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Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat

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Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 27 November 12.30pm

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

Newcastle keeping it tight first half and could have led at the break, only for Arsenal’s quality and NUFC weaknesses to be exposed after the break.

Ben Cooper:

“A stroll in the park for Arsenal ended in a regulation 2-0 win for the Gunners and nothing but more head-shaking for an uninspiring United.

“The return of Dubravka and 4-4-2 made United look more organised and it took Arsenal almost an hour to score but that is little consolation given that Auba missed a first half sitter and Arsenal weren’t very good.

“It might have been different had NUFC shown any interest or ability in attack but there was none.

“There was a bit of hard work but apart from that nothing to suggest we could beat Norwich and Burnley.

“It was pitiful in attack frankly but it usually is against Arsenal so that was nothing new. Much more will be required on Tuesday.”

Brian Standen:

“Predictable but with a bit of promise.

“Another day another ref and you potentially get 3 penalties but result not really in doubt.

“Next two games are must win, simple as that.”

Jamie Smith:

“An unpleasant weekend to follow as we see how bad things get for our perilous position while everyone else plays.

“It seems highly unlikely we’ll be able to arrest this slide enough to be in the Premier League next year.

“To stand any chance of that we need 6 points from this week’s 2 home games.

“I feel the suspension of Ritchie may help with that as we need a proper defender at left back, Saka destroyed him today.

“The Emirates is not a place you expect to go and get something, so need to keep a bit of perspective.

“However, when you’re rock bottom and can’t buy a win, another surrender feels like slipping further into the quicksand.”


“My comment on this, is that if VAR and the officials are determined to relegate us on their own, then why not just cancel all of our games and save us the petrol money.

“The game itself was just like the other ten that have gone before it at this place – one way traffic with us feeding off scraps.

“The only positive for me is the pair that will now miss our next game, not that they played well, but the fact they will miss the next game.”

Dave Punton:

“Guess what…the search for a win goes on and on!

“Okay, so it was a big ask to win at Arsenal, but the result leaves the club 0 wins in 13.

“Has any team stayed up with such a record?

“We had our moments and there was penalty controversy.

“But this is what you get for sitting back.

“Next two game are cup finals.

“An acceptance of our fate could be close.”

Paul Patterson:

“Right, it’s high time we play our best defence.

“I don’t care what the situation is with Fernandez, Lewis and Manquillo, but we can’t persist with Krafth, Ritchie and Murphy in the back line.”

Nat Seaton:

“When Arsenal upped the tempo we had no answer.

“The reality is that’s the team that we have at the present time.

“Tuesday is massive

“We have to take the 3 points form Norwich and then follow it up with 3 against Burnley.

“There are 7 games still to be played before the transfer window opens…”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 27 November 12.30pm



Saka 56, Martinelli 66


(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Arsenal 66% (79%) Newcastle 34% (21%)

Total shots were Arsenal 24 (12)  Newcastle 9 (4)

Shots on target were Arsenal 6 (2) Newcastle 5 (2)

Corners were Arsenal 4 (1) Newcastle 4 (2)

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Crowd: 59,886 (Newcastle 3,000)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Fraser, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Ritchie (Almiron 67), Shelvey (Hayden 89), Willock, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton (Murphy 67), Wilson

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hendrick, Lewis, Manquillo, Clark, Longstaff


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