Summing up the Newcastle v Arsenal match, Gary Lineker once again proved himself the man for the one-liners.

With Newcastle not turning up in the first half, Lineker suggested that they must have taken their flip-flops off at half-time.

A reference to comments Match of The Day pundit Phil Neville made after the previous match at Everton, claiming the United players looked like they were already on their holidays as they gifted Everton a three goal win.

John Carver had reacted angrily to Neville’s comments and indeed claimed after the final whistle against Arsenal, that his players had proved both Neville and other critics wrong.

Analysing the Arsenal game on Match of The Day last night though, Gary Lineker said the two halves were as big a contrast as you’d see anywhere.

Gary Lineker

“I think they took their flip-flops off at half-time. A game of contrasting 45 minutes if ever there was one”

Alan Shearer was of a similar mind as well, he couldn’t believe that after the Everton game, the players weren’t determined to make up for it from kick-off yesterday:

“Unbelievable. I would have expected Newcastle to come out of the blocks flying after being battered by Everton last weekend and being criticised by a lot of people.

“I expected them to get in the faces of Arsenal but there was nothing at all. It was so easy for Arsenal; take your time, get your head up, no pressure on the ball whatsoever.”

Come on guys:

“I’m looking at this game and thinking ‘come on guys, you’ve got to do a lot more’, you’ve got to start closing the Arsenal players down because if you give them time and space like they did here, they will punish you.”

Essential to get the crowd going:

“They’re an excellent team when other teams allow them to do that. It’s just so easy for them and the crowd are flat. At Newcastle you need to get the crowd going, even if you just go in with a crunching tackle, it gives them something.

“I’m looking and thinking why couldn’t they do this first half?”

(The statistics over the course of this season are shocking in terms of how Newcastle start games compared to the opposition – have a look HERE)

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