Arsenal 4 Newcastle United 1
( Giroud 15, 58, Cazorla 54, 88 pen Perez 63 )

Arsenal eased past Newcastle United at the Emirates stadium in the late Saturday evening kick off, firing off four goals to the visitors one. Arsene Wenger’s side were good value for the win, but the Newcastle never say die attitude pushed the Gunners for large portions of the match. Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla grabbed a brace apiece, and the Arsenal football was reminiscent of pass and move wins of the recent past. The visitors however were rewarded for their efforts momentarily when Ayoze Perez swooped low to head in to make the scoreline 3-1. Whatever your stance on the Arsenal manager, near 60,000 at the Emirates stadium were unequivocal in their support of the club’s longest serving manger. ” There’s only one Arsene Wenger,” they sang in unison, a chant which Wenger later said he was pleased to hear.

Wenger was forced to play Mathieu Debuchy in a central defensive partnership alongside Per Mertersacker, as Hector Bellerin continued at right back with Kieran Gibbs at left back.

Instrumental in the Arsenal attacking play was the phenom that is Alexis Sanchez. He may not have got on the scoresheet here, but he was immense in ensuring the direction of the Gunners’ game. Newcastle knew that and Cheick Tiote was lucky to escape a yellow card with a studs up challenge on Sanchez’s midriff as early as the fifth minute.

Three minutes later and the Gunners first assault on Jack Alnwick’s goal. Mertersscker arched his body to reach Cazorla’s corner, but the German’s header came back off the crossbar, bouncing along, but not crossing Alnwick’s line.

Arsenal were in the mood, and soon they were in the lead. Bellerin broke up a Newcastle attack and the ball was now at the feet of Giroud. The France striker picked out Sanchez wide out on the left. Giroud continued to power forward and timed his run to perfection to guide his towering header beyond Alnwick from Chilean’s cross on 15 minutes.

Spurred on by their opener, Arsenal went looking for more, and thought they’d doubled their advantage a minute later. Danny Welbeck’s excellent finish from a tight angle, but the England striker was adjudged to have fouled Daryl Janmaat in move. Contact may have been minimal, but nevertheless, it was an unbelievable decision to disallow the goal.

Midway through the half, Giroud’s appeals for a penalty were waived away after his trailing leg was clipped by his marker. The Gunners’ number 12 was full of defensive running, tracking back to help Bellerin as they commenced another sortie on Newcastle’s goal.

Bellerin was enjoying proceedings and his confidence to surge forwards, taking people on along the way bodes well for the young Spain defender. A Bellerin chance was beckoning, until Fabricio Coloccini stepped in to give away a corner.

From that corner, Alnwick fumbled the ball under pressure from Welbeck, but grabbed it at the second attempt.

The move of the half saw Sanchez flick the ball up to bypass a congested Newcastle defence. Welbeck followed the pass and his first time volley, flew just past Alnwick’s upright.

Just to remind their hosts of their attacking prowess, Szczesny’s excellent save from Mike Williamson’s header after Jack Colback floated in a free kick, rang alarm bells in the Gunners’ rearguard, and the Poland ‘keeper had to be equally alert to the follow up from Papiss Cisse.

Ten minutes after the restart, and Arsenal launched another attack. Sanchez picked out Cazorla. Under pressure, and forced off balance, the Spain midfielder stayed on his feet to guide the ball in from tight angle and double the Gunners lead. A mere two minutes later and further Arsenal pressure brought an Arsenal third. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s robust run found Bellerin out wide. The young defender crossed and facing goal, with the outside of his left boot, Giroud impudently scored his second of the evening.

Cazorla’s driven free kick, moments later, and Alnwick did well to keep the shot out.

The Gunners stroked the ball and continued to create chances. However the next goal was reward for the visitors continuing bright football. Colback’s free kick seemed to mesmerise the Gunners zonal defence, as Perez twisted his neck low enough to sneak his header past Szczesny’s dive for a in 3-1 scorleline.

If anything however, that stirred the Gunners even further, Cazorla hit into the side netting, and in another foray, the ball ping pinged in the visitors area after some excellent work from Welbeck. Kieran Gibbs saw his resultant shot trickle wide at the end of it all.

Only a Colocini block on Welbeck after he and Sanchez had 2 on 1 situation denied the Gunners further goals, but a fourth was not far off the horizon.

Arsenal grabbed their fourth from the penalty spot. The lively Welbeck was felled by Paul Dummet and referee Lee Mason pointed straight to the spot. Up stepped Cazorla as cool as you like to chip Alnwick straight down the middle. Newcastle had wanted the ball put out of play as they felt Gibbs had fouled Janmaat in build up, but despite no rule being broken, they knew that their appeal was in vain. Arsenal were worthy winners.