Premier League - Ramsey stunner seals Norwich relegation in Arsenal win

Premier League - Carrow Road - Norwich City 0 Arsenal 2 (Ramsey 53, Jenkinson 62)

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Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring for Arsenal at Carrow Road (Getty)

Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson secured a 2-0 win for fourth-placed Arsenal at Carrow Road as Norwich City dropped to the Championship.

Ramsey volleyed a Grade-A opening goal into the far top corner early in the second half following great play from Olivier Giroud before right-back Carl Jenkinson, of all people, doubled their lead nine minutes later with a distinctly less graceful close-range finish.

With their league position pretty much secured before kick-off, Arsene Wenger's men will have had one eye on Saturday's FA Cup final against Hull City, where they will look to lift silverware for the first time since beating Manchester United on penalties for the very same trophy in 2005.

But the virtual dead rubber - Norwich too would have needed a huge goal difference swing to avoid their doom at this point - served as a stage for some decent if unspectacular football with zero pressure on either side - and it also marked the return from injury of Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Norwich's Elliott Bennett.

And following an abject campaign punctuated by the dismal failure of big attacking signings such as Ricky van Wolfswinkel (who didn't even make the matchday squad for this game), City will hope the exciting cameo of 20-year-old Jamaican forward Jamar Loza will be a sign of things to come back in the second tier.

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KEY MOMENTS

18' - NORWICH THREATEN: Redmond with a speculative drive from distance... pushed around the near post by Fabianski! Good strike.

27' - PODOLSKI CHANCE: Corner to Arsenal - nice play which begins and ends with Podolski via Ramsey and a rather fortunate Giroud who stumbles through two men before backheeling to Lukas for a low shot parried behind by Ruddy.

40' - ARSENAL CHANCE: Better from Giroud, who has been awkward and clumsy so far today, as he collects a short Rosicky ball with his back to goal, turns neatly and forces another fine Ruddy parry with a 20-yard drive.

53’ GOAL! Norwich 0-1 Arsenal! And what a goal from Ramsey! Beautiful volley into the far top corner from the Welshman after great work from Giroud, who took it forward, faked a shot of his own before floating in the cross for the assist.

62’ GOAL! Norwich 0-2 Arsenal! The Gunners double their lead and it's Carl Jenkinson, of all people! A Podolski shot from a cross from the left is deflected into his path and the right-back's own effort from six yards is deflected in.

79’ - NORWICH CHANCE: Glorious chance for one back wasted by Norwich as a good cascading passage of passes culminated with Bennett pretty much passing the ball to Fabianski while through on goal. He had an option to square pass for a tap in too!

KEY STATS

Carl Jenkinson is the 17th different Arsenal player (excl. own goals) to score in the PL this season, equalling the club's record for a PL campaign. They had 17 different goalscorers in 2002/03, 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 (all excl. own goals).

Norwich have lost their final Premier League match of the campaign only once in their previous six seasons (W2-D3), the 6-0 defeat at Fulham on 15 May 2005, the last time they were relegated.

Norwich scored just five goals in the first half of home matches this season. Only Sunderland (3 in 2002/03) and Queens Park Rangers (4 in 2012/13) have scored fewer first half home goals in a campaign.

Arsenal finish with 79 points, their fifth-highest points total, and their best since 2007/08 (83 points). They also finish the season with 35 away points, equalling Liverpool as the best away record in the league this campaign.

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TALKING POINT

Did injuries cost Arsenal a genuine crack at the title? For all the criticism launched at Wenger and his troops at random intervals during the campaign, they ultimately finished seven points behind champions Man City and dropped the worst of their points during unfortunate spells of mass injuries to key players. City have proven that playing a title chase from behind is preferable to leading for lengthy spells like the Gunners did. Perhaps it was only fine margins which denied the side who won the league unbeaten a decade ago.

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MAN OF THE MATCH

John Ruddy (Norwich City): A classic ‘shop window’ performance from the solid stopper who will surely find a Premier League lifeline now the Canaries are back in the second tier. A series of fine saves combined with great command of his back line. Beaten by a stunner and a deflection.

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PLAYER RATINGS

Norwich: Ruddy 8, Martin 7, R.Bennett 6, Turner 7, Olsson 6, Tettey 6, Snodgrass 5, Howson 6, Johnson 6, Redmond 7, Elmander 4. Subs: Hooper 5, E Bennett 5, Loza 5.

Arsenal: Fabianski 7, Jenkinson 7, Sagna 8, Koscielny 7, Gibbs 6, Arteta 6, Rosicky 7, Ramsey 8, Ozil 7, Podolski 7, Giroud 7. Subs: Wilshere 6, Diaby 5, Sanogo 6.

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