Monday, April 22, 2024

Report: Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle (inc goals)

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Rice, Jorginho, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Havertz

Subs: Ramsdale, Cedric, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Trossard, Vieira, Nelson, Nketiah, Jesus

Arsenal ensured they kept pace with their title rivals after hammering Newcastle 4-1 at Emirates Stadium, thanks to goals from Kai Havertz, Bukayo Saka, Jakub Kiwior and an own goal from Sven Botman.

Mikel Arteta made one change to the side that lost against Porto on Wednesday with Jorginho coming in for Leandro Trossard, leaving Havertz up front as the centre forward.

Gabriel Jesus was also a welcome inclusion to the bench after stepping up his recovery from a knee injury, although Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey missed out again.

It was a bright start from Arsenal who were pressing and snapping into challenges early on, with Havertz setting the tone after his strong challenge on Fabian Schär energised the crowd.

Within a minute there was a chance for Saka who curled over, before Declan Rice broke through after a lovely move and forced a save from Loris Karius – making his first Premier League start since 2018.

But the constant Gunners pressure would eventually tell and they took the lead in the 18th minute, when Gabriel rose highest at the near post to draw a good save from Karius, only for a combination of Tino Livramento and Sven Botman to bundle the ball over their own goal-line. 1-0.

Arsenal doubled their lead just six minutes later when Jorginho found Gabriel Martinelli in behind, who ghosted away from Kieran Tripper and Botman before crossing for Havertz who swept home from six yards out. 2-0.

It could have been three moments later when Schär was caught in possession yet again by Martin Odegaard, whose cutback for Havertz looked set to earn him his second of the night, only for Sean Longstaff to recover and intercept with the goal gaping.

The visitors were drowning at this point and could not deal with the Arsenal press, with Saka forcing another good save from Karius after dancing his way through two or three Newcastle challenges in the box.

It was a first half clinic from Arsenal who pressed hard, played beautifully and restricted Newcastle to 0 shots.

Havertz should have sealed the game less than a minute into the second half after being played through by Martinelli but dragged his finish wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Newcastle did make a rare foray into then Arsenal penalty box when Alexander Isak was played in behind by Bruno Guimaraes, although David Raya was alert and out quickly to smother any danger.

With Arteta’s men struggling to match their first half intensity, the visitors grew into the game had another sight at goal when Isak cut inside Ben White easily before curling over.

But that momentum didn’t last long when Saka found himself isolated against Livramento after good play from Rice and Havertz, before twisting the young defender inside out and curling into the bottom corner. 3-0.

Just four minutes later, there was another goal to celebrate – this time from Jakub Kiwior – whose near post header nicked off Lewis Miley and past Karius to spark further celebration. 4-0.

With 15 minutes remaining, Arteta rang the changes after a busy week with Saka, Odegaard and Havertz all replaced by Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah for a well deserved rest.

The sides’ clean sheet record unfortunately wouldn’t last three games in a row when Hale End graduate Joe Willock headed brilliantly past Raya after strong running from Dan Burn, although Nelson was guilty of switching off in the build-up. 4-1.

It was almost another perfect Premier League night when Smith Rowe looked set to score after more calamitous Newcastle defending, although Burn showed great awareness to retreat and clear off the line with the stadium ready to celebrate.

After their European disappointment it was imperative that Arsenal reacted quickly to get back on track – and get back on track they did.

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Bruce

Fuck ‘em

JuiceJ

Yeah, Suffocate the little fuckers! COYG! This is a well oiled machine.

Funsho Patrick

Blitzkrieg!😀

Crash Fistfight

Pop?

Crash Fistfight

Or Bop, even. Flippin autocorrect.

Jezzaj88

This team makes me so happy

backsakacrack

I can tell!

Joker

For all the outstanding attacking play we saw this evening my man of the match is Jorginho. He was instrumental in dictating play and keeping us in control of the game throughout. I was also really impressed with Havertz. For me that was his best game for us and dare I say it his performance and style of play was almost van Persie-esque. I can’t think of many higher compliments I can pay a player.

Norwegian Wood

Someone said this on Twitter just as he was signed for us, and people called him mad. That’s, the van Persie similarities.

Hopefully he’s not a cunt like the Dutchman.

Ebo

Slight down vote for using “van Persie-esque” as a complement. I know you mean well, it comes from a good place but… nope. Sorry, I tried to compile, and it gave a syntax error 🤖

The Arsenal

Jorginho/Rice is a perfect midfield combo complimenting each others weakness. Big reason we dominated Liverpool in the last two games. It just makes me wonder what a fit and firing Partey does for this team.

Henry

I hope we save him for the City game and then he provides two assists 😁

Simon

I would agree but I’m not sure Rice has any weaknesses

C.B.

Disaster. All going downhill, 6 goals, then 5, now 4. And we conceded one as well…

C.B.

…though we have scored 18 goals in February, Man U have only scored 36 all season! Great result again today!!!!

Broccoli_Rob

Haha

C.B.

Tough, Sheffield United next…

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

We don’t speak of teams with 0 goal difference going into March, we’re better than that

Ebo

It’s tough yes, but on the very limited bright side, the only goal scored by a non-Arsenal player today was their own goal. If there’s any goal I’m kind of ok with conceding it’s to a beautiful bended pitch perfect header from a Hale End grad

Ebo

At 4-0 up I should add

The Arsenal

Poor from the boys letting standards slip like that.

ChuckBukowski

I’m taking Willocks goal as an arsenal goal. So that’s 5.

Kampala gooner

this is Arsenal bitch! just incase u wondering.

Dada

Man we are good.

Bleeding gums murphy

What a wonderful result and performance. Jorginho and Rice were phenomenal first half. Shane we didn’t keep another clean sheet.

President Eckener

He’ll be disappointed with that, but hopefully he keeps things in perspective!

Yes. Dammit Shane why did you let them score???

Declan Fried Rice with Egg

Shane McMahon Arsenal’s number 5

JuiceJ

You beautiful Gunners you, I loved how we spanked those muppets. COYG! Lovely to see the Smith again. More minutes to sharpen up.

Grommet

Hey was the most energetic of the subs I thought!

Russ

Indeed though wish he’d get a few more!

Man Manny

Fantastic from the boys. That first half performance is the best we’ve had this season. It deserved more than two goals.
That Willock goal felt like a loss: I wanted a clean sheet.

Truther

Truly impressive performance after a tiring and disappointing trip to Porto.

What a player is Bukayo.

(Pity about some loose footwork on the right leading to their goal.)

Flash

Rio Ferdinand came to my mind… So I took a look at some wingers and their 3 best year’s average Goals/Assists stats per season:

Ribery: 22
Robben: 22

Vinicius J.: 19 (including the current season so far)
Sane: 21 (including the current season so far)
Saka: 21 (including the current season so far)

Saka is the youngest of the latter 3.
And I don’t know who are “World Class” if not any of the first 2.

BillyKrystal

Eddie Howes lips disappeared by the end of the game. Classic bitter beer face

The Arsenal

Love how Mikel didn’t even look at him when he shook his hand.. ‘schooled you, bitch’

Cranky Colin

He went back home to have some “ liver and a nice Chianti” with a friend.
I mean , doesn’t his mouth remind one of Hannibal Lecter?

Santi’s Phonebox

Insufferable little prick.

Damee

Oh to be a Gooner 🔴⚪ Kiwior is in v.good from. Super Mik Arteta is right on this one.

Kai Havertz And Let Loose The Dogs Of War

I thoroughly enjoyed watching us bend Newcastle over a table and making them call us Daddy

Vonnie

No. Just no.

StockholmGooner

Your mind is unhealthy

Santi’s Phonebox

Quality user name but content doesn’t match the level.

sakaflockaflame

that smith-rowe goal would have been the perfect exclamation point.

Vieiraera

Boy, that was a performance!!! Arteta got his tactic right to the t, playing Jorginho in that hole, allowing Rice to push up!!! Made those clowns look like the hapless cunts they are! Everyone one on the pitch today deserves man of the match. But I think Jorginho just edged it. Except the way the runner breezed past him for their goal in the 84th minute, he had a perfect game. Now we have 2 winnable PL games before Citeh! I believe!!! COYG!!!

Vieiraera

*3 winnable games before citeh

Fatgooner

Arguably our best performance of the season.

We dominated a team that played in the CL this season for the entire 95 minutes and were unlucky to only score 4. Newcastle were never in it.

The only two blemishes were our failure to score more goals and that goal conceded at the end – it had to be Willock, didn’t it?

That game at the Etihad looks like it’s going to be massive now: maybe a title decider.

No MOTM: great all- round performances all over the pitch.

Ebo

I totally forgot Newcastle played in the Champions League this season. Wouldn’t be surprised if they and their fans did too. Or at least want to forget.

Santi’s Phonebox

They qualified for the CL early in their team development which is going to have a negative impact on their squad building. Rumors are they are going to have to sell some players to generate cash for FFP. I would take Isack.

ChuckBukowski

Odegaard from minute one looked like he meant business. Had no doubts about the result tonight after I saw his look and how he started. That whole Havertz critique we were suffering a month or two ago is starting to look pretty fucking stupid.

JuiceJ

There were times I screamed on why Arteta would want Havertz after his poor performances at Chelsea. The early weeks though I noticed his playing style and contributions. I wasn’t overly disappointed but not impressed either. Patience, the Dubai sun, player’s mentality to chin up and fight is paying off and boy is he clicking. Not flashy but he’s graceful and just ties the knots nicely. Arteta knew. And I’m sorry for doubting him.

The Arsenal

When watching Havertz just think of him as an enabler. On the eye nowhere near what Ode, Gabi and Saka look like for example but what he provides is just as important.

Adney Toams

Oh and he reads the game SO well

Ebo

Unbelievable eh? Go back and read some of the comments here then. Are we ever going to learn as fans? He’s literally getting better from game to game at the moment, but we always for some reason go back to thinking we’re watching the finished product

Goodly Morning

I’ve always been a fan of Havertz but felt the price was a bit hefty. He’s playing very well but there is a sense of a higher ceiling for him. Especially if he becomes more clinical with his finishing. He just seems to awkward for defences to handle and his versatility is very useful as well. He has scored the winning goal in a European cup final which always made me think he had something a bit extra to offer.

Ebo

You describing him as awkward made me realise what most of us missed about him. I actually don’t think he’s awkward at all, might not be the most nimble footed 6 foot 4 player we’ve seen but definitely above average, but more than that I think he’s actually a superb athlete, really quick for his size, has these bursts of pace and also much stronger than he looks. When you combine that sort of athleticism with high IQ and competitiveness you’ll almosy always get an effective player, the question then is just in what areas of the pitch. If he… Read more »

Cranky Colin

I watched him closely in our home Lens game…( just the 6 goals that night😗 ). I was at the game.
Havertz is not Mr Flash, but he has everything else in his locker.
He popped up everywhere in that game and he was relentless.
My doubts about him faded away after that.

Rufusstan

normal service resumed

Petr

Great performance and a great result! 🙂

It is only perhaps a pity that there wasn’t any goal from the subs – that could give players like Smith Rowe or Nketiah a useful confidence confidence boost, and take them closer to the starting 11.

ChuckBukowski

How close was ESR? That was such a pity!

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

When Arteta says he wants to “dominate every phase”, he actually means it.
What this team is doing in the last few league matches, is better than anything we’ve seen for a very long time, and Arteta isn’t finished yet

15-1 the last 3 games, with Jesus, Zinchenko, Tomi, Partey, Vieira and Timber all out injured.

Rufusstan

But, but, but, we need a clinical striker (TM every clueless pundit under the sun)

Santi’s Phonebox

This season is year 4 in Arteta’s 5 year going to win the title project. Last window was unbelievable, Timber, Havertz, and Rice. I can’t wait to see what Edu/Arteta have been cooking for this summer’s window. Oh to be alive and be a Gooner during this time!

John

After six of the best and a five star performance that was some very enjoyable fourplay.

Eric Blair

Felt good.

Baron

4-1, nice game, total control and breathtaking football at times.
Not enthused about the late goal we let in, but hey we can’t expect perfection every matchday, plus it was Willock who helped himself, so good for him. Glad we were able to quickly banish the ghosts of midweek by serving a very cold meal to this hideous horde. May they continue to plummet from hereon.
Sweet revenge for the robbery that was the away tie.

On to the next one as we gradually count down to the second leg against Porto.
Onwards and Upwards!
COYG 💪

Eric Blair

Saka is just incredible. Has such a strong left foot defenders started showing him on to his right. So he decided to start banging them in with his right. Now defenders are trying to stop that right-footed shot he’s just coming back on his left and the outcome is the same. He’s unstoppable.

Hoosier Gooner

But he’s not World Class lol

Ebo

Unstoppable perhaps, but is he world class though?
🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴
Try to spot Rio there. You can’t, can you

Adebanjo

Well Joe Willock scored the 5th goal of the day. He of the gunners Hale End Academy.

Baruch Velleman

Bet the lads are gutted not to keep a clean sheet. My week-old grandson loved the match.

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