Looking back at the Newcastle v Arsenal encounter, Alan Shearer slated the defending by his former team.

The Match of The Day pundit pointed to the difference between Giroud and Williamson, the French striker showing more strength and hunger to win than the Newcastle defender.

Vurnon Anita also quite rightly came into the firing line, with Alan Shearer not believing what he was seeing, as the only job the Dutchman had to do was to protect the post and yet the killer second goal dropped into the net just inside his post. For some reason Anita going walkabout into the middle of the goal.

“It could have been 3 or 4 at half-time and Arsenal should have been out of sight.

“Giroud was stronger than Williamson, he was hungrier than Williamson and that summed it up.”

What was Anita doing?

“Anita on the post – what was he doing?

“I don’t think we could repeat everything what John Carver said at half-time but what I’m sure he’d have said was you have to get higher up the pitch and close them down. More intensity – then you saw the difference.”

Great skill by Ryan Taylor:

“Great skill by Ryan Taylor (ball to Cabella in build-up to goal), they got the goal and suddenly they’re back in the game. Great finish from Sissoko but just look at the difference after that.

“They are now on the front foot and giving Arsenal something to think about.”