Norwich City’s Man of the Match v Arsenal

Grant Holt loves the limelight. At Chelsea in the early weeks of the campaign he opened his Premier League account with a superbly dexterous clip from the edge of the area. At Arsenal in the final week of the season he notched his 16th in all competitions with a deflected lift against Kieran Gibbs from the edge of the area.

The intervening action underlines not only why Norwich City will be in the Premier League again, but why Holt has shed the unflattering, at times self-perpetuated image, as the humble journeyman done good. The tougher the assignment, the more Holt looks at home. Whether it is dumping John Terry on his back side at Stamford Bridge, scoring a flying header in front of the Kop at Anfield or here at the Emirates bullying two international-class operators in Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscienly. Holt was at his bustling best.

Powerful in the air and with a sure touch on the ground, encapsulated perfectly by his role in the build up and finish to Norwich's second. Holt had already been denied by Gibbs and to a lesser extent Wojciech Szczesny in a bright away response to adversity.

Holt continued to be the focal point for Norwich's resistance despite Arsenal upping the ante in a second period of desperate thrust and counter-thrust, with the skipper's superb awareness and sure touch teeing up Wes Hoolahan just before the hour mark.