ierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a second-half tap-in to give Arsenal their first goal and first points of the Premier League season as they sent Norwich to the bottom table.
Both sides ran out at the Emirates Stadium having lost their opening three league games of the campaign and, following a game lacking quality, Aubameyang settled the contest as his close-range finish earned the Gunners a 1-0 victory.
Even then there was a nervy wait as a VAR check for offside ultimately went the way of the home side, who travel to Burnley next weekend with something to build on.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made seven changes from the galling defeat at Manchester City before the international break as deadline-day signing Takehiro Tomiyasu started at right-back.
Arteta will be hoping this is a turning point for his side, who had not even scored in their first three games, with Aubameyang again proving the scourge of Norwich having hit braces in both games against them in the 2091/20 season.
The goal came after Nicolas Pepe’s shot was tapped on to the post by Tim Krul and the ball struck a combination of Pepe and Brandon Williams, hitting the opposite post and rolling into the path of Aubameyang to turn home into an empty net — with the goal standing after a brief VAR check for offside.
The Gabon international had a fine opportunity to wrap up the points but shot straight at Krul, who them provided a fine stop to prevent Emile Smith Rowe doubling the lead.
Arsenal hearts were in mouths as the clock hit 90 minutes, a low cross into their box fell to Teemu Pukki but Gabriel Magalhaes was on hand with a last-ditch challenge.
Arteta to BBC Sport
“After three defeats, things get complicated. I must say it has been the best 10 or 14 days in my professional career. Not the easiest, but the best. You learn a lot in difficult moments.”
Aaron Ramsdale speaking to Sky Sports
“We knew that every game is difficult and we knew that we needed to win. We’ve played two promoted teams and two of the best teams in the league and we wanted more points but we haven’t, but hopefully there are many more days like today.”
Aubameyang to BBC Sport
“I’m just really happy. The first three points of the season. It was tough weeks so we had to make sure we won this game in front of our fans. The most important thing today was to play with pride and that’s what we did.”
Mikel Arteta is currently conducting his post-match interviews pitchside. We will have some quotes from him shortly.
Arsenal players take the appluase from the fans before they head down the tunnel. A real sense of relief here more than anything.
Full-time | Arsenal 1-0 Norwich
Arsenal get the three points. A huge, huge win for Arteta.
92 mins: Arsenal are clinging on here as Norwich lump in a free-kick. It falls to Pukki, but Cedric blocks it.
91 mins: Again, Arsenal fail to kill the game. This time Pepe fires wide. Hectic stuff.