At the end of the game last night Newcastle United were a well beaten side â€“ but they were also a tired side having been forced to play within 48 hours of their good victory on Sunday against West Ham United.
It was obvious that some of the players ran out of steam â€“ especially in the second half when the young Arsenal side â€“ which was almost a completely different side that demolished Derby County 5-0 on Saturday, raised their game a notch.
Sam Allardyce – Oba Martins could have had match ball
Why Newcastle had to play within 48 hours is rather stupid but it’s all down to money again as Spurs play their Carling Cup game tonight and the two North London teams wanted to play on separate nights and they got their way. The Emirates stadium was a complete sell-out last night and the Arsenal fans certainly enjoyed what was served up for them.
Sam Allardyce was understandably disappointed after the game as he said:
“Oba could be sat here with the match ball,”
“That leaves us a bit disappointed, but we’re more disappointed with being forced to play the game tonight after playing on Sunday.”
“What we got was a fatigued set of players. As good as Arsenal were, we ran out of legs and they finally capitalized on that.”
Arsene Wenger must have been delighted with the performance of his youngsters:
“In the first half Newcastle defended well,” “But slowly we took over and in the second half it was all us.”
“We should have scored many times and didn’t, but we didn’t rush forward and get caught on the counter-attack. We were good and intelligent, and I like that.”
The goals that beat Newcastle came late with only 7 minutes to go as Newcastle had battled well to stay on level terms. In the 83rd minute19 year-old Dane Nicklas Bendtner, who had an excellent game and looked real class (like a lot of the other Arsenal youngsters) showed some brilliant touches, and finally powered home a great header that finally beat Newcastle’s Shay Given. 17 year old Frenchman Armand TraorÃ©’s had jinxed down the left before laying off the perfect cross.
“Bendtner was top quality,” “His presence in the game was great.”
Then in the last minute 19 year-old Brazilian Denilson smashed home a wonderful shot into the top right hand corner which again left Shay Given helpless.
Wenger added with a sly dig at some of his critics:
“You accused us of overplaying and short-passing – now we score headers and long-distance goals,”
It was some performance from the young Arsenal second string.
Here are the goals in case you haven’t seen them.