The match just got over 15 minutes back and I’m still peeved at goalkeeper Wojciech Szcz?sny. Somebody (Wenger are you listening?) out to kick his ass a few times. This moron is making quite a few goofs in recent match and not forced goofs caused by the way the ball spins or lands awkwardly on the pitch – no it’s stupid goofs because he is arrogant and careless. We are extremely lucky to have won this game with that flimsy margin of a single goal. Newcastle will curse their luck for not scoring atleast twice, one with that idiotic clearance by Szcz?sny which hit a Toon Army player and nearly went into our goal!
The Gunners created several chances early on but Newcastle almost went ahead in first-half stoppage time when Moussa Sissoko’s shot was saved and Mathieu Debuchy headed against the bar. The lone goal was scored by Olivier Giroud via a header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Theo Walcott following a set piece situation. Walcott had a lob cleared off the line before Arsenal withstood late pressure, as the Gunners looked tired and lacking any bite while scrappy Newcastle dug deep to try and find an equalizer.
The hosts sent goalkeeper Tim Krul forward in search of a late equaliser, with Hatem Ben Arfa firing wide from a great position, but the Gunners will now be top of the league on New Year’s Day for the first time since the 2007-08 season with a point advantage over Manchester City. Arsenal have 42 points from 19 games played (right at the half way mark), just one point ahead of Manchester City.