Arsenal produced a scintilating display to defeat Newcastle inspired by a brace from Robin Van Persie.
This was by far Arsenal’s best performance of the season, building on from the midweek demolition of FC Twente. The Gunners played Newcastle off the park from the first moment and twice went close from Gallas and Kolo Toure.
Arsenal took the lead in the 18th minute, N’Zogbia penalised for handball in which Robin Van Persie powerfully dispatched in to the bottom corner. The second came just before half time, Van Persie finishing well after a back heel from Eboue. A brief spell for Newcastle at the start of the second half could not stop the Gunners as Nicky Butt hit the bar, Denilson finishing a clever move.
Arsenal were in full flow straight from the kick off, in contrast to Newcastle who are in dire threads at the moment with James Milner having left. The best chance came for Owen in the first half as his shot was blocked by his own team mate Ameobi when destined to equalise. Nicky Butt did well to hit the bar with a header as he was stretching but that was the best they could get in the second half. Jonas Gutierrez threatened and Owen looked lively but the rest of the team could not handle the red hot Gunners. Even with Fabregas not at his best did Arsenal win this comfortably.
The long winded passes of last year were replaced by a more quicker Gunners, counter attacking with speed which in effect made Arsenal more ruthless. Van Persie put his poor start behind as he constantly dropped of to terrorise the Magpies defence and his intelligence and running were a constant problem all day. Unfortunately he couldn’t get his hat-trick as he went off injured for the bright Carlos Vela.
In truth it was a all round team effort from Arsenal with a more balanced display, Denilson profiting from the cool head of Fabregas to partner in midfield. The substitutes Song, Walcott and Vela in particular did well showing great strength and maturity beyond his years.
It was a great performance from the Gunners against hapless Newcastle team and a perfomance which the Gunners’ fans hope to continue on.
Arsenal: Almunia (7), Sagna (7), Toure (8), Gallas (7), Clichy (7), Eboue (7) (Walcott 72 (6)), Fabregas (7), Denilson (8) (Song Billong 69 (6)), Nasri(7), Adebayor (8), Van Persie (9) (Vela 63 (7)).
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Ramsey, Djourou, Bendtner
Newcastle: Given (8), Coloccini (6), Jose Enrique (6) (Bassong 44 (5)), Taylor (5), Gutierrez (7) (Barton 89 (5)), Guthrie (5), Butt (6), Beye (6) (Edgar 89 (5)), N’Zogbia (5), Owen (7), Ameobi (5).
Subs Not Used: Harper, Tozer, Donaldson, Ranger
Star Man- Robin Van Persie: Arsenal needed a performance from the Dutchman and did he deliver. Two great goals and a constant threat for the remainder of his match.
Performance Rating: 5/5– Things can only get better for the Gunners and if they do then I should start rating out of 10! True it was maybe a tired Newcastle side but what a performance.
|Arsenal||Team Statistics||Newcastle United|
|2||1st Half Goals||0|
|12||Shots on Target||2|
|7||Shots off Target||1|
|Van Persie (pen) 18
Van Persie 41