Newcastle met an Arsenal side at the very top of their game this afternoon, and given the chances arsenal had, they were lucky to escape with only a 3-0 scoreline.
Arsenal always play good football and they started like a steam engine at the start of this game, and were all over a Newcastle side who found id hard to even get the ball.
But a big Arsenal weakness is they don’t score the goals they should and when on top do not kill off their opposition.
They scored after 18 minutes from a very dubious penalty given against Charles N’Zogbia, but Van Persie made no mistake from the spot, and the Dutchman had a fine game tonight.
But it was 40 minutes gone in which Arsenal had completely outplayed a hard working Newcastle side, who were only kept in the game by the brilliant Shay Given, who made two or three great saves to keep the Gunners out.
But then they scored the crucial second goal when Arsenal tore the Newcastle defense apart and Eboue set up Van Perse who forced home his second goal.
But then just on half time Michael Owen’s looping header was well saved by Almunia, who had nothing to do in the first half.
Just before half time Sebastian Bassong came on for the injured Jose Enrique – another injured player. 🙁
The second half wasn’t much different but Newcastle were trying hard to get back in the game, and they were pushing forward a lot more.
Then after 51 minutes Given staked a claim to playing out, when he dribbled past two Arsenal forwards in the penalty area, something that the commentators said he will be watching that video a few times when he finally retires.
Then after 56 minutes Newcastle got their first corner of the game and Nicky Butt’s header hit the cross-bar.
Then after 57 minutes a good dummy by Michael Owen set up Guthrie who had a good shot saved by Almunia.
But after 59 minutes a brilliant goal by Arsenal put an end to Newcastle’s hopes of getting anything from this game.
They split the Newcastle defense wide open and Denilson got his first goal ever for the Arsenal side.
Then after 89 minutes David Edgar cane on for Habib Beye, and Joey Barton came on to a round of booing, and replaced the ever hard working Jonas Gutierrez.
But this was all Arsenal – and to be fair to Newcastle they found the Gunners in irresistible form, and not many teams could have done too much better this afternoon at the Emirates.
Shay Given was magnificent for Newcastle and but for 4 world class saves the scoreline would have been a lot worse for the Magpies. And Coloccini had another solid and classy game at the heart of Newcastle defense, and was well supported by Steven Taylor.
In midfield Danny Guthrie did well and again hardly gave the ball away, and Michael Owen was hard working, and with any luck may have had a couple of goals today.
Jonas Gutierrez and Charles N’Zogbia worked their socks off for the cause, and it’s ghard to think there’s are harder working winger sin the Premier league.
Also if William Gallas, Van Perse, Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Vela and Theo Walcott hadn’t missed excellent chances things could have been an awful lot worse for Newcastle. Yes, it certainly could hav ebeen a lot worse than 3-0.
We didn’t deserve any points, and we didn’t get any, but we can still finish 5th this season even if get no points against the top four, because we can beat all of the remaining 15 clubs, home or away.
That’s where we have to pick the points up, so let’s not get too despondent about today’s result –
Arsenal were just too good for us today.
Arsenal: Manuel Almunia, Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure, William Gallas (c), Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Eboue, Denilson, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor
Subs: Lukasz Fabianski, Carlos Vela, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Song, Johan Djourou, Nicklas Bendtner
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrqiue, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Jonas Gutierrez, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Joey Barton, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger
Referee: Rob Styles