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v. Newcastle, 2020. : Gunners

I’ve always kind of liked Newcastle as a second club. When a team’s fans are that passionate in the face of consistent disappointment on and off the pitch, I can’t help but feel some respect. Of course, my affection for the Magpies also probably has something to do with the fact that we always thrash them. In a game that Mikel Arteta was under a lot of pressure to win and win convincingly, Newcastle rolled over (in the second half, at least) and let us cruise to a 4-0 victory here. Thanks, Steve Bruce. Now go on and shithouse a 1-0 against Spurs, ya beautiful bastard.

Anyway, the pass. Özil’s abilities are on full display here. The touch to take it around Longstaff is pretty dope, but I also love his turn right after, which opens up acres of space for him to find and whack a pass down the left to Aubameyang. God, I miss football…

Fun facts about this match:

  • Arsenal kept back-to-back Premier League clean sheets for the first time since April 2019, in the game against Newcastle from yesterday’s post.

  • There were 35 passes in the build up to Özil’s late goal, with every single player touching the ball for the Gunners. It was the most number of passes for any goal in the Premier League this season.

  • Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has scored the opening goal of the game on six different occasions in the Premier League this season, the joint-most in the competition alongside Tammy Abraham, Danny Ings, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy.

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