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Newcastle 0 Arsenal Reserves 2 – Total capitulation from Steve Bruce

6 months ago
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We are used to seeing some embarrassing stuff from Steve Bruce but this Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 match…was amongst the very worst.

Yes we didn’t get beat by three or four, or worse…but it could and should have been.

However, the total failure and unwillingness to compete in this match, was completely unacceptable.

Matches like this I really really wish the fans had been there to tell Steve Bruce what they think.

The NUFC Head Coach so so lucky that due to the virus impact, no Newcastle supporters have been present during these past 15 months.

This was an Arsenal side who were eleventh in the Premier League.

As a club, Arsenal having zero interest in what happens in the league these remaining games.

An Arsenal set-up that only has focus on the Europa League, the only thing that now matters for them.

Mikel Arteta playing an Arsenal reserves side with eight changes from the side that lost 2-1 against Villarreal on Thursday.

Arsenal with only one win in their last five Premier League matches and that against Sheffield United.

A game where Steve Bruce had to go on the attack, get at Arsenal from the first whistle, hassle them, get them on the back foot.

Yet instead it was the exact opposite, Steve Bruce’s inherent cluelessness and negativity meaning that Newcastle sat so deep, didn’t press, let Arsenal totally dominate the first half, then the second half ended up even worse!

Arsenal had more possession, more shots on target, more corners and an embarrassing 19 shots in total (on and off target) to Newcastle’s five.

One effort on target for Newcastle United in the whole game.

Yet Steve Bruce stood there like a total dummy the whole match, without a clue how to change things.

As always, any rare moments of positivity this season have come despite Steve Bruce, when individual play from the likes of ASM or Callum Wilson have produced something on instinct, not through any cunning plan from this Head Coach who is hopelessly out of his depth.

Fulham look to be ensuring Newcastle United stay up and if that is so, NUFC’s survival will have purely been down to how poor they, West Brom and Sheffield United have been.

Today at St James Park was total capitulation from Steve Bruce.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 – Sunday 2 May 2pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Schar red card 90

Arsenal:

Elneny 5, Aubameyang 66

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Arsenal 62% (61%) Newcastle 38% (39%)

Total shots were Arsenal 19 (13)  Newcastle 5 (3)

Shots on target were Arsenal 5 (3) Newcastle 1 (1)

Corners were Arsenal 7 (4) Newcastle 3 (2)

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Murphy, Fernandez (Schar 72), Clark (Gayle 84), Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Almiron (Joelinton 73), Wilson, Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Mark Gillespie, Emil Krafth, Jamal Lewis, Matty Longstaff, Jeff Hendrick, Elliot Anderson

Crowd: 00,000

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