Match Talk: Newcastle vs Arsenal


Summary & Opinion

It has been a great day for us. Two top teams failed to gain three points as we are starting to creep up the league table. Man United lost away to Fulham, Spurs also did us the favour beating Chelsea.

We went to Newcastle today and played an outstanding game. We made several chances to open the game up early on, but don’t get me wrong Newcastle also attacked well during the first fourty five minutes. The game could have went a whole different way if Obafemi Martins had scored the penalty Almunia gave away early on in the game. He held strong and saved the penalty to keep us level, well done on him making up for his mistake.

It was only twelve minutes after half time when Bendtner headed a great free kick into the back of the net which was delivered by Andrei Arshavin. On the downside that lead only kept us infront less then a minute. Martins scored an equaliser seconds later to keep them in it.

Now on the positive side as we seemed at the beggining of the season, fans would have been less confident in the team to score another, it seemed when the going used to get tough we would drop in terms of spirit and end up just holding on or losing. Tonight we pulled it back nicely when Diaby belted in a great goal assisted by Van Persie to make it 2-1. Then just three minutes later Nasri added to the score sheet to finish the game off, again with Van Persie assisting the goal.

It was ashame the Dutch striker couldn’t get on the score board after a decent game. Would be nice to see him getting some more goals now. Another good performance pulled off by The Arsenal, we’re looking good and progressing week in week out. I believe we will now secure that fourth spot, if not higher.

Player Ratings:

Manuel Almunia (6.5)
Bacary Sagna (7)
William Gallas (6.5)
Kolo Toure (7)
Gael Clichy (7.5)
Andrey Arshavin (7)
Denilson (7)
Abou Diaby (7.5)
Samir Nasri (8.5)
Robin Van Persie (8)
Nicklas Bendtner (8)


Alexandre Song (6.5)
Emmanuel Eboue (6)

Gooner of the Goonerforum

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