Arsenal failed to create any decent chances despite having the majority of the possession against a stubborn Norwich defence while the Canaries looked to strike on the counter.
It was on one such ocassion when Alexander Tettey fired a thunderbolt from range which swerved and was saved by Vito Mannone, only for Grant Holt to pounce ahead of Per Mertesacker to score the only goal of the game.
The Gunners upped a gear in the second half but lacked the penetration and movement to break into the Norwich box, gifting the hosts their first win of the season.
John Ruddy - 6.5
The Englishman confidently dealt with all the lame attempts on goal that Arsenal threw at him and was helped by a solid defence ahead of him.
Russell Martin - 7
Martin dropped deep and kept his flank tidy, allowing Arsenal's wing men little space and time to work with.
Sebastien Bassong - 8
The former Tottenham player was immense for Norwich, clearing away all the threats and sweeping up for his team mates in the rare event that they were breached.
Michael Turner - 7.5
Turner hardly lost an aerial battle and dominated Giroud whenever the Frenchman went near him. Turner was caught out once by him but smartly committed a foul which saved a certain goal for his side.
Javier Garrido - 7.5
Martin dropped deep and kept his flank tidy, allowing Arsenal's wing men little space and time to work with. He was beaten on one occasion by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but Bassong was there to cover for him.
Bradley Johnson - 7.5
Johnson was neat and chased down Arsenal's midfielder with relish back into their own half and was one of the main reasons that they had a tough time.
Anthony Pilkington - 7.5
He was always running at Jenkinson but failed to get the better of the youngster. However, his crossing and set piece was excellent for his side.
Elliot Bennett (Off 78') - 6.5
Bennett failed to Andre Santos' shaky defending but did well defensively by hounding the Brazilian when he had the ball.
Wesley Hoolahan (Off 90') - 8
His piercing passes were a constant source of trouble for Arsenal and he was everywhere in the second half, chasing down the midfielders.
Alexander Tettey - 8
Tettey chased down all the clearances from his defence with relish and held the ball up well for his side. He was the catalyst for the only goal of the game with his low, swerving shot which was parried onto Holt's path to score.
Grant Holt (Off 90') - 8.5
He was always in the Arsenal defence's hair and managed to win headers off Mertesacker, which is no mean feat. He was always threatening to break on the counter and relieve the pressure for his side. Holt scored the winning goal by taking a first touch to slot it into goal - a classy striker's finish.
Robert Snodgrass (On 78') - N/A
Steve Morison (On 90') - N/A
Ryan Bennett (On 90') - N/A
Vito Mannone - 6
The Italian would be disappointed to concede the goal after doing well to save the low, swerving shot from Tettey. He did well in terms of distribution - a rare trait in a Premier League keeper - and never looked nervy even with Holt frequently running back at him.
Per Mertesacker - 5
The big German was slow to react to the goal conceded - he looked like he was going in slow motion for the rebound while Holt easily beat him to the ball. He looked shaky throughout with Holt running at him.
Thomas Vermaelen - 6
Vermaelen was neat in defence and covered up well when Santos forayed forward.
Andre Santos - 5
He seemed bereft of ideas going forward, constantly trying awkward-looking stepovers and giving the ball away too frequently.
Carl Jenkinson - 7
The youngster tried to provide support down the right flank and was Arsenal's best option going wide for most of the game. More impressively, he managed to cover his flank when Norwich launched counter attacks.
Mikel Arteta - 7
The Spaniard performed his role well, controlling the play from deep and holding out defensively by cutting out passes.
Lukas Podolski (Off 64') - 3.5
Podolski was virtually anonymous. Not wide enough to provide width, he delved right into the Norwich defence without providing movement to generate space for his team mates to find him.
Aaron Ramsey (Off 82') - 4.5
Ramsey was insipid going forward and lost the ball too frequently - a liability to his side. It's a wonder that Wenger still sticks with him, given his poor passing rate and little width down the right.
Santi Cazorla - 5
Gervinho - 6
Unlike the other Arsenal attackers, Gervinho never stopped running but he was too one-dimensional, always looking to dribble and failing to look out for better passing options when he got into good positions. Full marks for effort though.
Olivier Giroud - 5.5
After scoring his first Premier League goal against West Ham before the international break, and finding the net for France, Giroud looked a tad tired and lacked sharpness, being easily out-muscled by the Norwich side. He wasn't helped by the poor supply of passes from his team mates.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (On 64') (Off 73') - N/A
The yougnster was unfortunate to injure himself when challenging for a ball against Bassong.
Andrei Arshavin (On 73') - 5.5
He came on but didn't have much impact in the game.
Gnabry (On 82') - N/A