By Walter Broeckx
First thing first: Happy St. Totteringhamsday to all you Gooners out there!
We will be back to comment on this fact in later articles of course. But now we will start with the match and the natural order in that.
Apart from one time in the second half when Goufran could escape once and fired at Szczesny there was no real goal threat from Newcastle in the 90 minutes.
From the start till the finish it was Arsenal that dominated the match. Not that we immediately set the world on fire. It was being patient against a team that was trying to do a Moaninho on Arsenal. All players in their own half defending their penalty area. And as a few players needed some time to get in the rhythm it took us a bit before we started really going. Ramsey had a for his standards not that good first half hour. Something that is a bit natural I think. After coming back and hitting form immediately a player can have a little dip then. The way he continued later on showed that it was just his engine getting in top gear a bit slower than usual.
The moment when Koscielny scored it was certain that we were playing Newcastle. He has scored against them before. A very vital and important goal. This time a Santi Cazorla free kick was slid in to the goal just before Krul could take the ball in his hands. To kick the ball high in the stands after that was a stupid way to collect a yellow card. Those are the things that get on my nerves. Just imagine he had to make a foul after that and would get a second yellow card. Come on Kos think a bit more and I hope Wenger lectures him about this.
Newcastle then came a bit more forward and left some room behind the defence. I think Walcott would have enjoyed that space. Sad he is out injured. As is The Ox. Poldi with a header that was brilliantly saved by Krul and a few other times we came close to adding a second goal. It came just before the half time. Giroud on his way towards Krul who stopped his first shot, the ball came back to Giroud and again Krul stopped but the ball ran to Özil who made no mistake from close range.
I have heard some people say it was offside. to be honest to me it looked that Özil was at the same height as Krul and Krul was the second last defender. Being level is not offside. So at first sight a valid goal. I would love to see a picture of the moment when Giroud took his second shot to be absolutely sure. 2-0 at half time was a good half way score.
The second half was a bit of a needless affair. Newcastle unable to do anything and Arsenal had put the handbrake on and just passed the ball around and opened up Newcastle when they wanted. Santi Cazorla was running the show assisted by Özil and Rasmey who was back to his usual form of this season.
It was no surprise that our third goal came after a combination of Ramsey and Özil who provided a lovely cross that was headed in by Giroud from close range. 3-0 and the match was completely over. A few more yellow cards were gathered by some players. Sagna was the most stupid one. With a score line like that no need to show your frustration over a foul given by the ref.
In the end it was a rather easy win against a team that tried to park the bus but Arsenal was too strong for them to keep it up for 90 minutes. After some 70 minutes Wenger took off Ramsey and Özil and that was a very wise move. Rosicky and Flamini came on. A bit later Sanogo came on for Giroud but then the match was already well over and I think most in the stadium were just trying to find out how to get home with the strike that had just started in London.
So I hope you get home at a decent hour and had a safe trip. Over here I will see if I can find a picture of the second goal and will make a toast to the honour of St. Totteringham! Another year has passed and another year in which the ones that now would beat us in the league table failed again. And after spending their 100M even earlier than in the years before.
Well done guys, see you on Sunday and let us celebrate 4th spot in style then.