Arsene Wenger gives verdict on Arsenal’s performance against Newcastle

The Gunners boss has stated the importance of picking up three points at St James’ Park.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted to the club’s official website that it was important to pick up three points against Newcastle after inconsistent recent home form.

A Fabricio Coloccini own goal was the deciding factor in the North London club’s 1-0 win over the hosts on Saturday, getting the visitors back on track after dropped points at home to Liverpool on Monday night.

With the Emirates Stadium outfit having ambitions of winning the Premier League this season, it was important that Wenger’s men did not let the gap between leaders Manchester City and themselves open up.

The French manager said that the result was the most important thing from the game ahead of the international break.

“It was important,” he told the club’s official website.

“We know we’ll turn it round at home so it was important mathematically not to drop points today, not to be too far from the top teams.

“It was important mentally as well because we dropped points at home. We had two different away games at Newcastle and Crystal Palace but we’ve got six points. That is very good.”

The game changed complexion once striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off and as such the emphasis was on Arsenal to take the game to the hosts.

Wenger stated that patience was key to the Gunners getting a positive result.

“Patience and nerves,” Wenger continued.

“I believe that we needed to not rush our game, to wait for our chances and to take one of them.

“I must say that Newcastle decided from the start to make the game quite physical and we had to keep our nerves and not become a little bit aggressive as well. I thought we did that well.

“Afterwards it was a strange game. You play away from home, 11 against 10, and you know that they will play 15 yards deeper, you play 10 against nine in the final third, the crowd is behind their team which puts pressure on the referee, and then it’s very difficult.

“We didn’t find the space. They defended well and they’ve shown why they didn’t concede at Manchester United as well. We are happy to have the three points and to win 1-0.”

Arsenal now have amassed seven points from their first four games and will take solace in away victories after a loss and draw at the Emirates Stadium against West Ham and Liverpool respectively.

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