Where do you start with this one…arguments raged post-match about the referee on Saturday but what I do know is, every Newcastle fan was looking forward to the game and a chance to give Arsenal a long overdue seeing to.
Well, from the 16th minute the game was ruined.
The idiot referee (and he is an idiot) set the tone with a very early soft booking (3rd minute) on Moussa Sissoko, it set the tone because from that moment on, Wenger’s men fell over at every opportunity.
Sure Mitrovic was possibly a booking, but look at his eyes, they never left the ball, there was no malice or intent, the referee had reached for his back pocket before the Arsenal man had hit the grass.
The crowd then rightly turned on the referee, and from that moment he stiffened his stance, the louder the crowd booed and/or the harder the players argued with him, the more he displayed a Uriah Rennie style of arrogance.
Unless something was nailed on, Newcastle United were not going to get any decisions, and this is something that should be looked at.
If you have any doubts on this, view a rerun of the game. Winaldum booked for waving the imaginary card, Cazorla ignored for doing the same thing!
A clear elbow in the face of a Newcastle player also goes unpunished. There were several other decisions that could have gone our way but they didn’t.
Absolute double standards but it will be ignored by the good people at the FA, he will get a pat on the back for taking action against those naughty northern boys, how dare they tackle our lovely footballing favourites.
Hats off to Fabricio Coloccini for refusing to shake the referee’s hand on full-time, how would you shake hands with someone who to all intents and purposes is a cheat?
I spoke to one or two Arsenal fans after the game and while they were pleased with the result they were muted with their celebrations, given the way the game went.
Why oh why are we again having to talk about a referee, he is meant to be there to ensure fair play, no more no less, and when it is he who instigates the opposite, it leaves a sour taste.
The more I write, the angrier I get, so I will try to look at the positives!
Well the team fought as a team, chasing everything, closing down and giving their all, and this can only set the scene for what can still be a good season.
Ok, we did not create a chance of note after the 16th minute but the way Arsenal play, getting the ball was always going to be difficult – last season we would have folded like a pack of cards.
We have players who are only going to get better, and in the ‘Chancellor’ we have a ball playing defender who is not afraid to get upfield, one particular 60 yard run springs to mind, it’s a pity nobody was alongside him…
Florian Thauvin again showed up well, definitely not a centre forward but he was asked to go there after Mitrovic saw red, and he fought valiantly.
At the end of the day we still only have 2 points, and the fixtures don’t get much easier, so we may be near the bottom for a while yet. However, I honestly believe we will climb the table quickly once we get going, damn the international break!
There was a curious mix of red cards in the premier league this weekend, one or two of them looked equally harsh, however it’s no wonder with ex refs Webb, Riley and Poll all to quick to sing their praises. It’s a very egotistical referees Union we have to suffer.
Looking at the rest of the premier league, it looks like with the exception of Man City some of the so called also-rans are getting nearer the top 4. This would be Man City who have just spent another £58 million over the weekend – I wonder what happened to Financial Fair Play or are they immune.
So we move on and after a short break it is off to Upton Park for a tricky fixture against a very inconsistent West Ham, who can’t win at home but exceptional away, let us hope we catch them on an off night.
There is no reason for us to be too despondent, sure the league table does not lie, but I think we have a lot of promise and a definite team spirit, and I also like the way we are trying to play.
Transfer dealing looms, I wonder if there are any surprises waiting for us…
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