Arsenal 7 -3 Newcastle, who would’ve thought it? by KJ
What a game. I was there today at the Emirates and I just count myself lucky that I was there to witness another rollicking at the hands of the Arsenal. It was a very tense game until the 70th minute where Theo was the star!
The match started very tentatively which is a common feature now for any Arsenal game. The passes were sloppy and the overall understanding between the players wasn’t there.
However, the players eventually got their act together and it was none other than the controversial Theo Walcott who’d net the first goal. It was a beauty as well. He peeled off their high line and was through one on one with Krul. However, he was on the left side of the pitch and it was going to be something special to beat Krul from there and it was. A peach of curler reminiscent of the Henry era separated the two sides. 1-0.
But it was only a matter of time before we gave away the lead. A free kick was given away by Sagna in a very dangerous position for Newcastle. Ba stepped up to take it (a player heavily linked with a move to Arsenal) and the ball ended up in the back of the net. However, it wasn’t a good free kick, it was deflected off Jack’s head (I still don’t understand what he was doing there). 1-1.
We start the second pretty well and manage to get our second of the day with another Englishman, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It was a brilliant across the goal strike from the 18 year old. Such class for someone so young. It was good for him to get a goal as he hasn’t scored one for absolute ages. 2-1.
Again, we didn’t make it easy and almost immediately Marveaux equalised for the Magpies. Obertan skinned Sagna (yes, Obertan) and crossed it low to a completely unmarked Marveaux at the far post who just tapped it in. There were massive questions defensively over both Sagna and Gibbs. 2-2.
Then we scored again but this time with Podolski. He was really putting in a shift defensively because of Gibb’s lapses and was finally able to do something a bit more familiar when he scored. Wilshere ran through Newcastle’s team with ease (not even a surprise anymore with this kid) before effortlessly dinking it over to Walcott on the by-line who hits the post before Podolski bundles it in. 3-2.
Are we starting to see a pattern here? I am. We conceded again from the far post as Sagna failed to prevent the cross before Gibbs failed to mark Ba who smashed it in at the near post (from his angle) giving Newcastle fans something to cheer about. 3-3.
I was nervous as there was no telling how this game would end.
Luckily Theo went on to produce a master class that put away any doubts I had. He scored a brilliant goal from a Gibbs cross capitalising on Podolski’s miss hit. It was cool, composed and ruthless. 4-3.
He then assisted Giroud as the Frenchman hammered in the cross with his head. 5-3.
Then Giroud again scored thanks to a mazy run by Theo. He ran through Newcastle’s defence before being fouled where advantage was given and Giroud scored a near post goal with his right foot. That should do his confidence some good. 6-3.
We wasn’t done there do as Theo wanted to get his hat trick. He was hungry for it. Theo started a mazy run from the left where he took out two Newcastle players before being fouled inside the box for a penalty but he slid on the grass, stood back up taking out another 2 Newcastle players (literally) before delectibally dinking it over Krul for his well-deserved hat trick. 7-3.
Giroud had a chance at the death to get himself a hat trick which would’ve been some feat considering he’d only been on the pitch for 10 minutes. However, his shoot hit the bar and I was gutted for him.
All in all it was a great match for the Arsenal that had many positives. But Wenger will need to put Gibbs and Sagna in line as they were diabolical for the majority of the match and were at fault for 2 goals collectively whilst Sagna alone was at fault for the first.