Arsene Wenger will watch the video of the Newcastle game last night and be worried what he sees from a certain Florian Thauvin – once a target of Arsenal’s when the 22 year-old was still at Bastia.
He will see how well Florian can cross the ball and in fact after scoring his first goal for Newcastle after only three minutes, he set up three Newcastle’s next three goals with his pinpoint deliveries – in short he looked great.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring equalizer at the Emirates last November
We are hoping that Florian can start against Arsenal, and put in those crosses and maybe Aleksandar Mitrovic can get on the end of some of them.
In fact Newcastle’s fourth goal scored by Mike Williamson last night looked too easy, and big Mike got on the end of that terrific cross from the Frenchman and headed it into the goal – so easy!
It doesn’t help Arsenal that his two top center-backs Mertesacker and Koscielny missed the Monday night game at home to Liverpool.
It was a close game but Liverpool missed their chances in the first half in a game that ended up 0-0.
Arsenal had former Saints player Calum Chambers and Gabriel Paulista together in central defense and their lack of experience and playing together showed, especially in that first half.
It looks like French International Koscielny will miss the game on Saturday with a back problem, while Mertesacker is sick – so we don’t know whether he can play but maybe not – if he doesn’t recover quickly enough this week and get some training in.
That would give Newcastle a decent chance of coming up with a result on Saturday in the early kick-off game.
But we still need to defend well and last night the team did well but it was a daft penalty that Cheick Tiote gave away.
Maybe that was because of his lack of playing time when he handled unnecessarily in the penalty box after 10 minutes with Newcastle already 2-0 up.
It was a good win last night, and there will probably be a sell-out crowd hoping Newcastle can play well on Saturday and get something out of the game, before the two week International break.
Things are starting to look up at Newcastle, and the 20 year-old Mitrovic will be looking forward to playing Arsenal again.
Last November he nicked the equalizer in stoppage time in that 3-3 come from behind draw last season in the Champions League at the Emirates, after Arsenal had been comfortable at 3-0 up after an hour.
Maybe Aleksandar can open his account at Newcastle on Saturday, and the likelihood is that he can nod in one of those measured Thauvin crosses.