Arsenal needed a win in order to secure a Champions League spot and prove to the naysayers that this team can set an objective and achieve it. There was also the rivalry between Tottenham and Arsenal, seeing as the two were competing for the same prize. The gunners set out for points and glory and Koscielny’s goal secured just that.
Newcastle managed to salvage a season that could have turned into a disaster had they relegated, but considering that last week they secured a spot in Premier League, this game against Arsenal was approached as a relatively with nothing to play for goal. They managed to give the gunners a run for their money and were fearless in the face of a multitude of attacks and possibility to be finished off in the German style (with a lot of conceded goals).
While Arsenal literally struggled to have good chances for scoring, Newcastle had theirs in the 7th minute when Cisse blew his shot way over the net. Theo Walcott had several attempts for himself, but it was Koscielny who scored the only goal of the match on the 52 minute. After that the game died down, and Newcastle was unable to produce an upset to the Gunners, seeing as their fans were already on the brink of a riot since they knew their direct competitors, Tottenham had already won their match.
Arsene Wenger praised his team at the end of the game saying that: “A lot of people thought we wouldn’t make the Champions League and we’ve shown them up. I’m proud of everyone in our dressing room.” Seeing as I anticipated a victory of the gunners, I won the bet placed with odds from William Hill and got 4 units.
Result: +4 units, bet won