I shall keep this brief but what a great fighting performance that sums up how far we have come in recent months. The only change to our eleven saw Arteta return in midfield with the Ox moving into the front three in place of Gervinho. To be fair to Newcastle, they did start very well and looked dangerous in the first fifteen minutes or so. They took the lead when Vermaelen sloppily gave the ball away, Gibbs was badly positioned and Ben Arfa had too much time and space, he took his chance expertly and cut inside, blasting past Szczesny at his near post.
From that moment on there was only one team that looked like winning, we stormed up the other end, Theo fed RVP, he slipped inside Williamson and cracked home the important equaliser. We dominated the rest of the first half and continued in this vein all second half, we huffed and puffed, and it looked like we might never get that little break in front of goal. In the end it came when many of us had almost given up all hope, Vermaelen steaming in at the back stick to bury the ball with his right foot, 2-1 and what a win.
It was very satisfying and fully deserved. Rosicky had been awesome, spinning this way and that, running the show in midfield, it was a really good performance from many others too, Theo was particularly sharp in my opinion. We had had the chances to win the game before Vermaelen's winner, RVP and Gervinho with the best of them. One cannot feel sorry for Newcastle too, their persistent time wasting was rather pathetic and Krul got his just deserts, pick that one out!