Audio: Sebastien Bassong on Norwich City’s ‘perfect’ performance against Arsenal

Sebastien Bassong attacks down the wing. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Sebastien Bassong attacks down the wing. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, October 22, 2012
1:32 PM

Sebastian Bassong was delighted Norwich City enjoyed a “perfect” evening, as they shocked Arsenal and, for the first time this season, lifted the lid off Carrow Road.

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Sebastien Bassong orchestrates Norwich City during their 1-0 win over Arsenal at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesSebastien Bassong orchestrates Norwich City during their 1-0 win over Arsenal at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The Gunners were second best throughout as Chris Hughton’s men set about their visitors with tempo, purpose and a discipline they have occasionally promised during the season’s early skirmishes.

And even more pleasing was City’s defensive solidity – keeping Arsenal quiet off the back of conceding nine goals in their previous two games with Liverpool and Chelsea.

“It’s a good taste to win, a first win of the season and the crowd was fantastic, a really good atmosphere,” said Bassong, who featured alongside fellow centre-back and summer signing Michael Turner for the first time on Saturday.

“It really worked. We kept a clean sheet and that is most important as a defender, to try to do our best.

Carl Jenkinson tries to stop Anthony Pilkington in his tracks. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesCarl Jenkinson tries to stop Anthony Pilkington in his tracks. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

“And Michael and me, we did well together and as a team, the whole team worked really well defensively. We looked solid.

“This is a really good result for us as a defence and if you’d have said before the game 0-0, I would have taken it. So 1-0 against Arsenal at home, that’s perfect.”

Plenty have taken the time to point out Arsenal’s failings at the weekend, and they clearly failed to meet their previous heights this season at Carrow Road.

But Bassong, who enjoyed his tussle with French international striker Olivier Giroud, felt the result was just as much about the Canaries’ performance.

“Arsenal not at it? It was still difficult,” smiled Bassong. “Arsenal is such a good team. They’ve got such good players and I think we made the game easier for us because we were really at it from the start – and when as a defender the strikers then take advantage, it is just a plus for us. We had the chance to score first, which made a big difference.

“With Giroud, it was nothing because that’s just football. I went for a header and I went slightly strong and he wasn’t happy and he came back. We spoke in French and we got it sorted fairly quickly.

“When I first came to England and Newcastle I hardened up myself pretty quick. I think he’s going to do well. He scored a good goal for France against Spain in the week and the week before he scored against West Ham, so he’s on his way to performing and I’m not worried for him.”

As for City, their first win of the campaign made a difference to the Premier League table, but also brought a huge change to the feeling around Carrow Road – which saw it’s first win over the Gunners since 1984.

Having endured a difficult start to their second season in the top flight, there is hope Saturday’s win will be the catalyst for a campaign that pans out differently to what many feared.

“I’m really proud of the good result and the team,” added Bassong. “We worked our socks off. At the end we were really exhausted because we worked so hard, but we knew we needed to do that against such a good team. And we deserved it from the start of the game.

“We really needed that win because we’ve been working so hard since the beginning of the season, and all the staff and the manager deserved that.

“Defensively we were really solid from the front to the keeper. We worked as a unit and that’s what gave us our strength. And that was such a good atmosphere. The crowd was lifting the stadium and it was really good to play in that. That can get us going hopefully.”

Bassong, who expected a few texts from friends at his former club and Arsenal’s arch rivals Spurs, also enjoyed a wander down City’s left wing as the hosts wound down time.

“I love football, so as a defender there’s nothing not allowing me to go forward. If it’s on, you’ve got to go forward and enjoy yourself a bit.”

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11 comments

  • No Brew, Swiss was referring to Seb's brilliant impression of Huck's on the left wing infront of the Jarrold. Sensational, until he stepped over the ball and put it into touch!!

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Soglio Star has it right. I was referring to Seb's abortive foray up the left wing, presumably to take the ball to the AFC corner flag.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • You may be right Brewer, there's no copyright on the phrase, unless the club's aggressive IP Protection Desk has jumped in.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • The centre forward and centre half sort out their differences in French at Carra Rud. Now there's a novelty; as is the centre-wing-back role. Steady on, now's your chance....

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • Benno & Pilks seem to be able to utilise both feet too!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Yup, Seb was sensational at the back!

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    christoph

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Well I`ll be.... I thought the "centre-wing-back" description fitted what Pilks & Benno got up to, too! But Seb as a winger is certainly funnier! ;-) Let`s hope the Horse shows he`s not ready to be put out to stud just yet @ Villa! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Hi, Swiss,by `centre-wing-back role`, are you referring to the roles E. Benno & Pilks played on Saturday? If that`s what you do mean, I agree 100%. Hoots got 4 players for the price of 2! Their grafting combination of attacking and defending duties was maybe a step toward the "total football" that an abundance of midfielders once promised? One outcome was the release of Wessi to work his magic in an uninhibited way. Tettey & Johnson were formidable too. More of it, Hoots!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • A great showing on Saturday. It makes up for not beating West Ham and QPR at home. Now we need to get some good points on the board in our next few games. All of which are ones we can and should win.

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    Duncan Forbes

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Bassong was a rock yesterday, brilliant. Russell Martin played a blinder too. Its all too easy to forget what a good job the back four do. These boys need more praise. OTBC!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

  • where are all the moaners?like i have said before give hoots time.what woudnt i give to see us hammer villa on saturday.otbc

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    bluelight

    Monday, October 22, 2012

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