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Arsenal make the poshest substitution ever

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Arsenal got back to winning ways in the late kick-off on Saturday with an impressive 4-1 victory over Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium, and one funny fan pointed to something rather amusing with only a few minutes remaining.

Two goals apiece for Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla saw off Alan Pardew’s side, despite Arsene Wenger being forced to field another makeshift defence due to injury and suspension. It was a back for of Hector Bellerin, Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker and Kieran Gibbs - Debuchy was playing his first ever game at centre-back.

Cazorla won the man of the match accolade in the end, but there were a number of good performances for the Gunners. One of these was that of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a rare outing playing centre-midfield.

Wenger has said he expects the young England international to end up as a central midfielder and his powerful performance against Newcastle gave glimpse of why the Frenchman thinks so. So Oxlade-Chamberlain put in a good shift and picked up a knock near the end.

Arsenal were cruisng at that point and Wenger decided to bring him off for injury time and give a couple of minutes to promising youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles in what has been described as the poshest sounding substitute ever.

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Eton, the English private school that has been attended by many generations of royalty and politicians, is possibly considered the poshest school going in the UK and one fan watching the match suggested the Arsenal substitution sounded like something from the school’s first XI. Chortle.

It has been a difficult season for Wenger and he has arguably come under the fiercest criticism yet from Arsenal fans because of some very inconsistent performances. Winning is the key and the poshest substitution ever shows that people can see the funny side if they’ve seen a few goals.

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Newcastle United
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Arsenal
Premier League
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