Derby County were hammered 5-0 at Arsenal yesterday and looked decidedly second rate against a resurgent young Arsenal side.
Newcastle’s 1-0 loss last Monday night has therefore been sandwiched between Derby’s 6-0 loss at Liverpool last weekend and a 5-0 loss at the Emirates.
As a Newcastle supporter, that doesn’t make Monday night’s defeat by Derby any easier to take.
One thing that is helpful is that Derby have played a lot better at Pride Park this season, but it may well be they will not be able to survive their first season back in the Premiership.
Cesc Fabregas – after scoring yesterday – an emerging world-class player
The game yesterday showed two things. It showed that Derby are very definitely second rate in terms of skill, if not effort. It also showed clearly that Arsenal are back to their very best. The Arsenal team looked in terrific form and so young. Their midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, had another outstanding game and is quickly becoming a world-class central midfielder.
Arsene Wenger, who looked like he was really enjoying the game, has said he will give more of his youngsters a try-out against Newcastle on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup 3rd round. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the team will be weakened much. Wenger has lots of brilliant youngsters just waiting for their chance to shine at Arsenal, and to be sure it will be a difficult game on Tuesday for Newcastle United.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored a hat trick yesterday and Cesc Fabregas finished off his excellent display with a terrific goal. The first goal was an absolute corker from just outside the box by Diaby, which looked like one of the best goals of the season so far.
This is what Wenger had to say after the game:
This team means business. We are not there to show off. We want to achieve something together.”
“We try to play football we love here, it is linked to what we aspire to do. When we don’t win we are criticized, when we win people love us.”
“There is still room for improvement and the target is to get better and hopefully peak in April and May.”
The way they played yesterday Arsenal have once again become the best side to watch in the Premiership. Their football flowed beautifully and the only mystery is how does Wenger and his staff identify all these great players so early in their careers? Fabregas, as an example, was signed by the club when he was just 17 years old and even then he looked really good.
We’ll just have to hope, from the Magpies’ viewpoint, that Big Sam can cast his scouting net out even wider, and bring in a few young players who can develop the way they have at Arsenal. One thing is very real after yesterday’s performance by Arsenal – our game on Tuesday night will be an enormous challenge for our boys.