With Newcastle winning and the Mackems only picking up a point, all eyes turned to Arsenal v Norwich in the 5.30 kick-off on Saturday teatime.
The Gunners as usual dominated possession (69%) but as seemingly always happen when you really really want them to win, they flatter to deceive.
Arsenal played some great football without threatening the visiting keeper too much (three on target all game despite 14 shots) and with Newcastle fans wondering if the win over Palace could be negated by what had looked an unlikely Norwich win…at last they got the vital goal.
Danny Welbeck scoring with just over half an hour to go.
The eventual 1-0 win makes the Gunners only two points off Spurs in second and all but guaranteed Champions League football next season as usual but rather bizarrely, Newcastle and Sunderland supporters were celebrating the victory more than what appears to be the vast majority of Arsenal fans.
Yesterday was deemed a big protest day by Arsenal fans, with…wait for it, a protest on 12 minutes because it is 12 (yes TWELVE) whole years since they won the Premier League.
The stick that Newcastle fans have to put up with from media and fans of other clubs (such as Arsenal’s…) when their club has been run into the ground by Mike Ashley…
Relegation seven years ago, two near relegations in the last three years and another desperate fight this time, yet you get much of the media sympathetic to the claims of these poor suffering Gooners!
You couldn’t make it up.
Here are a few alternatives protests for the Arsenal fans on the final day of the season when they host Aston Villa….
‘Why not make it 19 minute protest because 19 years since Arsenal didn’t qualify for the Champions League?’
‘Or a 1 minute protest because it is one year since they last won a trophy (FA Cup)?’
‘How about 10 minutes due to 10 years since being in a Champions League final (unluckily lost 2-1 to Barcelona after having their keeper sent off after only 18 minutes)?’
‘Alternatively, 18 minutes as it is 18 years since Arsenal won the double?’