Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 2
( Sissoko 48, Giroud 24, 28)

Olivier Giroud scored his 9th goal in as many games, and, as part of his latest double, helped Arsenal see off Newcastle United on Saturday. Giroud’s first strike had a touch of fortune about it as the ball went past Tim Krul via the France striker’s knee. His second came after Giroud held off Mike Williamson to power a header into the net for his second goal in a lethal four minute goal scoring spell. Comfortable and creative, Alexis and Danny Welbeck had chances to take the game beyond the reach of the Magpies. The home side regrouped after the break and Moussa Sissoko struck home past David Ospina to halve the deficit. Buoyed buy the vociferous home crowd, Newcastle stirred into life, yet Ospina’s goal would not be further breached. The win was just the tonic following the Gunners’ Champions League exit, leaving Welbeck to praise his double scoring team mate who he says is firing Arsenal just at the right time.

“Oli’s been on flames and he’s worked very hard to get the goals. He’s winning points for the team and I think collectively everyone has been very impressed with the way he’s been playing in 2015.
“He’s big and strong, and if defenders get tight to him, he can hold the ball up and bring others into play. I think we utilise that strength of his very well,” he said.

Having been included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, Welbeck’s arrival in North London was in part due to Hodgson praising the former Manchester United player whenever he spoke with Arsene Wenger revealed Hodgson.

Watching the Gunners claim the three points and the win which keeps them in third spot in the Premier League, Wenger praised his players, who seem to be hitting good domestic form at the most vital time of the season. Wenger referred to ” The spirit of the team and the mental quality of the players,” and he knows that his players may still surprise a few people come the end of the season.

“They are outstanding guys and it’s a pleasure to see how they behave and a credit to the club as well to see that quality on the behavioural front and the desire to do well.

“I was very pleased with the resilience because it shows qualities that are important such as solidarity, the fact that we refuse to give in and on that front I think we did very well.”

Having seen Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United all win, the Gunners know that their next match against Liverpool at the Emirates stadium has to see them continue the winning momentum following the up coming international break.

“We’re a stronger team today than we were in September and that’s down to the focus of the whole club, of the whole staff and the quality of work the whole staff puts in. Let’s hope we can go from strength to strength now until the end of the season.”