In what was another magnificent performance from Chris Hughton’s side this afternoon against the mighty Arsenal, Newcastle have got their third win of the season in London – where’s Chris Hughton from again?
Newcastle started brightly and outplayed Arsenal for the first 15 minutes or so, before the Gunners started to get going and move into their stride.
But Newcastle looked a very well organized side, and they always appear to be well coached these days, and the lads took everything the London side could throw at them.
But on 39 minutes, a world class save from young Tim Krul from a Sami Nasri snap shot on 39 minutes, kept Newcastle level – it was a fabulous stop from the 22 year-old, who somehow turned the ball over the bar, and Tim had a very strong game today.
And then would you believe it – after showing up well in the first half, with some determined running at the Arsenal defense, Andy Carroll soared high like a bird, to a cross from – who else – Joey Barton – and beat goalkeeper Fabianski to head the ball home. That was Andy’s 6th goal of the season, and what a goal it was from Andy – and right in front of the England manager Fabio Capello.
But for Newcastle – who played 4-4-2 away from home, had to thank Ivory Coast whizkid Cheick Tiote for another top performance, as he battled for the midfield, and had another terrific game for the Magpies – what a buy this boy is.
Wenger knew he was in trouble at half time and brought on Andrei Arshavin and Robin van Persie very early in the second half, as the home fans became increasingly frustrated, as Newcastle’s defense was having one of their best games of the season and were absorbing everything thrown at them..
Newcastle would have expected heavy pressure in that second half, and they got it, and then Arsenal threw on Nicklas Bendtner for the last 18 minutes for their final substitution.
And as Chris did last Sunday against Sunderland, he brought on 18 year-old Nile Ranger for Shola Ameobi, to leave two big lads up front, and Newcastle held on for a memorable victory – against one of the top sides in Europe.
It was Newcastle’s first win at Arsenal in 11 visits – and we had said we were therefore due a win. 😀
Boos from the Arsenal fans at the end of the game but dare we say it – Newcastle deserved all 3 points this afternoon with some excellent defending – and nobody doubts the will of this Newcastle side this season – nobody.
And it’s another feather in the cap for manager Chris Hughton is who is fast becoming a folk hero on Tyneside.
But we know the drill and we have two upcoming home games against Blackburn and Fulham – and we must win those games, and the lads will not get carried aw, and neither will we – although it’s very very hard.
But having said all that – this was a wonderful performance and a fantastic result for a gallant Newcastle United side.
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Arsenal: Fabianski; Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy; Walcott, Song, Fabregas, Nasri (Arshavin, 56), Wilshere (Bendtner, 72); Chamakh (van Persie,, 57).
Subs not used: Szczesny, Rosicky, Djourou, Eboue.
Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi (Ranger, 82), Carroll.
Subs not used: Soderberg, Campbell, S Taylor, Routledge, Smith, Lovenkrands.
Goals: Carroll 45
Bookings: Clichy 23, Tiote 32, Fabregas 69, Sagna 90
Sent off: Koscielny 90
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)