The most important thing about last night was we got a win at St James Park and we are in the next round of the Carling Cup but last night, watching Emmanuel Eboue perform his theatrics was embarrassing to say the least. I know it’s getting near Panto Time of the year but he really needs to stop falling over as if he has been shot, learn to stay on his feet and grow up. What made it worse was not too long into the game, Nile Ranger could have easily done ‘an Eboue’ and got our goal keeper sent off, he didn’t, he stayed on his feet and thankfully Kos was there to mop up the danger.
From then on, Chesney showed us all why Arsene Wenger will probably not need to buy a goal keeper in January, if of course he can convince the young Pole to sign a new deal.
One sad sight during the game was seeing Kieran Gibbs suffer yet another injury, this time to his knee which resulted in him being substituted on 19 minutes into the game. I got my wish, Sagna came on but I had hoped it would be in place Eboue.
The only other substitutions of the night was made on 70 minutes when Cesc Fabregas replaced Carlos Vela and JET replaced Nikki.
So we lined up in our usual 4-3-3
Eboué Djourou Koscielny Gibbs
Denilson Rosicky Eastmond
Walcott Bendtner Vela
I was surprised to see Eastmond and Vela in the starting line-up, not because I think they are poor but just because Arsene Wenger had been giving such high praise to both Henri Lansbury and JET the day before.
Within minutes of the kick off, we really should have been a goal or two up. Vela and Bendtner both missed chances. We really were all over Newcastle in the first ten minutes, the home side couldn’t settle but we could make it count in front of goal.
Newcastle came into the game and Niel Ranger had a chance after a mad moment from Chesney but Kos cleared, then Alan Smith unleashed a thunderous strike which thankfully hit the bar, mind you I thought it was helped on is way by a wonderful save from Chesney. We were creating chances on the break but sadly some woeful finishing was still on display from our forwards.
Nikki had a couple more good chances and Eboue showed a bit of selfishness when having done all the hard work to get into the box, fired a shot into the side netting when a cross to one of the three players waiting for the ball would have had a better chance to open the scoring.
Then, just before the half-time whistle would blow, it was comedy time and we would benefit. Theo Walcott’s corner was poorly cleared by Nile Ranger, Rosicky headed the ball back in to the box, Bendtner then headed towards goal, Ryan Taylor then tried to head the ball clear but all he managed to do was hit the Newcastle keeper on the head and the ball flew into the net. Life can be so Krul!!
1-0 at half-time, we needed more goals, that must have been on the mind of every Arsenal Fan!
The second half got under away and it wasn’t long before Theo Walcott got his first of the night, with a little help from Nikki – the home fans were incensed that Nikki’s body-check on their player went unpunished just as Theo collected a perfect ball from Djourou to slot home a well taken goal. I am unsure how Nikki got away with that too!
By now Cesc had come on to replace Carlos Vela, the latter didn’t have the best of nights again. He needs a run of games but I just can’t see when he’s going to get them.
The Pole in goal then continued to show us all just why he thinks he’s so good, making a few great saves. He showed little fear diving at the feet of the Newcastle forwards as they searched for a goal and then made another fine save to keep out a Carroll free kick.
Nikki Bendtner made it three following a through ball from our captain and Cesc was the provider again for the fourth, this time releasing Theo Walcott, who again finished well to get his second of the night.
So, 4-0 to The Mighty Arsenal, a great result on what could have been a difficult night in Newcastle….
So who was your Man of the Match?