The French manager has come out all guns blazing following the match, accusing Magpies boss Steve McClaren of deliberately setting out to spoil the contest and reduce Arsenal’s chances of playing.
“Newcastle wanted to stop us from playing and they tried that from the start,” Wenger began, speaking to reporters, as per Goal.
“It was about patience and nerves. We needed not to rush our game and to wait for our chances and take one of them.
“Newcastle decided from the start to make the game quite physical, we had to keep our nerve and not become aggressive as well.”
The Magpies, playing in front of their home supporters, were reduced to ten men just after the 15-minute mark when Aleksandar Mitrovic was shown a red card for stamping on Francis Coquelin.
The North London side eventually made the breakthrough in the second half when Aaron Ramsey forged an opening before his effort rebounded to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international’s strike deflected past the impressive Tim Krul off Fabricio Coloccini.
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Wenger did admit that he didn’t see the incident which resulted in Mitrovic’s red card, but will surely be delighted picked up his second victory over the season.
Newcastle, by contrast, find themselves in the bottom three after having failed to pick up a win so far this season, despite a handful of encouraging outings.