Robin van Persie continues to display the fantastic form that has guided Arsenal to some excellent finishes, as the Dutch forward scored twice to lead the Gunners over Norwich City on Saturday at Carrow Road, 2-1.

Steve Morison got the Canaries on the board first with a goal in the 17th minute. The Welsh forward may have fouled centre back Per Mertesacker on the play to win the ball, before breaking free to deliver a right-footed shot by Wojciech Szczesny. Mertesacker could have perhaps avoided the situation entirely if he did a better job of shielding the ball, but was simply out-muscled by Morison.

Van Persie would level the score 10 minutes later when he tapped in a cross from winger Theo Walcott.

The score would stay 1-1 until van Persie struck again in the 59th minute. Defensive midfielder Alex Song found the Holland international sprinting on the right side, and van Persie was all alone to score again on John Ruddy.

We went 1-0 down early on and it's tough to come here, said defender Thomas Vermaelen. But I felt confident from the start and in the beginning we had a lot of chances before they scored. I was confident we could turn the game our way. 

It's the play of van Persie that has been the story for the Gunners. He has scored 30 goals in 2011.

He's exceptional but we all know within the club that he's an exceptional player, said Wenger, about van Persie. Sometimes, what was in the way was the fact he was injured. Since he plays, he shows just how good he is.  

Norwich gave a strong effort in the loss. The Canaries pushed forward with a chance to even the match when substitute Elliott Bennett's cross to Anthony Pilkington didn't get the touch it needed and went wide, in the 65th minute.

Norwich took nine shots on the game with two on goal, while Arsenal took 20 shots with 11 on goal. Arsene Wenger's squad controlled the ball for 58 percent of the match.

Arsenal have now earned their 10th win in 12 matches. For Norwich, it was their fourth match without a victory. They host Queens Park Rangers next week.

The Gunners face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in Champions League group play action, and then host Fulham next week at Emirates Stadium in Premier League play.

Here is a look at the highlights of the Norwich City - Arsenal match.


Norwich vs Arsenal Goals by Arsenal2011Season