Daniel Farke was left to rue an impressive display from Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as his Norwich City slipped further adrift of the chasing pack during a 4-0 thrashing at the Emirates, speaking to the Canaries’ official website.
While Tim Krul made the most uncharacteristic of errors to gift Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the easiest goal he will ever score in north London, the Dutchman’s opposite number looked solid and reliable once again.
Arsenal fans were wringing their hands and furrowing their brows when Bernd Leno, the talismanic German, suffered a serious injury in the recent 2-1 defeat to Brighton.
But they needn’t have worried.
In Martinez, Mikel Arteta has one of the best back-up ‘keepers in the Premier League.
And the Argentine proved himself again in midweek, clawing away a brilliant Kenny McLean free-kick before denying Adam Idah too as Arsenal secured a second successive clean sheet.
“Tim (Krul) is always self-critical, but he’s played a fantastic season so far and is so important for us,” Farke said, backing his often heroic number one.
“I’m totally happy with him and that we have him. Even he has the right to make mistakes.
“We were close to showing a reaction at the start of the second half but Martinez was there with some really good saves. We were close to scoring to get back in the game.
“After that (the third goal), the game was over.”
In truth, yesterday’s match was Norwich’s season in a microcosm.
The Canaries played some pretty, eye-catching football at times but, once again, their error-strewn backline wrecked any chances they might have had of claiming an unlikely point or three.