- February 17, 2020
- Posted by: Kinglsey Africabettingnews
- Category: EPL
The Emirates witnessed the first flawless display by coach Mikel Arteta since joining from Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s assistant. The display is one that brought a smile upon the faces of the gunners faithful as the stadium could be seen not full to the brim like we know the Emirates, but the display by this promising young talented bunch of players Arteta is trying to assemble caught the eyes all yesterday at the Emirates.
The first half of the encounter ended in a goalless draw with Arsenal dominating possession and with the bigger threat of the half as both teams had one clear chance at goal each.
The display at the Emirates saw the like of Guendouzi, Lacazette, and even the youth sensation Martinelli all axed from the starting lineup. The display was a good one for Arsenal as a football team as they played the best game of their lives for the first time under Mikel Arteta, the team was well organized, they were super compact at the back compared to other times where the backline has failed them. David Luiz and Mustafi produced a flawless display but there were times when Mustafi showed some form of jittery most especially in trying to move the ball forward.
He was almost caught on one occasion by Joelington and when being put under pressure in such cases loses the ball easily and that in turn becomes an attack in favor of Newcastle, aside from that Arsenal played wonderfully well and they deserved all the praise for the night.
Mesut Ozil turned up and was at the party all day long as he produced some master class performance and this can be related to why he is one of the highest earners in the squad.
Nicolas Pepe was named man of the match as the French man out-worked the rest of his teammates and recorded a goal to his name, he was all over the place and deserved the man of the match award, his fitness level was unmatched and could be seen in his play, he was the main key in the attack and tracked back to defend when necessary, if he continues to play at this level then the sky would be the beginning for him. Nicolas Pepe justified the huge transfer tag on him yesterday and showed class, the good news is that he has plenty of room to improve.
Another Arsenal player that caught our attention was Bukayo Saka, he is only 18years of age, yet the maturity that comes with his game is eye-catching, he has the composure of a player in his prime and he is just starting out his football career with the senior team. Bukayo Saka has made himself an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s squad, despite playing from the left-back position yesterday in the absence of Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, the young talented Nigerian descent who has been called up by England to represent them in the under 19 cadres produced a master class performance by setting up Nicolas Pepe after a clean nutmeg of Newcastle’s Valentino Lazaro.
Another player that held it down for the gunners was Ceballos, the former Madrid player proved he has played with one of the biggest club in the world by the show of class and he also reminded the Arsenal fans of what they have missed for the past three months on the sideline due to injury.
Dani Ceballos did not move the ball forward as expected in the first half of the game against Newcastle but he perfected it in the second with a flawless display as he moved the ball from the back to Mesut Ozil as both players linked up beautifully well to totally destroy Newcastle.
Eddie Nketiah was another player that played well for the gunners but could not record a goal to his name, had a beautiful shot at the post in the first half from an Ozil through ball but Newcastle’s Martins Dubravka made a fine save to deny the young gun from scoring. Selected to lead the pack ahead of Lacazette, Arteta must have seen a huge potential in the young forward, his work rate was unmatched as he tracked back even from a striking position to help the team, though he did not score but got a standing ovation from the fans as he made way for Lacazette in the closing stage of the game, a well-deserved standing ovation by the home fans.
Allan Saint Maximin on the other side showed power, brilliance and pace as he troubled Arsenal’s defence all day. He had a good performance and was denied a goal by the woodwork when he hit the upright clearly beating Arsenal’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno and that was the best chance Newcastle had for the night to get the better of Arsenal but unfortunately, it was never to be and the scoreline remained 4 goals to nil.
Maximin was the best player from Newcastle’s perspective and he showed class.
Alexandre Lacazette scored a consolation goal with an assist from Nicola Pepe in the 90′ to make it 4-0 for the gunners at the Emirates.
Steve Bruce’s men were out played at the Emirates as Arsenal ran riot at half time to steal the entire three points of the game which ended their straight run of draws.