In today’s news roundup, there’s the 10 key points from Arsenal’s narrow victory over Newcastle United. The Gunners won by a whisker in a match that could have easily ended as a draw thanks to David Ospina’s heroics.
Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger discusses his side’s title chances following the 2-1 victory on Saturday. These and news stories in today’s roundup.
10 Key Points from the narrow victory over Newcastle.
Arsenal suffered a scare but still managed to salvage all three points at St. James’ Park on Saturday in a Premier League match against Newcastle United. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 24th minute with an easy finish following a Santi Cazorla free-kick before adding his second of the day four minutes later. The team talk by John Carver at half time seemed to have worked wonders as the home side put on a spirited fight to score immediately after the break courtesy of Moussa Sissoko.
Despite losing the game, the Magpies ended the match on a high and are currently 12th in the Premier League standings, 10 points above the relegation zone.
Some of the game changing points from the match included:
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Giroud scores when he wants.
The France international scored his ninth goal in nine games, raising his tally of the season to 17 goals. Undeterred by the solid Newcastle defense, the 28-year exhibited not only maturity but also clinicality as he scored a brace to seal all three points.
Laurent Koscielny was a defensive rock again…
Similar to his national team counterpart Giroud, Laurent Koscielny played an intricate role in the 2-1 win over the Magpies. Koscielny put on a solid display at the back and his leadership qualities gave the team confidence going forward. As such, his contribution cannot be underestimated.
The Boss discusses Arsenal’s title chances.
A title winning side is one which is able to scrap up a win even from their most lousiest and sluggish performances. The Gunners had a decent opening half after scoring two unanswered goals but a rejuvenated Newcastle side gave them a run for their money after pulling one back right at the start of the second half. Arsene Wenger’s side however managed to win the match which could have easily ended as a draw.
“Look, Chelsea have a good security and at the moment, I feel they have enough cushion to be quite serene,” Wenger said.
“We have Manchester City in front of us and behind us, it is tight as well — the only thing we can do is to win our games.
“I think Chelsea have too much security. I just think at the moment we are not concluding, we are in a fight. You have seen the game today — in every game, we need to turn up and fight until the last minute to get the points.
“That’s what we have to do, just go for the next game and win it. Look, the players want to do as well as they can. We know we have a fight first to be in the top four. We will go step by step, game by game.”
So Gooners, what should be our main aim at this point of the season?
Arsenal new boy set for first international cap.
With the international break right around the corner, new signing Gabriel Paulista is set to receive his first Brazil call up according to a report by Goal.
Gabriel – who signed from Villareal in the winter transfer window – had a decent run of games before sustaining an injury that sidelined him for the past few weeks.
The call up came after the withdrawal of David Luiz, Marquinhos, and Diego Tardelli which left the five time World Champions short at the back. A big boost for his career and hopefully he doesn’t pick up any fresh injuries while on international duty.
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