crowd size across the years.

Paul Merson scored Arsenal’s goal in that match.

More anon…

2 comments to Arsenal v Norwich: remembering Arsenal’s only home league defeat to Norwich

  • Sorry to have to correct you but on the opening day of the 1991 92 season, Norwich beat Arsenal 4 2 at Highbury despite the fact we were leading 2 0 at half time.

  • Replying to my earlier comment
    It was actually the following season.
    We all make mistakes.
    Coyg

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