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Premier League 2019/20: Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal - 5 talking points

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Newcastle United v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Newcastle United v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Arsenal kicked off their 2019/20 campaign in solid fashion, beating Newcastle United 1-0 at St. James Park. The Gunners were able to lay a marker on their quest for a top 4 finish by sealing a first away win of the campaign, a feeling they hope won’t be a collector’s item this season. This was the first time the Gunners had kept a clean sheet and won an opening game since the 2008/09 campaign.

The game was decided by a 58th-minute strike from last season’s top scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Latching onto a perfectly weighted pass from Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Gabonese international dinked past a rushing out Dubravka.

The victory sees Arsenal win only their third opening weekend game in a decade. While for the Magpies, they now haven’t won an opening game in the Premier League in their last six attempts.

Here are 5 talking points from Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.

#5 Calum Chambers' MOTM performance

Calum Chambers could be the surprise package of Arsenal's season
Calum Chambers could be the surprise package of Arsenal's season

Throughout the summer, Arsenal fans were losing sleep at the prospect of the Gunners not signing a centre-back. In the end, they purchased David Luiz on deadline day for a measly £8m. But no one seemed to remember that Fulham’s 2018/19 player of the season had returned to North London.

As seen in pre-season, Chambers partnered Sokratis, as Unai Emery promised he’d only be picking players he knew were 100% ready.

Calum Chambers repaid the boss’s faith with an exceptional performance. Up against a physical Joelinton, Chambers stood his ground not showing any sign of weakness. The 24-year-old was never seen out of position, neither did he lose any aerial duels.

Newcastle opted to play in a direct style, forcing the Englishman to make three clearances and win three aerials. Calum Chambers has played over 50 PL games and today his experience at a young age shone through. 

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