Arsene Wenger refused to get into a discussion about Demba Ba’s contract situation before the game, but the Newcastle striker didn’t let the Arsenal rumours affect him and scored two great goals as the Toon restricted Arsenal to 3 goals apiece in the first hour of yesterday’s match.
That Arsenal scored an extra four in the last 20 minutes was probably not a fair end score as Newcastle got tired towards the end, and Wenger admitted that it wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggests.
He said afterwards: “I agree that Newcastle played their part. The game was not as comfortable as the result indicates. We suffered for big parts in the game, especially in the first half when I felt we played with the handbrake, we were a bit nervous, not free of the chest. We had problems to win the ball back from them.
“Every time they came back but we kept going and in the end of course it became easy, but it was a difficult game for us. Because we were three times in front and three times they came back, but they are a team that is good going forward.
“I was impressed today by Ba, he had an excellent game. The midfield as well, I felt that Marveaux had a very good game. Tiote as well, they were strong. They are a strong team.”
So the Gunners have now won four out of four and are still drawing in the Top Four. We probably really need anpther three points against Southampton to give us extra confidence for the two difficult games coming up after against two of our main rivals for the title….