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Player ratings for both Norwich City and Arsenal following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City
8 John Ruddy: Shot-stopping brilliance you come to expect now. Denied Arsenal’s legions singlehandedly at times.
7 Kyle Naughton: Done by Yossi Benayoun for the opener. Made amends with the assist for Wes Hoolahan. Pure athlete.
7 Ryan Bennett: Brilliant anticipation on numerous occasions in the eye of the gathering second half storm.
7 Russell Martin: Switched back inside and a calming influence alongside Ryan Bennett. Denied a clear penalty in the first period.
7 Simon Lappin: Re-adjusted well in exalted company. Slight question mark over his offside attempt for Arsenal’s second.
7 Bradley Johnson: Dogged shift breaking up Arsenal’s rhythm through the centre in the first half. Good foil for the expansive Howson
7 Elliott Bennett: Key role in Norwich’s first. Disciplined defensively. Getting better with each passing week at this level.
8 Jonny Howson: Assists for all three goals. The spin and pivot to lose two Arsenal midfielders for Norwich’s third was quality.
8 Wes Hoolahan: Loved the wide open spaces and the attacking licence. Slotted the opener, teed up the second. Dominant.
8 Grant Holt: Skipper at his very best. Bullied Arsenal backline into submission at times. Fully deserved his goal.
7 Simeon Jackson: Stretched Arsenal in the first period at will. Wonderful work ethic. Denied by the keeper when clean through.
Subs: Steve Morison (for Jackson) 7, Anthony Pilkington (for Hoolahan) 6, Aaron Wilbraham (for Holt) 6
6 Wojciech Szczesny: Nervy. Looked unsettled all day. Weak parry for Norwich’s opener was symptomatic.
6 Bacary Sagna: Offered a productive early attacking outlet down the right. Latest injury a terrible blow for club and country.
6 Laurent Koscielny: Lucky boy to go unpunished for a blatant shirt pull on Russell Martin inside the box. Dominated by Grant Holt.
7 Thomas Vermaelen: Powerful defender. Excellent counter-attacking instincts. Only Ryan Bennett denied him a certain goal.
6 Kieran Gibbs: Unfortunate assist for Holt’s deflected strike. Better in an attacking sense. Headed great chance at John Ruddy.
6 Aaron Ramsey: The Welsh skipper struggled badly to impose his will on this contest. Target for the home boo boys as well.
6 Alex Song: Excellent vision to pick out Robin van Persie for the equaliser. Seemed to enjoy his running battle with Holt.
6 Gervinho: Better in Arsenal’s dominant spells after the interval. Has all the skills. Temperament questionable.
7 Tomas Rosicky: Getting back to his best. Constant threat around Norwich’s penalty area. An archetypal Wenger player.
7 Yossi Benayoun: Wonderful technique for the opener. Seemingly back in favour ever since his reserve run out at Carrow Road.
8 Robin van Persie: Pure class. Needed a sighter or two on his less favoured right foot, but you can see why he is the main man.
Subs: Francis Coquelin (for Sagna) 6, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Ramsey) 6, Marouane Chamakh (for Benayoun) 6
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.