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Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 – Rafa’s team outclassed but not disgraced

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Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 – Monday 1 April 2019

Arsenal made it 10 Premier League home games in a row.

Whilst for Newcastle fans, of PL games moved to Monday night for live TV it was 13 away matches in a row. Only one of NUFC’s last 18 Monday live TV games in the Premier League played at St James Park.

Nothing fair about that as Newcastle fans head back north but no complaints about the result.

In truth it could have been a lot worse as the Gunners were dominant and had two or three disallowed that on another night could have been given.

Newcastle never gave up though and Jamaal Lascelles did his best to hold things together as whilst it was only one in it, you always hope for that one chance. A shame that the captain was at fault when the second goal clinched it, too slow to turn and Lacazette lobbing Dubravka.

Matt Ritchie had kept Newcastle in it with a block on the line on the stroke of half-time with Dubravka beaten.

The first half saw Newcastle’s best two chances fall to Salomon Rondon but they maybe sum up how he is a very good striker but not a very good instinctive goalscorer.

A long ball cut the defence open but he allowed it to run through and the keeper grabbed it, where if he’d got it under control he’d  have had a golden chance.

The other was a very good chance, played in on left side of the box, Rondon should have shot across the keeper but instead elected for near post and it was turned away for a Newcastle corner.

The options of the two sides summed up when Arsenal’s three subs (Elneny, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan cost over £100m between them).

Maybe Rafa Benitez did go for a bit of damage limitation here up to a point but with Arsenal’s attacking threat it was a tough evening. Having said that, Newcastle did get forward in numbers at times but lacked the creativity to open up Arsenal and the composure to keep the ball at times.

A bit of a surprise that Shelvey didn’t get a chance.

Palace on Saturday will hopefully see Newcastle back on the front foot.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Arsenal:

Ramsey 30, Lacazette 83

Possession was Arsenal 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3

Shots on target were Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1

Corners were Arsenal 6 Newcastle 2

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Dummett, Lejeune, Ritchie (Kenedy 75), Hayden (Ki 67), Diame, Almiron, Perez (Muto 77), Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Shelvey, Fernandez

Crowd: 59,869 (though obviously nowhere near that in the stadium with thousands and thousands of empty seats)

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