Van Persie brace not enough for Arsenal05/05/2012 - 14:51:37
Arsenal 3 Norwich 3
Robin van Persie’s heroics were not enough to prevent Arsenal suffering a major blow to their Champions League ambitions following a dramatic 3-3 home draw with Norwich this afternoon.
Van Persie looked to have sealed a valuable comeback win when he levelled Thierry Henry’s Arsenal record of 30 goals in a Barclays Premier League season with a late double.
But substitute Steve Morison levelled after 85 minutes and, in a pulsating end, Van Persie was denied what appeared a clear penalty, to leave the third-placed Gunners just two points ahead of Tottenham and Newcastle.
The result was just about what Norwich deserved, though, as they had led through first-half goals from Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt after Yossi Benayoun’s second-minute opener.
Full report to follow.
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