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Premier League Sunday including Arsenal v West Brom and Chelsea v Norwich - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's two Premier League matches including Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea v Norwich City.


Norwich thwarted Chelsea brilliantly at Stamford Bridge - but are surely doomed to relegation. 
by Sam Dymond

  • Sunday's results

    • Arsenal 1 (Giroud 14') West Brom 0 FT
    • Gunners register fourth straight victory, but Norwich's failure to win surely sees Albion safe
    • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0 FT
    • Canaries earn battling draw, but inferior goal difference means another point for Sunderland will mean they are all but relegated
    5/4/2014 5:00:55 PM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's action in the Premier League, and, after one of the most significant Saturdays of the season, will this be the day when events in the capital clear everything up? There may only be two fixtures on the card, but results of both could mean matters at the top and bottom are done and truly dusted by the final day next weekend.

    The action starts in North London this lunchtime where Arsenal bring the curtain down on football at the Emirates for 2013/14. Everton’s defeat yesterday confirmed that it’s a ground that will once again be hosting Champions League football next term, but any plans to bow out in style will be challenged by a West Brom outfit still uncertain of what calibre of football their own stadium will be accommodating come August.

    A defeat for Albion, and 17th placed Norwich must take advantage, but their task could scarcely be tougher. At four o’clock, the Canaries kick-off at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea knowing that they need a minimum of four points from their final two games to have any chance of survival. The problem is, despite what Jose Mourinho says, the Blues are still in the title hunt, and three more points will take them to the top of the table with just one week of the season remaining.

    Stay with us for up-to-the-minute news of all the drama from the two games, and if you want to have your say on any of the day's events or, indeed, the Premier League season as a whole, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    5/4/2014 9:56:36 AM
  • Arsenal versus West Bromwich Albion is live from the Emirates Stadium at 1:30pm.

    Arsenal haven't always encouraged shooting from the halfway line.

    5/4/2014 9:56:43 AM
  • The Arsenal and West Brom teams are in from the Emirates Stadium, and the big news from the home dressing room is that Aaron Ramsey - only recently back in the first team after injury - misses out due to a mild thigh strain; the Welshman is replaced by Mathieu Flamini. Pepe Mel makes two changes to his West Brom side that defeated West Ham; in comes Diego Lugano and James Morrison for Steven Reid and Billy Jones.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud

    Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Kallstrom, Rosicky, Diaby, Sanogo

    West Brom: Foster, Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Brunt, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Morrison, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino

    Subs: Myhill, Anichebe, O’Neil, Sinclair, Vydra, McAuley, Yacob

    Referee: Mike Jones
    5/4/2014 9:56:45 AM
  • The teams trot on to the pitch to appreciative receptions from both sets of fans, who appear to believe the hard work has been done. Among the away support are various homages to manager Pepe Mel, including Spanish flags, castanets and, at least, one sombrero, worn by someone who has clearly misunderstood the brief.
    5/4/2014 12:30:23 PM
  • Arsenal 0 West Brom 0: It's a wonderfully bright sunny day in North London, and the start from each team as almost been as dazzling. Both sides have shown a willingness to attack in the opening exchanges, and it's Lukas Podolski who has had the first sight of goal, but the German snatches his shot wide of Ben Foster's right-hand post after being teed up by Olivier Giroud inside the box.
    5/4/2014 12:37:05 PM
  • Arsenal 0 West Brom 0: It's West Brom's turn to pass up an early half-chance. Saido Berahino managed to beat the offside trap on the left to reach James Morrison's through ball, but took too heavy a touch inside the penalty area which allowed Laurent Koscielny the opportunity to get back into position and block the youngster's effort on goal.
    5/4/2014 12:40:59 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: Arsenal's early pressure has brought a goal courtesy of Olivier Giroud! And while it may have come from a Frenchman, there was nothing fancy about it. Conjuring up memories of the Arsenal of old, Santi Cazorla swung over a corner from the left, and the Gunners striker wrestled his way ahead of Craig Dawson to bullet a near post header past Youssouf Mulumbu on the line for his 16th league goal of the season.

    Hands up who wants Arsenal to sign another striker this summer. 

    5/4/2014 12:44:00 PM
  • Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: The Gunners have continued to dominate since opening the scoring, but James Morrison has just given them something to momentarily think about with an audacious lob from 40 yards. Any momentary panic from Wojciech Szczesny, however, was quickly alleviated by the ball sailing over the bar.
    5/4/2014 12:58:46 PM
  • Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: Injuries to full backs Steven Reid and Billy Jones have forced Pepe Mel to field Chris Brunt and Craig Dawson in unnatural positions on either flank of his back four this afternoon. And on that subject, Dawson has just taken the ball full in an unnatural position of his own...or should that be a natural position? Either way, it's not the first time we've seen tears in a grown man's eyes this weekend, only this time the cause isn't relegation. Not yet, anyway.
    5/4/2014 1:03:22 PM
  • How would I assess it? By thinking I was looking at a graphic of Brighton versus Hull.

    5/4/2014 1:08:02 PM
  • Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: Five minutes left until half-time, and Albion are trying to force their way back into the encounter. A set-piece was their undoing at one end, and they've passed up a chance to draw level with one at the other. Dawson, who had a fine goalscoring record with Rochdale in the lower leagues, got up highest to Graham Dorrans' corner, but his header is disappointing and soars over the bar.
    5/4/2014 1:15:40 PM
  • Half-time - Arsenal 1 West Brom 0:
    5/4/2014 1:17:35 PM
  • The Independent's Sam Wallace is at Stamford Bridge where exciting transfer news is breaking...


    Out have gone those silly plastic flags from Wednesday, and in has come this monstrosity. 
    5/4/2014 1:28:14 PM
  • Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: The second half has begun in uneventful fashion, probably befitting two sides who feel their job is done in terms of the league season. Albion, of course, need another three points to be absolutely certain of Premier League survival, and even then, that's only required should Norwich do the unthinkable in beating Chelsea and then Arsenal. With a trip to Sunderland, and a game at home to Stoke to come, Albion perhaps think their best opportunities lie in the next seven days.

    Or maybe it's that they just haven't got going this afternoon. James Morrison is doing his best to change that, charging around the midfield, berating everybody including the referee who inadvertently blocks a pass but, as of yet, the Scot isn't having much joy.
    5/4/2014 1:45:32 PM
  • Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: In sums up the previous 15 minutes that the second half's most exciting moment has been a cross, but what a wonderful cross it was. Mesut Ozil took a touch to control the ball on the left, and then sent a beautifully whipped ball across the face of goal that completely took out Ben Foster and his defence. Unfortunately, it also missed the arriving Giroud, who was inches away from getting the touch that would have brought his and Arsenal's second goal.

    I fold my arms when I'm bored too. 

    5/4/2014 1:54:12 PM
  • Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: Arsenal are in danger of throwing points away in a game they could have wrapped up a long time ago. Slack defending nearly allowed Morgan Amalfitano to sneak in and around Szczesny, but the Polish goalkeeper managed to get a desperate flick on the ball, and, then from the resulting corner, Dawson rose well, but his looping header sailed inches over the bar.

    Meanwhile, the Sky Sports cameras pick up Loic Remy in the crowd, but Niall Quinn is quick to dispel any transfer gossip. "He's probably just down in the capital visiting friends." And this is the best he could do, Niall? Mamma Mia! is still on in the West End! What lousy friends.
    5/4/2014 2:02:56 PM
  • Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: Lukas Podolski has spurned the opportunity to wrap this one up with quarter of an hour remaining! The German reacted quickly after Jonas Olsson failed to deal with Ozil's cutback from the touchline, but his sliced shot rebounded off the post and into the arms of the grateful, yet somewhat surprised, Ben Foster.
    5/4/2014 2:08:49 PM
  • Arsenal 1 West Brom 0: It's taken 90 minutes, but the game's champagne moment has arrived! A ball was lofted out wide to Berahino on the right, halfway inside the Arsenal half, and, with no other player in a 20 yard radius, the 20-year-old fell flat on his face. It had all the artistic merit of the infamous Klinsmann dive, but unless West Brom can produce something impressive in the three minutes of injury time, there will be nothing to celebrate.

    Not until 6pm anyway.
    5/4/2014 2:20:31 PM
  • FULL TIME - Arsenal 1 West Brom 0:
    5/4/2014 2:20:42 PM
  • As far as taking the things they say at face value, Jose Mourinho sits somewhere between Pinocchio, Jeffrey Archer and Jay from The Inbetweeners. The Chelsea manager is adamant that his side are not a relevant force in this season's title race, but the fact remains that a win this afternoon against Norwich will take them a point clear at the top of the table. They'd need the help of metaphorical slips from Liverpool and Manchester City in the season's final seven days to lift the trophy, but victory for the West Londoners here will push their rivals to the wire.

    They also have the best home record in the league to maintain, and if they produce a 16th Premier League success at Stamford Bridge this season, it will be at the expense of the poorest travellers in the top-flight.

    It will also be at the expense of Norwich's Premier League status. A sixth straight defeat will leave them three points behind rejuvenated Sunderland with one fixture remaining, but the Black Cats notn only have a game in hand, but a significantly superior goal difference.

    Chelsea versus Norwich City is live from Stamford Bridge at 4pm.

    My garden shed is bigger than...your garden shed? 

    5/4/2014 2:31:55 PM
  • Here's how Chelsea and Norwich line-up at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. Jose Mourinho makes three changes to the side that smashed and grabbed their way out of Anfield last Sunday with Gary Cahill, John Terry and Willian returning to the first team at the expense of Cesar Azpilicueta, Tomas Kalas and John Obi Mikel. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard is on the substitutes bench, presumably because the Blues boss wants his Belgian buddy sat close to him. In the away dugout, Neil Adams has also made three switches to the Norwich side that lost at Old Trafford with Ryan Bennett, Alex Tettey and Johan Elmander starting in place of Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond and Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

    Chelsea: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Matic, Salah, Willian, Schurrle, Ba

    Subs: Hilario, Kalas, Luiz, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Torres, Eto’o

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, R. Bennett, Turner, Whittaker, Tettey, Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Olsson, Elmander

    Subs: Bunn, Bassong, Van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hooper, E. Bennett, Redmond

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick
    5/4/2014 2:33:55 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Neil Swarbrick blows his whistle and Chelsea get the game underway in blistering sunshine, save for the grey clouds that are hovering over the corner of Stamford Bridge reserved for away fans. Those grey clouds nearly start pouring rain on the Norwich fans with an early goal for the hosts but Andre Schurrle's first time shot from the edge of the penalty area is straight into the hands of John Ruddy.
    5/4/2014 3:05:20 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0:  How big a moment will that be in the immediate future of Norwich City?! A lovely through ball sent Martin Olsson in behind Ashley Cole and John Terry in the penalty area, and when the Norwich man took a heavy touch to take the ball ahead of the Chelsea pair, Terry caught the Swede with a sliding tackle. The visiting bench and support are on their feet demanding a penalty and a subsequent red card for the Chelsea captain, but Neil Swarbrick waves play on. What's that phrase about when your luck's out? No, seriously, what is it?

    John Terry brings down Martin Olsson in the penalty area. 

    5/4/2014 3:16:09 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Another chance goes begging for the Canaries! Olsson is again the man causing problems for the home side, twisting and turning his way out of a dead end by the corner flag and whipping a wonderful cross into the six yard box that is agonisingly inches ahead of the arriving Bradley Johnson.

    Moments later, John Terry nearly adds insult to injustice with the opening goal. The Chelsea captain, lucky to be on the bench for his earlier unpunished foul, climbs all over Michael Turner at a corner, but powers his header straight into the arms of Ruddy.
    5/4/2014 3:25:01 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Off the post! With a third of the game gone, Andre Schurrle has come the closest to opening the scoring. Nemanja Matic did brilliantly to dispossess Robert Snodgrass in midfield and then cut the Norwich defence wide open with a pinpoint pass to his German teammate. Schurrle cut on to his right foot inside the box and cushioned a shot past Ruddy, only to see it rebound back off the woodwork. The Canaries can breathe again. 
    5/4/2014 3:35:55 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Huge cheers emanate from the away end as holding midfielder Alex Tettey beats two players as if they weren't there, and then another two who definitely weren't. Finding himself further forward than he ever wishes to be, he panics and gives the ball to a teammate.

    That flamboyant cameo from the Norwegian has the Canaries tails up once more, and Johnson tries his luck from distance. His shot takes a wicked deflection off Terry, but lands just wide of the post.
    5/4/2014 3:44:19 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Having been talked up by Glenn Hoddle pre-game, Willian shows off his abilities with his contenders for worst shot of the season and worst pass of the season. It's a 60 second spell that is indicative of a first half that, Matic and Schurrle apart, has been pretty poor from a Chelsea perspective.
    5/4/2014 3:47:34 PM
  • Half-time - Chelsea 0 Norwich 0:
    5/4/2014 3:47:41 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Jose Mourinho makes two changes at the start of the second half with Eden Hazard, complete with flea in his ear, and David Luis on for Mo Salah and Frank Lampard. A draw isn't much use to either side here so we may see greater attacking intent as the game grows old.
    5/4/2014 4:05:52 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: David Luiz clatters the crossbar! The substitutes combined to make a near instant impact at the start of the second half; Hazard turned his marker inside out on the right wing before feeding the Brazilian on the edge of area via Branislav Ivanovic, and he hit a lovely right-footed effort that curled away from John Ruddy's outstretched arm, but thumped against the woodwork and ricocheted to safety. It's already much better from Chelsea.
    5/4/2014 4:09:40 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: When is a controversial moment not a controversial moment? Eden Hazard tricks his way into the box, and hits the turf after a wild swing of the foot by Ryan Bennett. Neil Swarbrick doesn't award the spot-kick which provokes wild protestations from Chelsea players and fans, not to mention the watching experts, but television replays show there was no contact between the Norwich defender's attempted clearance and the Belgian forward. Ivanovic is booked for his appeals, and the referee is vindicated in his decision.

    And it's not just the experts who were duped...


    5/4/2014 4:20:48 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: The Norwich players are camped deep in their own half as Chelsea slowly turn up the pressure on their Premier League season. There's a glimmer of a breakaway when Steven Whittaker dispossesses the dawdling Matic, but his only forward outlet is John Elmander, who has the mobility of a shopping trolley with a faulty wheel, and the chance soon passes - which is more than Whittaker chose to do.
    5/4/2014 4:25:54 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Nathan Redmond is on for Elmander, and suddenly Norwich are capable of causing problems for Chelsea. The substitute brilliantly tees up Robert Snodgrass, who bursts through the midfield and looks in on Mark Schwarzer's goal, but Gary Cahill recovers to expertly deny the Scot at the vital moment.

    It will be interesting to see what Jose Mourinho makes of Norwich's plot to sit back, soak up pressure and attack sparingly on the break.
    5/4/2014 4:33:16 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Ten minutes remain at Stamford Bridge, and the goalless draw suits neither side. As it stands, wins for Liverpool and Manchester City during the week would mean Chelsea wouldn't even have an outside sniff of the title on the last day, while a point at Stamford Bridge - while normally a bonus - would leave Norwich and their vastly inferior goal difference two points behind Sunderland and three behind West Brom with the pair meeting in midweek for a draw of convenience.

    Surely there's a winning goal in this one.
    5/4/2014 4:40:43 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Three minutes of injury time begins, and Bradley Johnson nearly provides a magic moment with a looping header from a long throw hurled into the box, but it has neither the pace or power to beat Schwarzer. Norwich have defended brilliantly, attacked smartly, and have more than deserved their point, but surely - surely - it's only going to prolong their fate rather than help them out of the relegation mire.


    5/4/2014 4:51:27 PM
  • FULL TIME - Chelsea 0 Norwich 0:
    5/4/2014 4:52:01 PM
  • 5/4/2014 5:01:04 PM
  • After a most eventful Saturday, came the non-event of Sunday. 

    There was just one goal scored in the Premier League on May the 4th, but it was what didn’t happen that has proved most significant.

    Chelsea’s inability to beat Norwich means Jose Mourinho had it right all along – the Blues can’t win the title. Well, technically they can, but they need a miracle, and playing in the manner in which they did in the first half, they don’t deserve either a phenomenon or a trophy.

    Norwich also need a miracle after their inability to beat to Chelsea. In any other circumstances, the performance of Neil Adams’ team would bring deserved plaudits, but their resolute defending and careful counter attacking brings just a single point and it’s left them on the precipice – with Sunderland and West Brom waiting to push them in; that pair meet on Wednesday at the Stadium of Light and a draw would almost certainly do the job.

    Albion couldn’t get the point that they require at the Emirates earlier today, going down 1-0 at Arsenal to Olivier Giroud’s early header. A lap of honour at the end capped a fine weekend for the Gunners, in which they won a fourth straight game with a third consecutive clean sheet. Their impressive form is good news ahead of the FA Cup final, but bad news for the Canaries, who need to beat the North London club on the final day – and hope.

    And so just seven days remain. Charles Reynolds will be here next Sunday to talk you through the last rites. Until then, many thanks for reading, not just today, but throughout the season. Enjoy the summer.
    5/4/2014 5:42:22 PM
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