Arse­nal de­liver Arteta plan per­fectly to heap yet more gloom on Nor­wich

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Sam Dean at the Emi­rates Sta­dium

Just in case the mes­sage was not clear enough, Mikel Arteta would de­liver it in a sec­ond lan­guage. And then a third. “Press,” he screamed at Reiss Nel­son. “Va,” he yelled in Span­ish at Dani Ce­bal­los and Hec­tor Bel­lerin. “Allez,” he said to Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Alexan­dre La­cazette.

Three lan­guages, one in­struc­tion: get after Nor­wich City. And for the sec­ond time in two Premier League games, it worked to spec­tac­u­lar ef­fect. Eddie Nke­tiah stole the ball from Southamp­ton’s goal­keeper to score Arse­nal’s opener at St Mary’s last week and Aubameyang did the same to Nor­wich’s Tim Krul here.

When it hap­pens once, it might be luck. When it hap­pens in backto-back Premier League games, it is clearly part of a strat­egy. It was the mo­ment that gave Arse­nal the break­through and they did not look back. Four min­utes after Aubameyang (right) had picked Krul’s pocket, he set up Granit Xhaka to slam in Arse­nal’s sec­ond.

On a day of en­cour­ag­ing news, with Bukayo Saka com­mit­ting to a new con­tract, this was as pleas­ing a re­sult as Arse­nal could have hoped for. Aubameyang struck again in the sec­ond half and there was a de­but goal for full-back Cedric Soares, slam­ming a firm shot into the cor­ner soon after com­ing off the bench.

Aubameyang’s brace took him beyond the 50-goal mark in the Premier League. The sooner he signs a new con­tract, the bet­ter for the club and Arteta. “Hope­fully he will score an­other 100,” said Arse­nal’s head coach. “What he has achieved says ev­ery­thing about his men­tal­ity and the way he works. Hope­fully we can keep him here.” That is three wins in a row for Arse­nal, now up to sev­enth in the Premier League, and four league de­feats in a row for Nor­wich. Their rel­e­ga­tion looks more in­evitable by the minute and Daniel Farke’s rage was ob­vi­ous as early as the 10th minute, when he screamed at his team to be more “ag­gres­sive”. He then hooked three of his play­ers, in­clud­ing top scorer Teemu Pukki, at half-time.

“We know we have to be at our best level to win against the best teams,” said Farke. “Once you make mis­takes at key mo­ments in the game, the other teams have the qual­ity to pun­ish us.”

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