A 7-3 victory but there’s still cause for concern.
Would we have still turned on the style at the end had Newcastle been a team without so many injuries, or one who had more strength on the bench or indeed one who had not played just a few days before?
Sounds like us on another day doesn’t it?
We’ll never know now but as long as Arsene Wenger looks at the defensive frailties on display yesterday and takes them to the training ground to resolve, then ok. If he and Bould were watching the space gifted to Newcastle in the midfield and rectifies this by signing a DM in January, then ok but if these two problems on the pitch continue, other sides will tear us apart.
Those gaping errors gifted Newcastle their three goals.
We could only play against what/who we were up against and getting seven goals in the fashion we did in the end was a joy to behold..
All too often recently, the team have given us reason to moan, moan and moan and as already said, they did it again yesterday at times but the difference was, they gave us a lot more to cheer about. The way we scored goals and finished the game off in so much style was simply stunning.
We scored seven goals and not one was a fluke…….
The first goal came after good work from Podolski on the left in our own area, he played a super ball down the left hand side into space, space which Walcott was running in to. Theo then picked the ball up, ran on into the penalty area and curled his shot past Krul and inside the far post…
All done in front of the man he wants to emulate, Thierry Henry. Well that wasn’t a bad start!
Sagna had pushed up and from just outside the penalty area, he played the ball to Podolski who was central and just outside the box. Podolski pushed the ball out left to Gibbs who crossed into the penalty area. Podolski totally goofed the return ball which then went onto Theo who had his back towards goal. A little turn, a little control followed by a placed shot into the roof of the net resulted in his second of the match!
Theo’s third was made of stuff which only pundits would brag about if scored by the Mancs or Chelsea… It really was stunning.
The last few days the world of football has had cause to question players attitudes, managers attitudes and cheats who try and earn penalties. (Bale tried again yesterday and got booked).
Walcott showed the better side of the game to grab his third and as Keegan said, ‘it was a combination of strictly come dancing and holiday on ice’. He did go on to say it was very good.
We had a free kick down the left, he played a quick one-two with Jack and with a defender left and right of him he drove through the middle, a sneaky tackle from behind floored him but he rode it well with a knee slide, got straight back onto his feet passed two more Newcastle players and chipped the ball passed Krul into the back of the net!!
Cant finish, isn’t a striker??
He also turned provider for Giroud with a wonderful cross at great pace from the right. The big Frenchman got himself into the right place, the Englishman supplied the right in-swinging ball..
As was the strike from Oxlade-Chamberlain, a super struck shot into the corner of the net and to be honest, he’d not had the best of games but a goal will keep his confidence high.
Then of course there was the goal which Jack created from nothing really. Our loyal number ten burst through the final centre of the pitch after a ball played to him by Podolski. As he went into the penalty area, it looked like he’d lost his chance to cross but just before the ball looked likely to go out after pressure from a Newcastle defender, Jack whipped in a left footed cross right in front of the keeper. Coloccinii tried to clear it but his header hit the top of the bar and rebounded to Podolski who was there to head the rebound home…..
Giroud scored another for his second, another great finish and annoyingly for him, the woodwork stood between him and and his hat-trick..
We missed a few, we could, maybe even should have scored eleven but is anyone going to complain about that?
I didn’t think so.
What a way for the boys to end 2012 at The Emirates….
Much will be made of Theo’s celebration after the game and the way he thanked all the fans with the match ball in hand but ever since our young Englishman has been with the club, he’s always shown great appreciation for the fans, so yesterday was probably no different. If his contract renewal is being stalled just because he wants an extra £5,000 a week, surely it’s time for the club to give in and agree.
Sure as heck some other club will, especially after yesterday….
Now it’s over to the January transfer window….
Have a good day all…..