Another weekend, another win. Just.
In addition to our extensive pre-match coverage of the game, we got our writers together for a short prediction on how they thought the game would pan out.
Here’s how that went.
Lee Hurley Win 3-0
The first half is what I expected, the second not so much.
We managed to escape with all the points but Newcastle can perhaps feel hard done by that they didn’t get something from the game.
But hey, that’s the way it goes. The side that scores the most and concedes the least wins.
Helen Trantum Win 5-0
Well, at half time the rest of the residents here at Cannon Towers were practically paying out on my prediction already.
Oli was duly delivering and the only question seemed to be whether our final tally would be just over/under my specified five.
Then it all went pear shaped.
I prefer to pretend the second half didn’t happen and remember when my prediction looked right!
Onwards and upwards though, this was an important three points after City and Spurs both delivered and with at least one of United and Liverpool to drop points tomorrow.
Time for a well earned break!
Stephen Bradley Win 4-1
Well that was emotional!
2-0 up at halftime, we were as comfortable as a nap in a pillow factory. Giroud kept up his superb domestic form, Alexis looked like the player that tormented the league during the autumn, and the defence was calm and composed.
Then the second half started, and it was like everyone’s batteries had ran out simultaneously.
Newcastle started to run at us and we immediately retreated 20 yards into our own half and never left.
Only for a couple of superb reaction saves from Ospina, that would’ve been two points dropped.
Two weeks now before our next game.
Time to plug the charger in, Arsenal.
Paul Williams Win 2-0
N/a as he’s been in the pub since 3pm.
Sylvain Jamet Win 2-1
Well three points were always needed and achieved. It wouldn’t be the Arsenal if it was a stress-free game.
Pleased with the three points.
Lewis Ambrose Win 1-0
I really didn’t expect it to be easy, hence the 1-0 prediction, but thought I might be eating my words come half-time.
But Arsenal didn’t let me down.
Newcastle’s goal let them back in and it was always going to be nervy as long as we didn’t make it 3-1.
Thankfully we held on (just).
Another win, hopefully we carry on in the same vein after the internationals.
Nia Griffiths Win 2-1
I got the scoreline right and also suspected it wouldn’t be an easy match but I hoped it might be a little more pleasing on the eye than that.
As much as it’s important we learn to win ugly – something we definitely seem to have embraced this season – it doesn’t do much for my nerves.
We were all over the place at times and I was on the edge of my seat and wincing for the majority of the second half.
To anyone who honestly thinks Mesut Ozil doesn’t do anything, I urge them to watch our matches without him and then make an accurate judgement, because we missed him so much on Saturday.
Andi Foster Win 4-1
Well next time around I’ll go back to being a pessimist.
It turns out that they were three very hard won points.
Now we have the interlull which hopefully Arsenal can scrape through without too many injury issues.
I know, I know – it’s unlikely but we can always hope.
Well done to everyone who predicted a closer score than me (and yes I’m aware that’s almost everyone).
I cant help but feeling, though, we are in for another Walcott contract saga this summer…
Sean Ferguson N/A
Mark Fine Win 4-0
A tale of two distinctly different halves.
First half showed a lot of determination and defensive play. At one point, what looked like frantic goal-side pressure was some quality defending that normally would have seen us concede a goal.
By the end of the first half it looked as if we would be coasting through this one, but it was not to be. We came back completely flat. Between leaving Sissoko wide open and a hatful of misplaced passes we ended up keeping Newcastle in this one.
I don’t generally single out players, but one major bright spot was Coquelin (again). His consistent ability to see the game in 360 degrees is incredible. He seems to have outstanding game presence and is improving every match.
I’m certain his nose will appreciate the two week “break” though.
I don’t recall a match where Newcastle were so dirty.
Colback, Cabella and Williamson all should have been off by the end if the match.
Mike Jones decided to give them repeated lectures instead of booking them. I’ll be shocked if anyone doesn’t come out of this with a knock.
We bent, but didn’t break after conceding one but we also didn’t take advantage of chances in the second half, either.
As a result, it didn’t turn out to be the runaway most of us thought it would be.
But it’s indeed a win and another ugly win nonetheless.
Hope everyone comes back from the break healthy and fit for Liverpool.
Anita Sambol Win 2-0
Big three points, and good first half.
We won’t talk about second!
I can understand the tired legs, and I really wasn’t worried.
If it had been a stronger team than Newcastle though, I’m not sure we would have made it.
It’s been a wonderful run of games for Giroud while Santi and Alexis both need some rest. Gabriel looks promising!
It was a good match for Ospina too.
On to the next one, City have to be worried about us and we just have to keep doing what we’re doing.
I hope some of our players got “minor knocks” and will miss the international break (if you know what I mean)