Where is Arsene Wenger missing out? What are his scouts telling him? Moussa Sissoko coming to Newcastle for £1.2m but playing like he was worth £25m is the sort of signing that made Wenger a legendary purveyor of talent. The French Ligue was once his pasture. It is true that the level coming out is uneven in recent years but the Toons seem to have a finer sieve separating the chaff out. Sissoko, Yoann Gouffran, and Mathieu Debuchy, are the new French inductees and they all had mighty fine performances against the reeling Blues. The back four including stalwarts Ashley Cole and John Terry were repeatedly ripped in shreds by the reign of terror.
Chelsea were able to step on the frontfoot through Frank Lampard and Juan Mata's goals which were of the highest quality. Former Newcastle man, Demba Ba booed unmercifully by the St James faithful, left unceremoniously with a broken beak going in for a header as the ball bounced invitingly off a rebound with Fabricio Coloccini's challenge resulting in a boot to the face. It was all inadvertent and the Argentinian was rightfully not sent off much to Rafa Benitez's howls of dismay.
Jonas Gutierrez, the Newcastle veteran got things started with a nice flick off a cross that beat Cech before Lampard and Mata turned the Blues around. That was before Sissoko had his unforgettable debut for his new club. To be sure, Newcastle always looked good for the Europa Cup at the least before the season and it was surprising to see them unravel to relegation zone status. Now, they appear to be making an unmistakable U turn and they look very, very formidable. New, quality reinforcements do make a huge difference.