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Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s defeat

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Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1  – Sunday 11 August 2pm

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

Newcastle going down to an opening day defeat.

A poor first half descended into chaos once Steve Bruce started making substitutions and tactical changes, half the team looking to have no idea as to what they were supposed to be doing.

Paul Patterson:

“Decent performance in the first half, faded in the second.

“Didn’t get the sub from Bruce and it cost us.

“We WILL beat some of the wheat and chaff at the bottom of the league this season but it’s still a long road to 35+ points.

“We’ll know more after five or six games…”

Jonathan Drape-Comyn:

“Tactical masterclass from Steve Bruce last 20 minutes.

“3 at the back, one player kind of right wing back, 1 in the middle, 2 on the left wing, Ritchie playing wherever he fancies, Almiron playing wherever he fancies and Joelinton kind of ish upfront.

“I for one can’t understand how he has gone his whole managerial career winning fu.. all…

“Also, not many empty seats there today. Lots of fans should be ashamed of themselves in my personal opinion.”

Ben Cooper:

“Any optimism after an even and interesting first half quickly disappeared as we lost our midfield, a goal, our shape and all hope.

“It wasn’t that much different to last season.

“My only real disappointment is that as soon as Arsenal scored a very poor goal from an nufc point of view, at best we offered nothing, at worst we gave up.

“Almiron looked lively if a bit headless, everyone else needs to do a lot better than that.”

David Punton:

“An official attendance of 47,000 (less season ticket holders boycotting) at St James Park today.

“So much for ‘If Rafa goes we go’.

“The planned boycott of the game has failed miserably.

“People want their day out at the football and a pint too much.

“I’d assume Mr Ashley will be delighted with the attendance figure today given what he’s done this summer.

“Maybe the late slew of player recruitment swayed a few people – and not everyone is on social media either.

“The club is now into the Steve Bruce era and that has started with a disappointing defeat.

“Bruce will be judged on results and he’s off to a bad start.”

Lewis Jones:

“A golden chance of an opening day three points thrown away.

“A combination of a chaotic summer and poor guidance and direction from Steve Bruce, leaving Newcastle looking a little clueless.

“Arsenal came with a much weakened team and were there to be beaten in my opinion.

“Once they get their players on the pitch the Gunners could be a very decent team but that wasn’t what Newcastle faced today.

“Almiron looked lively and the same with ASM when he came on but with Bruce’s second half changes leaving the team in disarray, Newcastle never looked like getting  back into the match after gifting the goal.”

Nat Seaton:

“Started not too bad but it went downhill from there…

“Disappointing second half performance and a really poor goal to give away.

“We didn’t pose much of a threat, a pretty average Arsenal team did what they had to to get the 3 points.

“Hope it’s going to get better than this!!!”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0  Arsenal 1 – Sunday 11 August 2pm

Goals:

Arsenal:

Aubameyang 58

Possession was Arsenal 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were Arsenal 8 Newcastle 9

Shots on target were Arsenal 2 Newcastle 2

Corners were Arsenal 3 Newcastle 5

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle team v Arsenal:

Dubravka, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Manquillo, Hayden, Shelvey (Willems 54), Longstaff (Saint-Maximin 67), Ritchie, Almiron, Joelinton

Unused Subs

Darlow, Clark, Fernandez, Krafth, Muto

Crowd: 47, 635 (3,200 Arsenal) – There looked to be approximately 43,000/44,000 actually inside St James Park as some season ticket holders joined today’s boycott.

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