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I thought they said that there were no easy games in the Premier League? Whoever they are, they are wrong. Newcastle United were complete and utter rubbish on Monday night. Disjointed and no real game plan they look like a collection of players who couldn't care less but hey, that is not our problem.

I said pre match that I was interested in watching our first 10 minutes to see what type of performance we could witness and to be honest I didn't think we matched our second half display at Hull City the weekend before. We looked like we played with the shackles on a little.

Newcastle sat deep forcing us to break them down so we couldn't afford a defensive slip near Szczesny's goal. That said, how a team manages to defend deep in numbers and then out of nowhere have tons of space behind them is a bit weird.

It was Newcastle who cracked first though and the game was over after that first goal. Newcastle United did not have the desire to try and pull themselves back at that point with nothing to play for.

I have championed the value of set piece goals in the past and you often see that the eventual champions score many set pieces over the course of the season. We don't seem to get very many, certainly not amongst the best. Of is that just perception? I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that we are quite far off the top of that particular table.

Scoring from set pieces allows you to not be at your best and still turn the game on it's head in your favour. Santi Cazorla's curled ball into the box found Koscielny who got on the wrong side of Moussa Sissoko and our tigerish, speedy centre back poked in from close range for yet another goal against Newcastle. Maybe he should be our Paul Warhurst (youngsters look him up) against the Geordies.

Ramsey wasn't at his very best but still put in an almighty physical performance. That moment when he raced back almost the full length of the pitch to make a tackle near the touchline said it all. It was yet another reminder of what we missed in his absence. Not only in terms of goals and forward running but his winning of the ball still seems incredibly underrated yet is so valuable for the team.

Ramsey might not have been at his offensive best but Mesut Özil took charge and gave the team a cutting edge. He was very instrumental in our next two goals. Firstly instinctively lashing in from close range after Giroud failed to beat the impressive Tim Krul after two attempts.

Our third was all about the quality of the delivery. Imagine how long it would have taken Gael Clichy to put in a ball like that? A good few hours I reckon. One chance, one attempt and perfect pinpoint delivery to Giroud who couldn't miss from close range.

On another day Lukas Podolski could have achieved his third brace in a row but he met his match vs Krul in the Newcastle nets.

Koscielny was in commanding and calm form. There is such a difference between himself and Vermaelen. I hope he is tied down to a super long contract soon because a lot of rich clubs must be glancing his way.

Arsenal did not have to get out of second gear to achieve the three points and I guess that is a good thing. Cruising, conserves energy and being able to use more energy in future games gives us more chance of winning so thank you Newcastle for your kindness.

Next up, West Brom at home.

PS - Check out the St Totteringham's day photo, video special.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more