Three points, Four goals. Like it was at Istanbul in midweek, it could have been much more.
Not even that great showing against a despondent Galatasaray would have completely erased the memories of that horrendous game at Stoke. While we await a favourable draw in the Champions League on Monday, all of the focus was on sustaining a challenge in the Premier League and that meant a victorious assault over the team of the moment, Newcastle United.
Done and dusted, it has been achieved, and here are the take aways.
- Score them into Submission
Only once have we failed to score in a League game this season and today saw us win a game with a 3 goals margin for the second successive game, with 4 braces. In truth, both games could have totaled double figures and as shaky as our defence may be for the present, we could take advantage of our abilities going forward. Score them into submission? It could be a good tactic. Liverpool used it last season and nearly won the League.
- Giroud loves a cutie
Perhaps the most criticized Arsenal player of the past two seasons, Giroud showed his class against the Magpies, scoring his 3rd and 4th League goals of the season, which places him second on the team’s scorers’ chart for the League. For a player who has missed 3 months of football, it is only a thing to cheerful about that he doesn’t lose his scoring touch. A towering header, to atone for the miss that should have leveled us at Stoke, and a flick of silk to help Bellerin’s assist in, it only leaves us imagining what could have been if he had been available all along.
- Welbeck, yet to Work out
And for the player who was a ‘panic’ acquisition to replace him during the time of those injuries, it has not quite being the same, Welbeck has played twice more League games than Giroud but has scored one less goal, and that cannot be blamed on him being played out wide. He is still easily too shoved off challenges and his hold up play needs a Giroud-esque embroidery. To be fair, it was wrong to chalk off what would have been his 4th League goal this season, but you did expect him to do better to beat Coloccini in a one-v-one situation. Still learning eh?
- Debuchy is Class
If Nacho Monreal did not quite bang as a center half having practiced there in pre-season, it was expected that Debuchy would struggle more since he had never played in that position before. But the mark of a quality player is adaptability and the Frenchman was as composed as any other on the night. In only his first league start since September, it was not overly noticeable that we were playing with a make-shift center-half partnership, winning aerial challenges, and providing the kind of cover to Mertesacker as we’ve seen from Koscielny. He’ll be back to right back next week with Chambers return, but we may not worry much if he had to do an encore.
- Bellerin has a future
Maybe he was the weakest link in the team, but this is the 19-year old’s first full season with the first team and he has not done badly at all. Picking up him first competitive assist today, Bellerin could have even got a goal of his own after an amazing run that was only one touch too far from seating up nicely for him. Some time will pass before he becomes as good in defense as he is going forward but there is no doubt the ex-Barcelona youngster will still have a say in this team this season.
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