Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0  Saturday 2 January 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle, to talk about some aspect of the match:

Ben Cooper:

“A more attacking display today and it was very welcome.

“The result doesn’t matter to me, we need wins not draws.

“Play like that for the rest of the season and we have got a chance of getting them.

“Play for 0-0 every week and we don’t.”

James Rutherford:

“Players turning up again against one of the big clubs and it still isn’t enough.

“Beginning to sound like a broken record but we’ve got to take our chances. Can’t really take any heart from good performances anymore.

“Gini did well in the centre, much more influential.

“The result is even worse with teams around us picking up points.

“For the love of God, sign a striker.”

Nat Seaton:

“A better performance but hey, we LOST again, and I am beginning to really worry, especially having just walked out of the stadium and heard the other results.

“There is just not enough quality in the team and the manager seems intent on not trying to change things.

“People saying we were unlucky again does not give us any points and that is what we desperately need…”

Paul Lyon:

“Not a bad performance, we looked really confident with the ball and created a couple of chances.

“We need to start putting the ball in the back of net pronto because I get the feeling we could lose every game 1-0 until the end of the season.

“The effort and application is there but teams are punishing us game after game.

“One positive, I thought Gini was much more effective in the centre and can see him adding to his goals tally this season from that position.”

Notts Toon

“Imagine if we had a goal scorer.

“We might actually win football matches.”

Leazes Park Ender:

“That was actually a better effort at an away ground which usually brings suffering. Big chances went begging though. Ashley has a choice now. Invest in a proven goal getter or allow his business to lose millions by getting relegated.

“Newcastle rarely do good Christmases and this was no exception. In fact it’s been pretty darn cruel. Football is really hitting us where it hurts at the moment.

“Yes, we have some good players.

“Yes, there is time to get out of that bottom three.

“Yet I am starting to fear that the game is up.

“In terms of today’s performance we’ve been unlucky to lose that one. I see signs the players can create chances.

“Let’s not let hide the fact that McClaren’s record has been hopeless. I think he is in denial about that league table, which makes for awful reading at the beginning of January.”

Jamie Swan:

“Another game, another blank fired and another one nil defeat. That’s three 0-1s in a row – ugh.

“Really hard to take in this particular match. The lads played really well and were the better team for nigh on 70 minutes. Hugely predictable result, if not scoreline, in the end.

“We have created very few chances lately, but some real golden ones. Today we created a lot and still couldn’t find the onion bag.

“We’ve scored 5 in the last 6 and conceded 5 – 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats.

“That run could have got us another 5 points at least, so hard to hammer the lads – but we are rooted in the bottom 3 and the next two home games against Manure and West Ham are now must wins.

“Bad times for 2016.”

Jamie Smith:

“No shame at all in narrow defeat at potential champions but our chickens are coming home to roost as we begin to look desperately badly off following a run of shocking results.

“We need a goal scorer pronto, although I do sympathise with those asked to play up front in McClaren’s shockingly negative formations.

“Get rid of one defensive midfielder and give Thauvin a go.

“The cup game with Watford would be a good place to start as, unfortunately, the FA cup would be a distraction from the dire relegation trouble we are now in.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0

Goals: Koscielny 72mins

Possession was 49% Newcastle and 51% Arsenal

Total shots was 15 for Newcastle and Arsenal 16

Shots on target was Newcastle 6 and Arsenal 3

While corners was Newcastle 6 and Arsenal 7

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback (Thauvin 79), Tiote (de Jong 87),  Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic

Unused Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Gouffran, Lascelles, Toney

Ref: Anthony Taylor

Crowd: 59,257 (2,000 Newcastle)

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