And then there are the more unusual sounds, those lesser-heard groans like the one that greeted Mesut Ozil’s brutal volley that secured three points for Arsenal here.
When the replay was shown of Ozil’s strike on the big screens, it prompted a guttural exhalation of breath from the 60,000 spectators inside the Emirates. It was almost a collective wince at how cleanly Ozil had struck the ball, how powerfully it had seared into the roof of the net. There was none of the German’s usual subtlety here. Instead, there was unadulterated power.
If Ozil is to leave the club, be it in January or the summer, it is arguably these sorts of matches in which he will be most sorely missed. For so much of the game, this was one of those afternoons where Arsenal enjoyed plenty of the ball against a lesser-ranked side that had come to defend.
It is in these games that the likes of Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have thrived in recent months, until defeat by Manchester United ended a 12-match winning streak at home.
That loss has clearly had an impact on Arsene Wenger’s side. They have since drawn twice, against Southampton and West Ham United, and there was a noticeable lack of assurance in the final moments of this performance, which had been so comfortable for so long but ended with Newcastle United on the verge of an equaliser.
If Rafael Benitez’s attackers had a bit more luck, or Ayoze Perez had a kept his composure when his big chance arrived, they could have even wiped away the lead Ozil had so artfully given the home side.
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