Arsenal U18s 3, Norwich U18s 2
Two late goals were not enough to prevent the Canary youngsters slipping to defeat in north London.
City conceded three times in a 13-minute spell in the second half - during which they also missed a penalty.
And while Remy Gordon's strike and an own goal two minutes from time gave them a glimmer of hope, it wasn't enough to improve on their five-game winning run.
'Overall it was a good team performance for large periods of the game, but a poor 10 to 15 minutes in the second half cost us the game,' said Academy manager Ricky Martin.
'A very disappointing result in reflection of the performance. In the first half we played really well and should have been at least two up with the chances we created.
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'We started the second half well and again were in control of the game.'
City were forced to shuffle their pack on the hour mark, having substituted Sam Habergham, and two minutes later Arsenal took the lead. Matt Ball missed a spot kick five minutes later and the Gunners took advantage, with goals in the 70th and 73rd minutes.
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Ten minutes from time left-back Gordon scored from outside the area and with two minutes left and City pressing, Arsenal conceded an own goal before the visitors ran out of time.