Arsenal thump Norwich to continue winning run

Bukayo Saka celebrates his second goal – Arsenal’s third – as his side cantered to victory at Carrow Road. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC/Getty Images

Arsenal secured their fourth Premier League victory in a row as they ran out comfortable winners at Carrow Road and heaped more misery on bottom-of-the-table Norwich.

Bukayo Saka opened the scoring after six minutes when he guided a low shot past Angus Gunn at the end of a slick Arsenal attack.

The impressive Martin Odegaard, who teed up Saka’s opener, then sent Kieran Tierney through to score the away side’s second just before half-time.

Saka added a fine third before Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and substitute Emile Smith Rowe’s stoppage-time strike wrapped up a stress-free win for Mikel Arteta’s side.

The win meant the Gunners maintained their six-point lead over fifth-placed Tottenham while Norwich must regroup after a 12th defeat of the season, with boss Dean Smith admitting that he “didn’t see that coming” after watching his side go “toe-to-toe” in defeats by Manchester United and Aston Villa.

“This was just as flat a performance as we have had and it was littered with unforced errors,” said Smith.

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