5 Things We Learned From Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal Are Grinding Out Away Wins

For the third away league game in a row, Arsenal went 2-0 up, conceded in the second half and ended up hanging on.

Just as at Crystal Palace and QPR before them, here the Gunners had to rely on digging in and almost forcing themselves over the line in order to pick up the three points.

They’d rather play at their flowing best, of course, but as an alternative it isn’t a bad one.


Olivier Giroud Is Worth His Weight In Goals

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Pre-conceived ideas about footballers often take a while to change, but Olivier Giroud’s fine form has now surely gone on long enough for people to change their opinions of him.

The Frenchman is a very good Premier League forward who has now scored in five successive games in the competition, as well as netting eight goals in six appearances against Newcastle.

Instead of obsessively pondering just how good he actually is, perhaps Arsenal fans should just enjoy him while they can?


Remy Cabella Could Be Terrific

Even during the Alan Pardew days, when Newcastle have been good this season they’ve been very good, and here they were driven on by the energy and effervescence of Remy Cabella.

The Frenchman was excellent in the second half as his side dominated for large periods, and there are promising signs that he could be a big player for the club next season having got this campaign under his belt.


Theo Walcott’s Time At Arsenal Could Be Coming To An End

With Mesut Ozil out here and Arsene Wenger admitting that Alexis Sanchez has been suffering from fatigue, it was perhaps a surprise that Theo Walcott wasn’t given a chance from the start by the Gunners boss. At least it would be if you weren’t following the Englishman’s woes.

In a week when contract talk again centred around the erstwhile England international, that fact that he wasn’t seen here could be used as further evidence of a long goodbye to the club.


Moussa Sissoko Put In A Good Arsenal Audition

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We’ve seemingly been saying it since the glorious reign of Patrick Vieira came to an end, but Arsenal’s need for a powerful, dynamic midfielder has been quite a pressing one for a while now, and has become more pronounced with the injuries to Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta this season.

The answer could lie in the Newcastle captain Moussa Sissoko, who put in an impressive display rounded off by a goal, and the sometime Gunners target must have impressed the watching Wenger.