Arsene Wenger’s team got a suggestion from rival Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton – Gunner’s weakness. Joey Barton said he along with colleagues Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi could enter the defense because this was the weakest point of Gunners.
Ameobi is in a great form with six goals with two in last Sunday’s 5-1 rout of Sunderland, and with a win against Arsenal Sunday, Newcastle is in a high tide.
Before the game in Emirates stadium, many stalwarts could predict that Carroll and Ameobi’s height and power could be the key to Newcastle taking anything from Arsene Wenger’s title challenging side. The recent win against West Ham was not convincing at home and later defeated by at Shakhtar Donetsk in a midweek Champions League game.
“Arsenal have had some good results, but had a difficult game against West Ham last Saturday,” said Barton.
“Obviously, they beat us in the Carling Cup, but I think the scoreline was very fortunate for them. It flattered them.
Joey further said before the game they hoped to defeat Wenger’s team and result of today’s match proved that. Andy Carroll’s first-half header gave Newcastle their first league wins at Arsenal.
Today Arsenal defeat has made them to slipping gloomily off by league leaders Chelsea, who ahead of 8 points. In today’s match Newcastle played a disciplined match, and the strong defense created problems from Arsenal strikers to find a loopholes.
Arsene Wenger’s side struggled to create chances against a well drilled and disciplined Newcastle side who have delivered a result that moves them up to fourth in the table and should significantly ease the pressure on their manager.