The Gunners secured their second win of the 2015/16 season away at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, and after the game boss Arsene Wenger said: “I believe that we needed to not rush our game, to wait for our chances and to take one of them.”
Arsenal beat Newcastle 1-0 to move up the Premier League table, to fifth place to be precise, as Fabricio Coloccini’s own goal broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute – handing the Gunners three good points.
And, Wenger expressed how vital the win was. “It was important,” he said. “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 Magpies were sent down to 10 men after Aleksandar Mitrovic was shown a red card by referee Andre Marriner for a reckless tackle on Francis Coquelin, and Wenger agreed with the decision to send the Newcastle attacker off.
“Honestly during the game I didn’t see,” the Frenchman said. “Just seeing the game on television, unfortunately it was a red card. He didn’t play the ball at all.”
On whether patience was key to beating Steve McClaren's side, he explained: "Patience and nerves. 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 play Stoke City next on the 12th of September and will be looking to secure their first home win of the new campaign.