Ozil, Podolski and more: Twitter reacts as Arsenal sink Newcastle
Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski both tweet their thoughts as Arsenal beat Newcastle to reclaim the top spot
Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League table thanks to a battling 1-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday.
After a goalless first half at St James’ Park, Olivier Giroud’s deft header from Theo Walcott’s free-kick broke the deadlock in the 65th minute.
And the Gunners held firm to ensure they lead the way at the summit of the English top flight heading into 2014.
The game prompted plenty of activity on Twitter – and here are our favourite updates, in chronological order.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright (@IanWright0) is ready for kick-off: “C’mon the boys. COYG.”
As is Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088), who sat out the game with a shoulder injury: “Lets go gunners. #gunners #afc #Arsenal”
BBC pundit Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) feels sorry for one of Newcastle’s defenders: “Bet Mike Williamson can’t understand a word of what’s being said on the pitch today, Zut Alores #nufc”
Golfer and Arsenal fan Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) chimes in: “Come on Arsenal lets beat the toon.”
Ex-Scotland international Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) is enjoying the contest: “Fascinating game this Newcastle v Arsenal. Good little partnership down Newcastle’s right side… Off to it properly.”
Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) has some words of advice for Giroud: “Giroud needs to work out, as I had to, that you can’t succeed purely on good looks. #Afc”
Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong (@IAMFRIMPONG26) reacts after Giroud nods home the opener: “Yessssssssssssssss”
And Özil (@MesutOzil1088) is equally delighted: “Yeahhhhh”
Morgan (@piersmorgan) responds: “BOOOM! 1-0 Never doubted him… #Giroud #Afc”
Former England international Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) is impressed: “That’s a huge win for Arsenal.”
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) is thrilled: “Get in lads. Great win WooooHooo #gooners”
As is Wright (@IanWright0): “What a great result. Well done the boys.”
The injured Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) is delighted for his team-mates: “Great 3 points at an in-form team today, nice to see @_OlivierGiroud_ back on the score sheet. Top of the league at the halfway point!”
Özil (@MesutOzil1088) congratulates his colleagues: “Good job my friends. I am proud of you.”
Midfielder Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) posts the picture above with Kieran Gibbs, and adds: “Tough game! We defended well especially in the last 15 mins!Big thanks to our amazing fans! Safe journey home! #AFC ”
And unused substitute Lukas Podolski (@Podolski10) has the final say: “Next win, important one. We’re back on top of the league!! #afc #COYG #topoftheleague #poldi”