Arsenal overcame a struggling Norwich City side with a comfortable 4-0 win on Wednesday, jumping a few places up the table.

Arsenal's Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta gives indications to his players during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Richard Heathcote / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by RICHARD HEATHCOTE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta indicates to his players on July 1, 2020. (Photo by RICHARD HEATHCOTE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Other than a brief period at the start of the second half, Norwich never really got a foothold in this game. Arsenal dominated the opening period, though they ended up taking the lead through a goalkeeping error.

Tim Krul tried a Cruyff turn in his own box, and Aubameyang stole possession before turning the ball into an empty net. Granit Xhaka quickly doubled the lead, this time from a nicely-worked piece of attacking play, assisted by Aubameyang.

After Norwich’s brief resurgence, Aubameyang put the game beyond doubt capitalising on another defensive error before sliding the ball past the goalkeeper.

In the latter stages of the match, Cedric Soares scored after coming off the bench for his Arsenal debut.

The 4-0 win took Arsenal up to seventh. Both Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United have a game in hand on the Gunners, but it’s against each other. So only one of the two will overtake Mikel Arteta’s side before the end of the gameweek.

Let’s have a look at our Arsenal player ratings for the Norwich City clash.

Goalkeeper

Arsenal's Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez gives indications during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 1, 2020. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez gives indications on July 1, 2020. (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Emi Martinez 7 – For the third game in a row, Martinez made some good saves to keep Arsenal in the lead. It was his second consecutive Premier League clean sheet. The goalkeeper didn’t really have much to do on this occasion though.

Centre-Backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: David Luiz of Arsenal gives instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on July 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: David Luiz of Arsenal gives instructions on July 01, 2020. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
  • Shkodran Mustafi 6 – Strong in the air again, but otherwise a fair bit off his game in the first half. Whether he picked up a knock or Arteta just spotted he was struggling, it was a good thing he came off at half-time.
  • David Luiz 7.5 – Continuing his attempt at a redemption arc after that Manchester City disaster, Luiz did well. He made twice as many clearances as the rest of the team combined, including one or two important interventions.
  • Sead Kolasinac 6.5 – Defensively solid, in possession Kolasinac probably played things a bit too safe. The only couple of times he tried a long ball he ended up giving it away. But when called upon to defend, he combined well with Luiz.

Midfield and Wing-Backs

Norwich City's German midfielder Lukas Rupp (L) fights for the ball with Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Norwich City midfielder Lukas Rupp (L) fights for the ball with Dani Ceballos on July 1, 2020. (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Hector Bellerin 6.5 – Once again, Bellerin was better than people gave him credit for. He defended well on the few occasions he had to and made some great forward runs. The problem was that he seemed to freeze whenever he got into the Norwich box.
  • Dani Ceballos 8.5 – Right back on form after his goal against Sheffield United, this display was reminiscent of Ceballos’ home debut against Burnley. He played dangerous forward passes, won the ball back well and won 10 of 14 individual duels.
  • Granit Xhaka 8 – Another good game in possession, completing 96% of his passes, creating a great chance and scoring very nicely after a rare run into the box. Had a little more trouble in the physical duels but not enough to cause Arsenal problems.
  • Kieran Tierney 7.5 – Tierney’s crosses aren’t connecting right now, but he’s putting them into great areas and you have to feel the goals will follow. His work-rate on the left-hand side is fantastic and with him and Bukayo Saka both fit, you know Arsenal will always offer a threat on that flank.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on July 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring on July 01, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
  • Reiss Nelson 7 – Didn’t have an easy task, playing a fairly isolated role. Created a game-high three chances despite coming off before the hour mark, a substitution he probably didn’t deserve.
  • Alexandre Lacazette 5 – We all saw Lacazette’s two excellent finishes in the friendlies over the break, so it’s a mystery why that form didn’t carry over into the competitive matches whatsoever. He’s had the occasional good moment in possession and did again here, but he’s just offering nothing in the box.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 9 – After showing some improvements in the Southampton match, Aubameyang was right back on form here. His goals arrived on a plate but in typical poaching fashion he snapped them both up, adding an assist for good measure. He was also strong in the air and worked as hard as ever. Sign him up?

Substitutes

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Cedric Soares of Arsenal shoots and scores his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on July 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares of Arsenal shoots and scores his team’s fourth goal on July 01, 2020. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
  • Rob Holding 7 – Definitely an improvement on Mustafi’s first-half performance, helped Arsenal hang in there in his first 15 or so minutes before the game swung back in their favour. Very comfortable game for him after that.
  • Joe Willock 7 – Curled a shot narrowly wide, helped turn the game back in Arsenal’s favour after their second-half resurgence, continuing some good recent form.
  • Cedric Soares 8 – Fantastic way to start his Arsenal career, even if it was only 15 minutes or so. Scoring (via a deflection), making an interception and three tackles, winning three of four duels and putting in three good crosses, it was all action immediately. If he can keep that up, he’ll win over the doubters.
  • Eddie Nketiah 7 – Not quite as busy as Cedric in his own 15-minute spell, but showed one excellent glimpse of quality dancing past a challenge before creating a chance for Willock.
  • Nicolas Pepe N/A – Solid but brief cameo, after three starts in the previous three games. Completed a few passes and curled a free-kick over the bar.
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