Newcastle put up a spirited performance in this game, and in the end were unlucky not to get a point, as they came storming back in the second half from a two goal deficit with two goals from Giroud, and Moussa Sissoko scored after only four minutes into the second half to start what was a great comeback by the Magpies.
Moussa Sissoko scores Newcastle’s goal after 49 minutes
Newcastle continuously attacked Arsenal in the second half and Moussa Sissoko, Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella always looked dangerous.
Newcastle started the game very brightly but then two goals in just four minutes just before the 30 minute mark from Giroud seemed to have put the game away for Arsenal.
Arsenal went ahead after 24 minutes when Cazorla took a free kick from the right and it was headed on by Danny Welbeck to Giroud who poked the ball past Krul and into the net with his left foot and Arsenal were 1-0 up.
Vurnon Anita was guarding the post but was a yard inside – which is where the ball went – poor defending by Anita.
In the next couple of minutes Arsenal created two or three good chances with the Newcastle defense stretched – but then after 28 minutes they went 2-0 up and it was a simple goal.
A Cazorla corner was met by Giroud who out muscled Mike Williamson to head the ball past Tim Krul and it was 2-0 and things were not looking good for Newcastle.
In the second half Ryan Taylor and Cabella combined well down the right wing and Ryan put Cabella through on the right with a brilliant through ball, and the Frenchman pulled the ball back well and it was Moussa Sissoko who rammed the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1.
And Newcastle were going all out for the equalizer with the crowd right behind them, but another goal just wouldn’t come.
There were a lot of positives to take out of the game including some really good performances from some of the Newcastle players, and Daryl Janmaat had a strong game at center-back – we must keep this player this summer.
The Newcastle players were applauded off at the end of the game – and they deserved the applause.
While we didn’t expect anything from this game, our lads were excellent today – especially in that second half – but we just didn’t have the luck.
However, Newcastle drop down to 12th place in the league behind Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace, who won away from home again – this time 2-1 at Stoke City.
That’s 11 points Palace have gained on Newcastle since Alan Pardew’s last game in charge of Newcastle in the 3-2 home win against Everton.
However good we were today in that second half, Newcastle have now lost four of the last five games and have three defeats in a row.
We’ll have a full report coming up.
You can follow us on our three social media sites below: