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Arteta making impact in Arsenal as they dump Newcastle 4-0

Valentine Chinyem

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In what could be termed a surprising goal margin, Arsenal football club edged out Newcastle United in a 4-0 thriller.

Mikel Arteta while speaking to Sky Sports before the match on Sunday, had talked about restoring Arsenal’s lost identity, which is the he fluid passes and attacking football pattern the ‘Gunners’ were once known for.

That is exactly what Arteta hoped to achieve with with Arsenal’s winter break in Dubai, after four successive draws in the league with no sign of improvement.

Newcastle dictated play in the first half, frustrating their opponent who were left on the defensive.

However, it was the Gunners who came back brilliant after the break.

Gunners captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced a striking header in the 54th minute to give Arsenal the lead, when Nicolas Pepe’s floated a cross in.

However, three minutes later, wonder-kid Saka who played from the left tricked Newcastle debutant Valentino Lazaro, before passing a cutback to Pepe, who quickly slot it in, bringing the tally to two.

The Magpies did not look like a team about to give up, as Ciaran Clark missed what would have been a great.

Allan Saint-Maximin also came close after his shot struck the bar.

Mesut Ozil who was beginning to play like his old self, dictating play and producing some great chances through his passes.

Martin Dubravka could not hold on to an Ozil’s shot, which crossed over the line to give Arsenal a 3-nil lead.

The fourth goal however, came from an unbelievable source, Alexandre Lacazette who rifled in a fourth goal, to end his goal draught since last year.

With this win, Arsenal automatically goes up to the 10th position on the English Premiership Table, three points and two places ahead of Newcastle.

The appointment of Mikel Arteta brings hope to Gunners fans, as he is looking to bring the the team to winning ways.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground, ahead of their match with Newcastle, the former Arsenal and Everton player had said, “I am convinced that we are going to do some great things together.”

He added that, “We have every element that we need to be successful and take the club forward – and to do it in the way we want as well. It’s great to feel that the players are enjoying it, and that they believe in what we are trying to do.

“Now it’s down to us to accelerate the process as much as possible, without killing the process but by winning as many games as we can.”

“There have been a lot of positives,” says Arteta. “I have tried to convince the players that if we work on certain things in training, they will happen in games and we will score goals from them. There have been some really good moments like that with things I have asked them to do.

“As well, some of the counter-pressing we have done has been very good. Some of the behaviours of the players weren’t there before, particularly the top players tracking back. The distances between us and how compact we are is much better, and so is our body language during games.”

According to him, it was not easy bringing back the lost confidence the fans had in team.

“The first thing was to make those changes in terms of our culture, how we live together, some of the behaviours that I expect from players and staff and some of the values that we have to have at this club,” he says.

“I think we changed the energy at this club. I think we brought the team and the fans together, which wasn’t an easy thing to do. And then, on the playing side, I think we are starting to see some signs of how I want the team to play, how I want it to behave, and the type of passion and commitment that the players have to show under me.”

When asked by Sky Sports, if he does feel the squad is looking different right now from the squad he inherited, Arteta said, “I wasn’t here before, of course, but from what I heard and from what I felt when I joined, I would say yes.”

“Is this exactly the way I want it? No. There are still a lot of things we have to improve, and we have to maintain our level while we improve, which is sometimes not an easy thing to do. But I think we are on the right way,” he said.

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