Emmanuel Adebayor scored his 19th goal of the season and three in a matter of four days against Kevin Keegan’s disappointing Newcastle side at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. The win takes the North London side top of the Premiership table for atleast twenty-four hours as Manchester United could regain the spot with a home win against Portsmouth on Wednesday.
The side from the Northeast was more impressive with the display against the same opponents during the FA Cup fourth round clash on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Newcastle fans Arsenal played the match with immense superiority and for the large part of the match with utmost ease. Honestly, it was a surprise Arsene Wenger’s men went into the break just a goal ahead when it could easily have been more but for Newcastle’s Irish goalkeeper Shay Given.
It was a typical team effort from Arsene Wenger’s boys but the most impressive individual that stood out was the ever improving French midfielder Mathieu Flamini. His high class cross was headed home by the in-form Adebayor to put Arsenal in the lead going into the break. Flamini then put the game further away from Newcastle’s reach as he unleashed a 25-yard stunning shot that flew into the top corner of Shay Given’s net for Arsenal’s second goal of the match. Spanish sensation Cesc Fabregas then put the last nail in Newcastle’s coffin when he put the game into bed by latching onto a superb Niclas Bendtner skillful control.
This is Newcastle’s third match under ‘King Kev’ and the Magpies have failed to score in all these games despite the former England manager promising attacking football on his arrival. Newcastle have appointed former Leeds manager Denis Wise as the club’s Executive Director but honestly he would not have been too impressed with way the club performed yesterday night. The problem is Newcastle do not have enough quality in that side apart from Michael Owen and some others. There should be an immediate postmortem of the composition of the squad for given the celebrated impatience of the Newcastle fans, even a Northeast legend like Kevin Keegan could be in danger of losing his job at the end of the season if results do not go in his way.
Arsenal have found their devastating form big time after the heavy defeat it suffered at the hands of Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi final second leg. The two home wins against Newcastle show that this team has the potential to face all the odds successfully. Yes, Emmanuel Adebayor is the man that is driving the Gunners forward but as always it’s the whole team that is showing the tenacity to go all the way and challenge Manchester United to the coveted Premiership title come May.