Alan Shearer has regularly slated Steve McClaren and his players, as Newcastle have ended up stuck in the relegation zone after some poor to average efforts in the first half of the season. With only the odd decent performance to interrupt the slide into the bottom three.
On Saturday at the Emirates the United legend was full of praise for Newcastle, even though once again they failed to get on the score sheet.
However, this time Alan Shearer felt there was a valid reason, at least up to a point, with Petr Cech standing in their way.
Shearer thought the former Chelsea keeper was outstanding and the main reason they picked up three points.
The goalkeeper has proved an outstanding signing by Arsene Wenger and the former Newcastle striker forecast at the start of the season he could be worth up to 12 points over the course of this season.
It is likely three of those were banked yesterday as he made great saves, including a trio of chances for Gini Wijnaldum, the key one almost undoubtedly early in the second half. Brilliant play by Ayoze Perez set up the former PSV midfielder and whilst he should have still probably scored, Petr Cech rushed off his line and in the end blocked Wijnaldum’s shot.
Alan Shearer said that he felt the longer Newcastle went without scoring, the more likely it was they’d get punished.
As he points out, disappointing it ended up coming from a set-play, with Perez undoing a lot of his good work at the other end of the pitch as he was sleepwalking when Koscielny scored the winner.
Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:
“Newcastle should have had something.
“I think it is widely recognised that to win the Premier League you need a top class goalkeeper. Arsenal have, withot doubt, got one of those now.
“We said at the start of the season he (Petr Cech) is worth 10 to 12 points, well he played a massive part im them getting three today.
“From Newcastle’ point of view, I thought it was a lot better today. They played well, they created chances, they took the game to Arsenal and should have got something out of this game.
“There was constant threat, particularly down the (Newcastle) right hand side, causing problems all afternoon.
“A good ball in from Sissoko and header from Wijnaldum, good save from Petr Cech.
“Great pressing on halfway line (by Perez) and they craft a chance superbly well, good ball in (from Perez) and Cech so quick off his line. Wijnaldum should do better, perhaps dink it, but give credit to a top class keeper.
“We are watching the game and thinking Newcastle are going to get punished here…and they did.
“Perez goes to sleep, a set-piece and they lose the first ball (Coloccini) and he (Koscielny) is quicker to the ball than Perez.”
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