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Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, former Gunner Martin Hayes and Andrew Mangan of Arseblog.

Read on for their post-match comments and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

The only predictable thing about this season has been its unpredictability and the past weekend proved that once again. Arsenal fans have been taken on an emotional rollercoaster since August and Saturday was a microcosm of that with ecstasy and agony in equal measure. Norwich were by far the better team after Benayoun's early goal and if we're honest they could have been out of sight by the hour mark. Van Persie came to the rescue but he also missed a few presentable chances and how he didn't get that stoppage-time penalty is beyond me. Having said that Norwich had a clear penalty turned down as well so a draw was probably the fair result. Thank heavens Tottenham and Newcastle couldn't take advantage - somehow we're still in the driving seat for third going into that crucial final game.

It goes without saying that nothing less than a win will do on Saturday. I have a hunch that Tottenham will drop points at Aston Villa while Newcastle have a very tough test against Manchester City but Arsenal can't take anything for granted and have to take care of business. Make no mistake, Norwich will be no pushovers. Paul Lambert has bought wisely and I've been particularly impressed by Anthony Pilkington this season. Norwich are on a bad run but they have pace, energy and the muscle of Grant Holt up front - he will give Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen a serious test. I'd love to see the Ox play from the start because I think his pace will be key, especially with Theo Walcott injured. Arsenal have injury problems and some of their players are tired after a long, hard season, but I fancy Robin van Persie and Tomas Rosicky to drag us over the line. I'm going for a 3-1 home win.

Martin Hayes

It was a majorly frustrating day for Arsenal. They put in a poor performance for much of the game and didn't really turn up at all in the first half. Norwich put in a really strong display and benefited from some soft goals that Arsenal gave away. Having got such a great start I was expecting to see Arsenal build on it but they didn't. Then having rescued the situation and gone 3-2 up with 10 minutes to go, you'd expect the game to be closed out. Once again it didn't happen and Norwich got their equaliser. It was a crazy afternoon and I'm expecting another one next weekend. You just don't know what to expect in this league anymore! It's going to go to the wire so let's hang in there.

After three games without a win, you have to say this really is a must-win for Arsenal. There is little room for error with both Tottenham and Newcastle just a point behind and buoyed by their own recent results. While Norwich have impressed this season, their recent form has left little to be desired and Arsenal should be able to take advantage of that comfortably – providing the pressure does not get the better of them. Three points are crucial to securing Champions League football next season and anything else seems unthinkable at this moment in time. The physical presence of Grant Holt is likely to be the visitors’ most potent attacking threat, while Elliott Bennett and Anthony Pilkington have proved competent wingers at this level. But no matter how they do it, Arsenal must get the job done.

Blog - Arseblog

Scoring three goals at home against a team like Norwich should be enough to take three points. Unfortunately, our ability to self-destruct was never more obvious than on Saturday. Going ahead should have been a platform to really dominate the game, instead we backed off and Norwich punished us. We then fought hard to get ahead, and then let them back into it to equalise. The team seemed unfocused almost from the start and considering what was at stake it was very difficult to understand why. Had this reaction been written in the immediate aftermath then perhaps it might have been more harsh, but this extraordinary season continues to hand us chances when it looks like we've blown it. Spurs and Newcastle dropped points and it means that if we beat West Brom on Sunday we'll finish third. Arsène has got to get his men focused and ready. We need to see the Arsenal that played so well against Man City, otherwise I fear we'll finish this season with real regrets.

I think everybody is fully aware of how important our final two games this season are. It's very simple - win them both and we finish third. Such is the tightness of the situation that goal difference is an issue. As it stands ours is one better than Spurs' so without trying to be presumptuous in any way, it would be nice to see us take our chances against Norwich. I thought we had the chances to win the games against Chelsea and Stoke but poor finishing and a bit of bad luck prevented that. However, in our final league game of the season, with the crowd right behind the players, I hope we'll have too much for a side with little or nothing left to play for this season. That's not to say we should underestimate our opponents in any way - they've looked good this season and Paul Lambert has done a great job - but our motivation for this should be extremely high, and I hope we can match that both in terms of performance and goals scored. Anything less than a win would be a disaster but I'm confident we've got what it takes.

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7 May 2012