Newcastle 1 – 3 Arsenal…

“I think it was a very good football game, one where Newcastle played well. They had a very good first half and put us under pressure and could have been in front, of course, with the penalty. They had two or three other good chances. In the second half we kept the tempo high, slowly took over and then won the game in a convincing way. I must say as well Newcastle were unfortunate to lose players, like Sebastien Bassong and Steven Taylor, at the wrong period of the game.” “It was a good opportunity today, to close in on those at the top. You never know, even in a one in a billion chance, we want to come back and fight to get as close to the team at the top.” “We feel that we are on a very good run and improving in every game. This is a young side and the spirit is great, the quality is there and we feel we can go forward from game to game. People don’t realise how young we are in the Premier League, and what we achieve. I think today you had six or seven players between 20 and 22-years of age.” That’s very true – and just imagine if we win all our games from now until the end of the season, surely that would see us finish second? With the news that Walcott’s injury is not as bad as first thought, it’s been a good weekend for the Arsenal. ———————————————————————————–   Newcastle: Harper, Steven Taylor (Owen 65), Coloccini, Bassong (Beye 38), Jose Enrique, Ryan Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Duff, Lovenkrands (Ameobi 79), Martins. Subs Not Used: Krul, Smith, Gutierrez, Geremi. Goals: Martins 58. Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Toure, Clichy, Arshavin (Song Billong 74), Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Van Persie, Bendtner (Eboue 89). Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Eduardo, Vela, Djourou, Gibbs. Booked: Gallas. Goals: Bendtner 57, Diaby 64, Nasri 67. Att: 49,972 Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).]]>

  • Dan

    < ![CDATA[I think second place is too far, even if we won all the games. We'd finish on 79 points and considering Man U and Liverpool have 65 and 64 respectively, i think its a bridge too far. Third place might be a possibiltiy, but don't forget we have to play the top three still. I'll still be happy with 4th, considering where we have come from. I have to say i was wrong to doubt the signing of Arshavin. We have totally needed more depth on the wing, and he has added so much quality. What a player he will be next season!]]>

  • Steve

    < ![CDATA[Arshavin is clearly a world class player. It quite often take players time to adapt to the PL but this guy stepped in straight away and started pulling the strings and constantly posing a threat. Such a pity we can't use him the the CL, he would be such a headache for the opposition.]]>