Arsenal maintained their hot streak as Thomas Vermaelen's goal in the dying moments was the difference against Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on Monday, 2-1.
The Gunners have now won their last five Premier League matches, and are within one point of third-place Tottenham. Arsene Wenger, who was the subject of speculation that he would be fired in the beginning of the season, has Arsenal clicking again.
The home club was clearly the more aggressive side, as Arsenal's attack bombarded goalkeeper Tim Krul. Newcastle had their chances, but Wenger's side did an excellent job of controlling the ball and pressuring Newcastle defenders.
The Magpies got on the board first when Gabriel Obertan found Hatem Ben Arfa, who probably caught Wojciech Szczesny off-guard by going with a left-footed near-post shot from the right flank in the 14th minute.
The lead was short-lived as Theo Walcott found Robin van Persie seconds later, and the Premier League goal leader made easy work of a cross in the box. The Newcastle defenders seemed surprised by how quickly the Gunners recuperated from the goal, and how efficiently they moved the ball forward.
The match stayed even until stoppage time, when centre back Vermaelen scored the game winner. Arsenal launched a counter attack and the Belgian star was able to find the back of the net after a botched header in the box.
Arsenal took 23 shots with eight on goal, while Newcastle took only four shots with two on target. The Gunners had possession for 61 percent of the match.
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