Arsenal recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday, with an Olivier Giroud header enough to give the north London club victory at St James’ Park.
The result ensures that Arsene Wenger’s men move back to the top of the Premier League table, and will start 2014 at the summit of English football.
The trio were pictured here in a photo posted by the Germany international, celebrating after the game.
Arsenal’s defensive effort this season has been much improved, and despite the attacking talent at Wenger’s disposal, it may well be his back four that can spearhead the club’s title challenge.
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