Wondering what the Arsenal fans thought of Saturday’s match?
Gooner Jon Shay wrote an open letter to Newcastle fans which we published before the match on Saturday (read it here), so we asked him for his views afterwards on what he saw unfold when the two teams clashed….
Harsh result, I have got to say. For a match to come down to an own goal is always a tough pill to swallow, all the more so when Krul had done so much to keep a clean sheet.
We at Arsenal will feel fortunate to have escaped. If your squad can play with that much determination, this will be but a temporary setback.
There are a few glaring moments that stand out…
Here, for what they’re worth, are a few thoughts:
The penalty shout for Bellerin: while a lot of Gooners and ‘objective’ commentators felt that this was a stonewall penalty, I think Marriner was correct in waving play on.
The contact was minimal and incidental, and even in more blatant cases, I’d prefer to see the game continue than see it get turned on its head so early by such a soft penalty.
The red card on Mitrovic: this seemed unduly harsh, almost as if Marriner was atoning for the non-call for Bellerin.
By this point in the match, though, there had already been a number of clumsy or harsh tackles (Sissoko having already been booked for a similar foul in the second minute).
Mitrovic’s challenge looks quite a bit worse because he appears to stomp down, almost heel-first, on Coquelin’s foot. My first reaction was to think that Mitrovic looked awfully clumsy but hardly malevolent. Again, I dislike seeing such game-changing calls, even if they benefit my club.
Tim Krul turned in an absolute blinder, not that I’m surprised. He’s got class, plain and simple.
In my post-match poll, the number one comment was ‘why can’t I vote for Krul as MotM?’ with ‘We only rate Gunners’ as my flimsy reply.
We lead the Prem in shots taken but are almost certainly dead last in conversion after taking 22 shots, putting nine on frame, and coming away with only an own goal.
That own goal was indeed a shock. We had a thrilling sequence leading up to it, and Krul’s save on Ramsey’s shot was a textbook definition of how to save a screamer like that: deflect it wide and far.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot from that wide angle had no business going in and looked like it would curl well to the right, and Coloccini had the misfortune to be in the right place at the wrong time.
A split-second earlier or later and he either blocks the shot or misses it entirely, and the danger is avoided.
Long story short, we escaped. The loss might drop you into the relegation-zone, but we’re only four matches in, and I’d be hard-pressed to find a club that has had a tougher string of fixtures to start the season than Newcastle has had.
I wrote before the match of the quality of your three key signings – Mitrovic, Wijnaldum and Thauvin. They’ll bed in soon enough. We haven’t heard the last of Newcastle, that’s for sure.
Jon also has his own Arsenal blog – Woolwich1886