Make that 3wins on the bounce as Arsenal eased to a 2-1 win away at Newcastle.
Here are four things I took away from the game.
– Hello Emery, open your eyes, it’s a Xhaka-Torriera midfield combo.
Flat, clueless and lethargic defined Arsenal’s first half performance at the St James’ Park, no thanks to a midfield partnership of Mateo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka.
Again, for all of his nice touches, Guendouzi – as I type this – isn’t the kind of player to help out the needed intensity in the midfield. A fantastic 19year old on his day but the Europa league and cup games should serve the former Lorient lad well.
For Xhaka he can’t be pushed away. His moments are always huge for Arsenal. Either mistake or otherwise.
The team’s intensity changed the moment Torriera came on for Guendouzi and Xhaka had the free will to roam forward. Wonder why the swiss scored from a well taken free kick?..
A run of games for the Uruguayan and Swiss together would see Unai Emery’s men find their midfield class.
– This team needs a real winger.
Modern football has gone so big that you’d need an orthodox winger to orchestrate your attack, that, which is seriously lacking at Arsenal.
Aubameyang played the game on the wings and cut such a frustrating figure, which isn’t helping his confidence right now.
Fantastic attacking play every match day but the team will be much more deadlier if a winger who can run at defence at will, quick feet and good dribbles is signed.
– Two most criticised players earned us a win.
Mesut Ozil – on his 200th Arsenal appearance – and Granit Xhaka both scored at Tyneside to see us get our third straight premier league win.
Xhaka scored off a freekick and Ozil sliced home a second after Lacazette’s effort was blocked to his path.
No matter how you want to put it, these two have received a whole lot of criticism from ex-players and fans and it’s just a delight to see them score and earned us a win, perhaps, the critics would shut up for at least a week.
– Cech can’t just find a way to keep a clean sheet to save his life.
Five matches and no clean sheet as the wait continues for Unai Emery’s first clean bills as Arsenal’s gaffer.
Cech had not until the 80th min made a save off a header and from that moment, you’d think it’s finally a clean sheet day for the Czech but no, Newcastle would go on to score off a header when the defence had switched off from a cross.
Don’t blame Cech, talk to Mustafi and Sokratis but never mind. It’s 3pts and 3wins on the trot. Blimey!
Next up is our UEFA Europa League clash vs FC Vorskla away. Looking forward to seeing the likes of Elneny, Eddie, Mavropanos and the rest of the fringe players on parade.
Until then, Ya Gunners Ya. Back on Thursday night.
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