Norwich City v Arsenal – December 1st, 2019
For only the second time in twenty five years we are in the market for a new manager.
Unai Emery managed Arsenal for only fifty one Premier League games and ended his tenure with a record of W25, D13, L13, GF91, GA70, GD21, Pts % 57.52. He left in style with this farewell letter:
Arsenal veteran Freddie Ljungberg will lead the team on an interim basis until a new manager is named. Freddie played in 328 Premier League games for Arsenal scoring 72 goals. His first game in charge will be against Norwich City at the Canaries home ground of Carrow Road.
Norwich City F.C. was formed after a meeting at the Criterion Café in Norwich on 17 June 1902 and played their first competitive match against Harwich & Parkeston, at Newmarket Road on 6 September 1902. They joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League for the 1902–03 season but, following a FA commission, the club was ousted from the amateur game in 1905, as it was deemed a professional organisation.
Later that year Norwich was elected to play in the Southern League. With increasing crowds, they were forced to leave Newmarket Road in 1908 and moved to The Nest, a disused chalk pit. The club’s original nickname was the Citizens, but this was superseded by 1907 by the more familiar Canaries after the club’s chairman (who was a keen breeder of canaries) dubbed his boys “The Canaries” and changed their strip to yellow and green. During the First World War, with football suspended and facing spiralling debts, City went into voluntary liquidation on 10 December 1917.
The club was officially reformed on 15 February 1919 – a key figure in the event was Charles Frederick Watling, future Lord Mayor of Norwich and the father of future club chairman, Geoffrey Watling. When, in May 1920, the Football League formed a third Division, Norwich joined the Third Division for the following season. Their first league fixture, against Plymouth Argyle, on 28 August 1920, ended in a 1–1 draw. The club went on to endure a mediocre decade, finishing no higher than eighth but no lower than 18th. The following decade proved more successful for the club with a club-record victory, 10–2, over Coventry City and promotion as champions to the Second Division in the 1933–34 season under the management of Tom Parker.
Norwich held a slight edge over us in Division 1.
|Arsenal v Norwich Division 1 Away Results|
But during the Premier League years we held the edge over Norwich.
|Arsenal v Norwich Premier League Away Results|
Our overall League record at Carrow Road is almost even with Arsenal only beating Norwich on goals scored.
|Arsenal v Norwich All Away Results|
Norwich EPL home games 2019/20
|Norwich City||3–1||Newcastle United|
|Norwich City||3–2||Manchester City|
|Norwich City||1–5||Aston Villa|
|Norwich City||1–3||Manchester United|
Norwich has a spotty home game record of W2, L4, GF10, GA16. They narrowly lost 2-3 to Chelsea and followed that by beating Man City 3-2.
Arsenal is now a team in total transition, what can we expect? Freddie displayed energy and fire as a player and that needs to be transmitted to the team.
I’m hopeful for a positive rebound effect and I look forward to only our second away win of the season, the first occurred on the opening day at Newcastle in a 0-1 victory.