Norwich City’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed as a stunning Aaron Ramsey strike spurred fourth-placed Arsenal to victory. The Canaries were all but down before kick-off, and Ramsey’s volley on the angle and Carl Jenkinson’s opportunistic strike sealed their fate. Earlier, Norwich keeper John Ruddy had to be alert to keep out Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. Gunners keeper Lukasz Fabianski denied Jamar Loza and Robert Snodgrass. It was a sombre finish to a disastrous season for Norwich, who could only have survived if they had won and West Brom had lost to Stoke, coupled with a highly improbable 17-goal swing. There was good news for England fans the day before Roy Hodgson names his World Cup squad as Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere returned after a foot injury for the final 30 minutes, while knee injury victim Abou Diaby also came on for the Gunners in his first game in 14 months.
But it was Ramsey, also returning from injury, who shone for the visitors, rifling in a superb volley from Giroud’s delicate chip to the back post. It was the Welshman’s 17th goal of an injury-disrupted season, and fans will wonder if Arsenal’s title challenge, which looked promising until February, would have flourished had he not missed so much football. Arsenal went into the game with a Champions League spot already secured and with the prospect of a first trophy for nine years still to come in next week’s FA Cup final, and a strong Gunners side rarely had to rise above second gear at Carrow Road. After Ramsey’s opener, Jenkinson grabbed his first Arsenal goal, pouncing on Podolski’s deflected shot from Kieran Gibbs’s cross.
Now it’s onto the FA Cup final and hopefully our first trophy in a decade.