At Least It Wasn’t 4-3 Again…
A great first half performance looked to have been for nothing as with a couple of minutes to go, Newcastle trailed to a coolly taken Theo Walcott goal.
United had more shots, more shots on target, more corners and more possession, thankfully Demba Ba evened it up with our first set-piece goal of the season as lady luck came our way for once with a deflected free-kick in the forty third minute.
Playing offside with a high line is always living on the edge and Newcastle were punished at the first time of asking as Santon just played Walcott on and his nineteenth minute finish was impressive. Before the match there was surprise registered on this site that he had already scored eleven goals, no we can see why he’s scored a few.
For all their triangles and close passing it was Newcastle who worked the ball into better positions and as always if only we had better delivery into the box…
Marveaux was carrying on his Manchester United performance and on the stroke of half-time his shot from outside the box was well saved. Newcastle more than deserving their halfway parity.
Arsenal came out fired up though and after only five minutes of the second half they were back in front, a daft Simpson throw gifted possession on the edge of the box and when the ball was squared to Oxlade-Chamberlain his twenty yard shot went right in the bottom corner.
More slack defending though, this time by Cisse, let the Gunners back in and after a scramble Podolski scored.
On 69 minutes though, for me the goal of the match. Marveaux hit a glorious cross with the outside of his left boot and Ba lashed it past the keeper.
It was that dreaded 4-3 scoreline again as Tiote was caught in possession and Walcott got his second.
With ten minutes left things fell apart though as while Arsenal could bring on the likes of Giroud and Ramsey, Pardew shuffled his pack with Shola and Ferguson replacing Bigirimana and Simpson. Unfortunately, we were then all over the place as Walcott completed his hat-trick and Giroud almost claimed a fifteen minute one.
It’s a cruel game at times and things don’t get much crueller than today.
Full match report to follow.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Giroud 74), Cazorla (Coquelin 86), Podolski (Ramsey 82), Walcott
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson (Ferguson 83), Coloccini, Perch, Santon, Bigirimana (Shola 82), Tiote, Cisse, Marveaux (Tavernier 87), Obertan, Ba
Unused Subs: Harper, Streete, Abeid, Sammy Ameobi
Ref: Chris Foy
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