Arsenal have been without a win in eight games in a row. Even interim coach Freddie Ljungberg and his assistant Per Mertesacker couldn't change that during their first match on the sideline to London. Arsenal separated 2-2 (2-1) from the second-last Norwich City in the Premier League away. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29th / 57th) equalized trips from Norwich twice, for hosts Teemu Pukki (21st) and Todd Cantwell (45th + 2).
It was the sixth consecutive match without victory for Arsenal in the English league. This is the longest series of this kind for the Londoners since December 1994. The point against Norwich doesn't help the Gunners much, they stay eighth in the league, one point behind Tottenham in the Europa League and seven points behind the FC Chelsea and Champions League places. Where FC Arsenal will travel is now Leicester City. The team won 2-1 against Everton FC at the last minute and solidified second place behind Liverpool FC.
Norwich took the lead in the 21st minute with a goal from former Schalkes Pukki. After a counter attack, the tip went against Arsenal's defense and scored with a deflected shot from 16 yards to 1-0. It was the seventh goal of the season for Pukki, but the first goal after eight scoreless matches.
A few minutes later, Mesut Özil flanked a free kick into the host's penalty area and Christoph Zimmermann got the ball on his arm. Tim Krul parried past penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the first attempt (26th). However, since too many players entered the penalty area too soon, referee Paul Tierney got the penalty kick repeated. The second opportunity was used by Aubameyang to 1-1, Krul had jumped in the wrong corner (29th).
Norwich took the lead again before the break. Again, Arsenal's defense was unsorted after a counter-attack from the hosts. Cantwell struck flat from left to right corner (45th + 2). Arsenal needed another standard for 2: 2. After a corner kick, the ball dropped again to Aubameyang's feet, the tip hit from five yards to equalize (57th).
Within three minutes, Norwich had two good alternatives for the third lead. Shkodran Mustafi, who played in the Premier League for the first time this season, was not close enough with opponent Kenny McLean. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno averted the shot from the scooter on the outside of the post (59th). Shortly after, Cantwell narrowly missed the goal (62nd). So that was a draw.
Arsenal had released after the 1-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in Unai Emery Europa League coach. For him, former Arsenal star Ljungberg took over as interim coach. Mertesacker, actually head of the youth academy, is currently working as an assistant for the Swede.