RVP at the double again

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Only goal difference seperates Arsenal from a place in the top four after Robin van Persie netted twice as the Gunners came from behind to beat Norwich.

The Gunners started very brightly indeed at Carrow Road, with van Persie in particular having some clear sights of goal.

Theo Walcott could have put the visitors in front inside 15 minutes were it not for an acrobatic clearance off the line by Canaries centre-back Russell Martin.

Martin's intervention soon looked even more valuable as Steve Morison pressured into Per Mertesacker into an inexplicable mistake inside the Arsenal box and finished past an advancing Wojciech Szcsesny.

However, Arsenal continued to press forward and it was Walcott who once again pulled the ball back from the byline and van Persie was on hand to convert from four yards out.

Gervinho was also guilty of spurning a number of glorious chances and was still unable to get the better of John Ruddy in the second half.

Van Persie, though, did finally give Arsenal something to show for their superiority as he latched onto a ball from Alex Song before chipping deliciously over Ruddy.

Paul Lambert went for broke in the latter stages, throwing both Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson into the mix to join Morison.

But Arsenal still continued to dominate and managed to hold on to another valubale three points.

Robin Van Persie
Norwich City
Premier League

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