Newcastle 1 Arsenal 2 – Saturday 15 September 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle going down to their fourth 2-1 defeat of the season.
A decent first half though no end product, followed by a second half where as soon as Arsenal scored, the Magpies had no answer.
“If Rondon, Kenedy and Shelvey are fit enough to be on the bench they are fit enough to start.
“The fact only one of them came on, with only 22 minutes to go (went 2-0 down on 58 minutes) is damning on the manager.”
“Another dismal afternoon.
“This time the narrative of a promising first half in which we were the better team being undone by a sh.. show of a second half after conceding swiftly after half time.
“There’s a real concern that Jamaal Lascelles acts as superglue to the bargain basement misfits in our squad. With him on the field they stick together as a cohesive unit. Remove him, as at half time today, and they dissolve like a wet poppadom.
“If he is continuously injured as well as concerns over Shelvey, Yedlin etc I fear for our season massively.
“If you’re being positive you could argue that the season starts next week after four defeats to big six clubs. It’s hard to feel the positivity right now though.”
“Another shocking game.
“Everything that got us through last season with players giving everything they had for the cause seems to be missing.
“We’re not losing games and thinking how unlucky we were, you have to create chances to score and we’re finding that hard to do (one centre half crossing for another to score aside).
“Long hard season ahead…”
“Decent first half effort completely undone by a lack of commitment, belief, confidence and leadership in the second half.
“Arsenal were poor but won easily in the end despite a late couple of chances.
“Everyone has to improve if we are going to climb the table, including Rafa, who needs all of his experience now more than ever.”
“Mike Ashley cannot have Premier League football on the cheap. This cack handed approach has been completely exposed amid a very tough opening run of fixtures.
“Today there was some head scratching about the starting line up, but what can Rafa do with some of the raw materials at his disposal. Working a miracle cannot last forever.
“It was a terrible second half that did for us. Lascelles goes off and Arsenal cash in.
“Where are the wins going to come from? We’re paupers under this owner.”
“We are in a bad position but now is the time to back the team to the hilt and have faith we can turn this around.
“The fixture list always looked a curse and its now coming back to hurt us badly.
“Only a win will do at Palace for me.”
“Really tough start to the season fixture wise and we are in the long haul for a tough old year.
“Just don’t get enough goals or create enough to think anything else.
“Looking at our line-up before kick off didn’t exactly boost my confidence and pretty certain it wouldn’t have frightened Arsenal, or many others for that matter.
“Desperately need Shelvey back in and Palace away and Leicester at home are effing massive.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Arsenal 2
Newcastle: Clark 90+1
Arsenal: Xhaka 49, Ozil 58
Possession was Arsenal 64% Newcastle 36%
Total shots were Arsenal 12 Newcastle 4
Shots on target were Arsenal 2 Newcastle 2
Corners were Arsenal 4 Newcastle 10
Referee: Lee Probert
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles (Clark 46), Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Muto 79), Diame, Hayden, Murphy (Kenedy 69), Perez, Joselu
Darlow, Manquillo, Rondon, Shelvey
Crowd: 52,165 (3,200 Arsenal approx)