Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0  – Saturday 16 December 2017 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Now no wins in nine and one point from the last 27:

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“If we had been told in August that we would be in the relegation zone at Christmas, would anyone be surprised.

“The season has to start again now, start playing ugly and wrestle back some points – it’s the only way out of this I can see.

“Finally, it’s time to go Mike, if the deal is not done for new year it will be a disaster.”

Ben Cooper:

“When I saw the team we had out I wondered what Rafa was doing but in the last 10 minutes it became clear.

“He’d obviously seen the footage of Foreman v Ali and decided that we’d let Arsenal punch themselves out before delivering a decisive blow.

“Great tactics Rafa and they almost worked, except Arsenal got bored rather than punched themselves out.

“The only other flaw was that we don’t have anyone who can score any goals.

“To be fair, for the first 75 minutes Sanchez, Ozil and Wilshere were magic and they are all leaving Arsenal for free in the summer, so most teams have their fair share of problems.

“One of our main problems seems to be that all of the other teams in the bottom half of the table seem to be able to spring that surprise result to relieve the pressure and we don’t.

“There were some positives today though, despite at least an hour of the game being the most one-sided game you have ever seen.

“Apart from that, we had 10 shots, and if we’d had a £20million striker in the team we’d have got a point perhaps, accepting of course that they could have been 5-0 up at that point.

“All is not yet lost but it is a defining next 5 weeks for our two fatties up top.

“Let’s hope the one we like is the one smiling on February the 1st.”

Toon Bano:

“Well that was inevitable.”

Nat Seaton:

“Well I came down to London today expecting us to lose (there is always a little part of me that thinks maybe today it will be different) and we duly obliged.

“The scoreline might not be as bad as I had feared but a loss is a loss and makes next weekend’s trip back down here all the more crucial.

“Tough times ahead and 4 games to play by the end of New Year’s Day…”

Jamie Smith:

“Not ashamed of losing there, it’ll happen.

“The headline story as it has been for weeks is that we’re bang in trouble due to uncertainty caused by under investment and lack of ability due to the exact same under investment.

“Unfortunately, being in the actual relegation zone (if West Ham keep their lead at Stoke)only adds gravitas to the relegation clause squabble.

“This rubbish run needs to end.

“The return of Lascelles has at least reduced the concession of 3 per game.

“Now we need to actually score a few.

“Unlikely by pumping it long to Joselu, hopefully a West Ham we will see more ambition.”

Paul Lyon:

“What a rank day of results!

“On to next week…”

David Punton:

“Mike Ashley has built a Championship club at NUFC.

“This is an owner who thinks Premier League survival can be done on the cheap. Well, it can’t.

“Cash is king in this league and we’re such miserly spenders that it’s no shock to see us tumbling down the division.

“The players are an honest bunch, they’ve battled hard at the Emirates today.

“The thrashing that we all expected was averted, but an Ozil goal has been enough to see us leave north London empty handed. Ozil cost more than our entire team today.

“The club needs to buy a proven goal scorer in the top flight.

“If Rafa has written off Mitrovic then we need something else.

“Things are looking very bleak at the moment for Newcastle United.”

Paul Patterson:

“Played decent to be honest, then when we had momentum…

“Diame was brought on to kill any hope of snatching a point.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0


Arsenal: Ozil 23

Possession was Arsenal 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were  Arsenal 23 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Arsenal 5 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Arsenal 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy (Gayle 67), Hayden, Merino (Diame 82), Atsu (Ritchie 54), Perez, Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Dummett, Aarons

Crowd: 59,379 (Newcastle 3,000)

(Method in the madness of Rafa’s team selection – Read HERE)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The effort was there, the quality wasn`t & in this league that means relegation.
    buy class replacements for Perez, Hoss & Slomo & we`ve a chance of staying up, buy the usual garbage and we`re down

    • Leazes Ender

      Well we’re already prepared for Championship football next season so even Charnley can’t get that wrong….. he doesnt have to do a blinking thing.

  • thewildchimp

    Again, it’s not about the money. Money does not kick the ball. Look at Leicester or Iceland national. It’s about finding the right people for the job. We don’t need a 30m striker, just a striker who will fit well in the team tactics and score. And we need two more players: a tactician on the pitch to read the flow and organize the lads and someone to glue the forwards and the midfield – even better if we can get that in a single player. Shelvey is a great passer but not very creative. It’s Merino’s first year in the Prem and he isn’t ready yet and who knows if he’ll be here next year. With a quality midfield – even Josely could score every game or two. We don’t need 50m to survive. Just some intelligent buys. 50m is for the mid-table finish.

    • wheyayeman

      “Again, it’s not about the money…” Ok Mike

      • nufcslf

        Because of stupid money, your slightly better than Joselu do cost 15 to 20 million quid. Scary and changing our plight just might be too late no matter the changes that might happen in near future. If there was just somebody above Cashley to sack the c**t and be able to move on.

        • thewildchimp

          Don’t get me wrong, it would be awesome if we spent that amount of money. But Vardy is on 80k per week, making it roughly 4,2m per year. There are surely others like him, quality, but still waiting for their big break. Defoe could’ve been brought for a year. We don’t need to splash huge amounts of cash – just shop wisely.
          All of these: “oh, we don’t have enough money” talks are rubbish. McClaren spent 80m quids and got relegated.

          Why did we hire Joselu, when we had Murphy who is 10x better? Because people in charge of transfers are clueless. And Rafa is filling our team with dubious Spaniards. I blame Cashley for the current situation, much like anyone else, but just showering incompetent people with money isn’t going to do any good. We need almost complete overhaul of the staff before we start pumping in the dough.

          Every f*kin’ fan knows what needs to be done, at least more than the people being paid for the job.

  • Saul Williams

    Ashley ! Take the f*****g money,hand the club over to staveley and f**k off.Enough is enough.ffs

    • Dave Pattinson

      Couldn’t agree more mate. Knowing Fatboy’s greed he’ll hang on as late as he can.

      • Saul Williams

        Surely with his business brain he must realise he must sell now.

        • TheFatController

          You’d think so if it was a normal person, but the fat sad lonely boy is fearing being crushed by the ‘VE Day’-like rejoicing when he’s gone.

          Imagine it was you? How would you feel seeing and hearing the celebrations on tyneside at news a deal had been done and you were being celebrated for being gone? No rhino skin saves anyone from that humiliation …

          • TheFatController

            And anyone saying it’s all about money for him and not ego…if that’s true, what happened to wearing the shirt in the Emirates away end downing a pint …?

            He wasn’t doing that today. When he arrived he thought he’d be loved, money wasn’t even a consideration, it was adoration he thought he was buying.

            He used to buy rounds in the Bigg Market. That’s not happening now is it? Ego ego ego, not money – that’s why he bought us …

    • Wor Lass

      Couldn`t put it better!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i probably could, but i won`t botha

    • Vito Genovese

      Hopefully this is his last attempt to break us. Get out of our club you couldn’t possibly be missed!

    • TheFatController

      I have a CD by Placebo titled:-

      Without You I’m Nothing

      It’s now at the point where Ashley is so addicted to the limelight we’ve given him, selling would make him nobody again, like before he bought us and in his sad little childhood.

      There another song in my iPhone ‘if you still hate me, you’re thinking of me…’

      Those two titles sum his life up…he’s dependent on us to mean something in life. Consequently struggling to let his ‘comfort blanket’ go.

      Any sane person would have taken the cash and been happy. Not sad fat lonely retail boy it seems …

      • Mitros gotta start

        He hasnt got any intention of selling up…..just another smokescreen to get us past another transfer window

        • gallowgate26

          The timing of the ‘new £300m offer’ story last week, just before yet another home defeat was telling!! Probably a lot of BS planted by Penfold and Kieth Bishop.

          • Dillon Tovak

            So true, often “good news” is released on match day.
            People fall hook line and sinker every time.

          • TheFatController

            Remember the ‘cart before the horse and not leaving til I’ve won something’ speech before the West Ham game?

            manipulating positivity where none really exists …

        • TheFatController

          Yes. He’s addicted to fame, we give him fame.

          Plus, who would want to be the sad lonely fat boy in the corner whilst 500k people rejoice with the new Emperor, Ms Staveley.

          He’ll have his money, but with it goes public humiliation on a national scale.

          No wonder he won’t sell, it’s just denying the painful inevitable …

          Dictators usually get forced out, because they hate the humiliation of their removal, being a source of rejoicing. So he won’t sell cheaply. But cheap is all he’ll get and he now knows it. He’s in a huge quandary…

          • gallowgate26

            He already is pathetic. ‘I’m the worlds poorest billionaire’. ‘Watch me leave with my tail between my legs’. ‘Fancy a curry?’

    • gallowgate26

      By the time Mashleys finished with this club, he’ll be selling it for less than £100m in the championship, at a massive personal loss. Guaranteed. Then he can concentrate on f—-ing up Sports Direct full time!!! Genius businessman my ars.

    • Peaky Magpie

      And so say all of us……

  • TheFatController

    Three one goal defeats in a week.

    Makes you wonder if it’d have been identical with the experienced keeper and proven goal scorer that was requested and denied in the summer?

    Guaranteed, they wouldn’t have made the results worse.

    You can’t buy 17th, you can only buy what you need to have strength in key positions …

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      i think it would have been different altogether

    • Kneebotherm8

      Rafa in charge of transfers?……………..another Ashley lie.

  • robbersdog

    This is only a bad result when viewed in the context of the awful run that we’re on. Taken in isolation, it was unlikely that we were ever going to get anything out of an away game at Arsenal, but we played reasonably well and didn’t disgrace ourselves.

    There were plus points from this match which suggest that we can soon get back on track, we might have a new owner sooner rather than later and there’s still a lot of points to play for.

    Keep the faith people – let’s stay united!

    • nufcslf

      Damage is already been done for years under the fatman. New owner only might be the lift needed to save a very broken cause. More likely Cashley will stay and see this completely run into the ground. Joselu 90 mins and SloMo even getting a kick of the mall. Very bleak future ahead.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    No keeper in the world could have saved that shot today

    • Kneebotherm8

      Check out Elliots standing position,if he’d been in the middle of the goal instead of near to his right hand post he’d of had a chance of saving that.
      Aside from that we deserved eff all.

      • joe mac

        behave clown!….it was impossible!

        • Kneebotherm8

          Well out of position you halfwit.

          • thewildchimp

            To be fair, whoever was standing next to him completely blocked him from defending the left side. He should’ve been standing on the line, behind him. Bad positioning from the whole defense. C’est la vie…

  • Martin

    Billy Thomson would have saved it.

  • wheyayeman

    I dont fancy another season in the championship minus Rafa

    • Dillon Tovak

      The gates will be way down next time.

    • gallowgate26

      My season tickets getting cancelled.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Thats the spirit….give fatty your money for the year then dont show up….that will show him!

  • wheyayeman

    Sorry Mike – there aren’t 3 worse teams than us in the Premier League this season. Your £400 million asset will be worth peanuts in 6 months

  • TwinFire

    This is actually an excellent result. Now that we are ‘proper’ relegation candidates in the the bottom three, the odious one will definitely bite their hand off to sell. I was worried it may take till xmas to get in the bottom three to prove to Cashly we are doomed under him again and then its a bit more difficult to get out of it with less games remaining. I mean, HE CAN’T POSSIBLY NOT SELL NOW RIGHT!?!?!?!?!

    • nufcslf

      Well if nothing else at least he will look like the worlds worse owner for all to see. He might not care until it starts to effect his name with every other business he is involved in…and it will eventually. The man is a cancer and you have to hope this is in Stavely’s favour. Not holding my breath sadly enough.

  • molend

    I’m more of a lad with a eye for the silky skills of a shimmying schemer, so I didn’t really appreciate why Rafa wanted a goalie in the summer. I do now though. The deflection before the goal went so high that Elliot had time for a pint and pie before strolling out to claim/punch it. That said, we could have sneaked an undeserved draw, just as we could have nicked the odd point from other games recently. On another subject entirely, given all the talk about our loose canons Shelvey and Mitrovic, how did Kane (again) and Ali stay on the pitch today?

    • Kneebotherm8

      The deflection went so high,Elliot had time to position himself in the centre of the goal,instead he takes a step towards his right hand post,leaving most of the goal wide open,granted it was a great volley by Ozil,but saveable if Elliot had been positioned in the centre of his goal. Experienced new goalkeeper required with Woodman as backup.

      • Alreet

        Problem is darlow might have got to that.

    • StevieB

      We have two second rate keepers mate, it’s been proven this season, between them they’ve cost us a lot of points already . Coutinhos goal and Mahrez goals for starters

  • wheyayeman

    Perhaps the writing may be on the wall this season whether or not money is released. Nobody has a crystal ball but here are some scenarios :

    1. Ashley has now likely left it too late to agree the takeover in time to allow new owners to act.
    2. Even if not and Staveley +co wanted to buy, are they not now terrified by this nosedive in form?
    3. If Ashley stays on we have assurance he won’t give much if anything – Jan is a terrible market, prices are always inflated and we are in an awful position to negotiate.

    There are plenty more scenarios but even the most positive among us must see the dark clouds setting in yet again. Gaaaahhhh get out of our club you TW*T

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    We are Geordies and we don’t give in.

    It’s in our nature,

    • gallowgate26

      We don’t, but our team on the football pitch does, that’s been proven many times over!

      • Mitros gotta start

        And the manager clearly has

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Think about Churchill, in spite of his unquestionable faults how everybody had given us up as carrion to the Nazis. It didn’t turn out like that, did it?

      No surrender.

  • Alreet

    Weve had worse days against arsenal. Bar a worldie volley and a mental deflection at thr other end we might have nicked this one.

    Need to get the guile back in defence. Be as mean as possible. The odd clean sheet even if we get a draw will always help with confidence.

    Even the players know that they dont have the skill level for this league so its not like your asking them to do something they should know.

    Still have faith. Rafa is the man for the job just give him a good 3 to 4 proper players in jan and we will be ok till the summer.

    • thewildchimp

      I agree. He doesn’t seem crafty enough like Klopp to work on peanuts. His tactics are good in theory, but the lads clearly can’t cope on the offense.

      • StevieB

        Like klopp to work on peanuts!!! He’s just spent nearly 50m on oxlade chamberlain in the summer??? Andy Robertson in at wingback as cover for Moreno, And Salah in to put pressure on Sadio Mane and Firmino up top !!!
        That’s a totally different type of pressure to the issues Benitez has mate .

        • thewildchimp

          I meant he’s not crafty enough to work with low budget, crafty like the kinds of Klopp, Cruyff, Guardiola, etc.

          On a side note, Klopp was indeed managing a smaller club like Meinz for 7 years back then until he got an offer from Borussia. Meinz managed to climb and stay into the Bundes Liga the very next year. Before that he helped them promote once, got relegated after a few years and almost bounced back immediately.

          And I’m not saying Rafa is a bad manager. But not changing anything after this kind of run – what is he hoping to achieve?

          • StevieB

            Crafty like Guardiola??? He’s went from Barca, to Bayern to City , at what point did he need to be “crafty” ?? Was it when he had Messi? Or Lewandowski? Or Sergio Aguero ???
            You’re choosing very bad comparison examples in my opinion there like

  • Rev

    So given the choice of stick with Rafa and the current set up, get relegated, try again or do the usual, bring in a new boss hope for the best what everyone vote for then?

    • Mitros gotta start

      New boss…Rafa has no clue how to get us out of this

      • Buck Blacket

        Do you not think you’d be better off watching a different sport maybe? Like Rugby or Netball for instance because you know f**kall about football youth.

      • wheyayeman

        Pipe down you clueless mackem!

        • Mitros gotta start

          Aye…clueless….we went from 6th in october to bottom 3 before xmas….and are the bookies favourites to go down….but you keep burying your head in the sand sunshine.