Arsene Wenger’s men earned yet another 3 points after a stellar performance at the Emirates winning 2-1 against a battling Newcastle side. The win marks the fourth comeback victory in a row, a Premier League record and is testament to the Gunners developing mentality that has seen them within one point of third placed Spurs.
Arsene Wenger claimed the victory was never in any doubt despite the winning goal coming in the final moments of the match thanks to Thomas Vermaelen’s 95th-minute winner.
Arsenal dominated proceedings with Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky exceptional, but fell behind early on to Hatem Ben Arfa’s brilliant individual effort but Robin van Persie equalized within moments of the restart thanks to great interplay between Walcott and Rosicky.
The Gunners looked like they couldn’t force a way through Newcastle’s resilient defence after a bucket load of missed chances but Vermaelen bundled home from inside the six-yard box following Theo Walcott’s cross.
Wenger stated that he believed they would win in a post match interview with Sky Sports:
I said to my assistant, ‘We need one more attack and we will score.’ There was the belief in the team that we could score.
It was a game of absolute commitment on both sides, you have to give credit to Newcastle, they are a good team. We needed something special, and what beat them is our relentless effort to win the game. We just did not stop.
[On Walcott’s man of the match performance] He was outstanding. From the first to last minute. One of the best, best games I’ve seen from him. He had absolutely everything: combined well, crossed well, always in the game.