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Enough has been said about Arsenal's struggles in the late part of the last season. Well, not enough actually. There is scope for a lot more, and it was visible throughout the 90+ minutes at St. James Park. They passed and passed, smooth and silky, nice and pleasing, but then huffed and puffed, struggled and staggered to a well earned draw.
Without forgetting to mention, they ended the match with something to complain about!
The difference? A solid defence.
For all the people complaining about the lack of quality in Arsenal defence, they had a solid back line even with Djourou on the bench. Vermaelan, Koscielny, Sagna and Gibbs did a damn good job to cut out the threat from an unimaginative Newcastle forward line. Considering Newcastle were in no mood for adventure, there will be lot sterner tests for Vermaelen and co.