Arsenal grabbed the winner in a poor performance but how big could that result be. Cech saved Arsenal on numerous occasions before a corner put Newcastle in trouble which saw Koscielny poke the winner in after a header from Giroud.

Cech – 9 – Cech was fantastic pulling off a couple of excellent saves.

Bellerin – 7 – Got forward to good effect but his final ball was poor. Okay defensively

Mertesacker – 6 – Looked nervous throughout but defended well in parts.

Koscielny – 7 – Defended well at times but looked shaky. However, he did score the winner.

Monreal – 7 – Solid once again and shows how important he is.

Flamini – 7 – Put in some good tackles but need to make sure he remains disciplined.

Ramsey – 7 – Should have scored late on to make it 2-0 after some excellent work. Needs to learn to sit in these types of games like Cazorla so that Arsenal are not opened up.

Oxlade – Chamberlain – 6 – Okay in the first half but didn’t have the best of second halves.

Ӧzil – 6 – A quiet game from Ӧzil who couldn’t always get involved. However, did provide the corner which led to the goal.

Walcott – 6 - Ineffective for most of the game but kept trying.

Giroud – 6 - Got the assist but didn’t really get a chance.

Subs

Campbell – 6 – Looked bright after coming on for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Gibbs – N/A – Didn’t have much time to influence the game.

Chambers – N/A - Didn’t have much time to influence the game.

Overall, an important win for Arsenal who extend their lead at the top after Leicester dropped points. Arsenal could be six points clear of Manchester City by the end of the day if City lose which could be important in the coming months. The performance was poor but all that is important is the three points.



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Comments  

-3 #8 Macgooner56 2016-01-03 18:01
Feel a bit sorry for the ox, if he gets a good run of games hel show his class but always just a sub or subbed, use him or lose I'm afraid, Gabriel is my choir over per these days too, and we should bite the bullet and sell Theo, in 8 years what has he really done bar the odd goal and earn millions, Wengers frightened to flog him incase it reflects on him,
+3 #7 muganda Herbert 2016-01-03 09:43
On a serious note,Arsene should buy players to reinforce our thin squad. FA, is coming in,we have Champions league & of course de tough EPL. Mainly holding mid & strike force. Trophies will be ours to lose. Up Gooners.
+3 #6 Manoj 2016-01-03 08:11
I'm wondering how Arsenal plays a classic football game with touches. But hardly scores. Then onwards, the show game is over and make runs with blunt passes and near misses. They lack long range and power shots except Walcot did that on last. Losing ball possessions many times and causing dangers at the defence. Most of the team flocks upfront and leaving defence area naked. Is that we call total control on home ground games.?
+4 #5 Shogun 2016-01-02 22:53
Good grinding win..... Mert needs a rest and didn't Gabriel score last game---- what does he need to do to start?????
+4 #4 eric 2016-01-02 22:28
poor game but a win is good, we Santi and Alexis it would have been a different game. I hope Wenger gets busy in Jan as promised
+5 #3 Colin 2016-01-02 22:04
I fail to understand why you give Ox and Campbell the same score. If you support Arsenal you have to bite the bullet and accept that the Ox in 2015 didn't either score or assist in the EPL in 2015. Campbell in his limited games has done far more both going forwards and in defence, and if fans keep showing this prejudice we will loose him at the end of this season.
0 #2 Paula 2016-01-02 21:47
Call Chambers should have started as he is more of a disciplined midfielder and that was where we left huge gaps today. We REALLY miss Santi in that position. We were lucky to win but kudos to the boys for grinding out a very important win. Ramsey is more offensive than defensive, although his finishing was poor. Roll on the day when we get Alexis and Coq back! Let's hang tough until then. COYF
+10 #1 Stonroy 2016-01-02 17:45
Ramsey was ***e. Selfish player - should have passed to Campbell to net the victory.