Newcastle vs Arsenal: 5 Things Learnt From Victory At St James’ Park.

30 games gone, 60 points gained.

Arsenal have kept up the wonderful record in the League with another win at Newcastle. It was a typical game of two halves, and after the exertions of the Champions League – where everyone had given his all – this wouldn’t come across as a poor performance.

Here are 5 lessons from the game.

  1. Gabriel is almost there.

Although Gabriel is not yet the finished product, but a convincing performance in only his second full Premier League outing has got many thinking Mertesacker may have more time sitting on the Arsenal bench over the course of the remaining games.

Language barriers mean partnership with Koscielny will remain a work in progress, but both showed good signs under intense pressure from Newcastle.

  1. Welbeck needs gym time.

You won’t find many complainants about Welbeck not being deployed as a striker by Wenger because the truth is that he is still not good enough there. So he plays on the wings where his pace has been a great asset, yet, there are still some concerns over his work rate.

He is not the most eager to get stuck into challenges and that could be understandable due to Arsenal’s injury record. But he may want to look to Alexis who has not lost any of his pressing verve even if the goals have dried up.

  1. Safe in Ospina’s hands.

January was his honeymoon, February presented tough tests with questions raised regarding his handling. But there has hardly been any taint to Ospina’s games recently.

Every team depend on it’s goalie to keep their advantage at weak moments and the Colombian did not disappoint at St. James’ Park.

  1. Giroud’s the man.

Scoring in a fifth consecutive League game. Giroud is on that kind of form that makes you wonder if the Gunners would not have been 8 games away from clinching the League title had he not missed three months to injury.

  1. Ozil did not play – we noticed.

When Newcastle made the game a mad tempo affair, the Gunners duly obliged with some fast paced movement.

It worked for the Gunners in the first half but not in the second. Might we say Ozil would have helped to keep it calmer?

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