HT: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Hanging On


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The Newcastle manager caused a surprise by playing Shola Ameobi up front with Martins and Milner in a 4-3-3 formation. As expected Faye started in midfield for the first time for Newcastle United.

Teams:

Arsenal: Fabianski, Eboue, Hoyte, Senderos, Traore, Denilson, Diarra, Song, Bendtner, Eduardo, Walcott

Subs: Mannone, Gavin Hoyte, Perez, Diaby, Lansbury

Newcastle United: Given, Beye, Taylor, Rozehnal, Enrique, Milner, Faye, Ameobi, N’Zogbia, Martins, Smith

Subs: Forster, Edgar, Butt, Emre, Geremi

Referee: Howard Webb

Newcastle started in an attacking 4-3-3 formation and the game got off to a fast start with both teams willing to attack each other.

After 10 minutes Newcastle had a wonderful chance to go ahead as Enrique sent in a powerful cross and Martins eluded Senderos rather easily to put in a powerful header, that forced Fabianski made a wonderful save.

Then after 16 minutes Arsenal had an even better chance when Bendtner sent in a powerful header from another excellent cross which flashed over the crossbar when he really should have scored.

James Milner was not his usual self, when after 20 minutes he gave the ball away twice within a couple of minutes. The game was end to end with both sides producing an end to end attacking game in front of a full house at the Emirates Stadium. After 25 minutes there was a half chance for Arsenal when a cross came over from Eboue and Beye challenged Eduardo as the Arsenal youngster slid in but the ball went by the post for a goal kick.

After 25 minutes the Arsenal youngsters were hitting their stride and putting pressure on the Newcastle defense. Newcastle’s defense were being put under pressure as Arsenal were attacking in style and playing some terrific flowing football. After 30 minutes Martins had a good chance but Oba lashed the ball wide when some calmness surely would have ensured a goal. It was Milner who hit a beautiful ball over the top for Martins. Oba needs to gain more composure when these chances present themselves.

After 38 minutes, following a free kick for a foul on Eboue, Walcott sent a shot over the crossbar but he had too much time to shoot. The Newcastle defense is being stretched but they are holding out well. Shola Ameoi is playing out wide on the left but is looking out of place and his confidence is not high.

There is some hope for Newcastle as Senderos has made one or two errors in central defense that Arsenal have not been punished for. Newcastle must think they have a chance if they can get Martins one on one with Senderos exposed. Seems like most of the Arsenal players are teenagers – but their age bears no resemblance at all to their skill as they continue to play excellent football.

The half time whistle comes and everyone is surprised as the game has been enthralling and passed so quickly. An excellent game to watch but Arsenal are the better team – but it’s still 0-0 and Newcastle are still in with a chance.

This is a chance for perhaps Emre to come on in the second half for Newcastle – because the game is pure football and Emre can play in this kind of game. His creativity could open a few chances for the black and whites.

However, it doesn’t look like 4-3-3 is doing Newcastle any favors as Arsenal is playing at a tremendous pace and it’s really hard for the middle 3. As half-time approaches Beye seems heavy legged as he seems to be suffering from the speed of the Premiership. The game is completely open and being played at a frantic pace by the young Gunners.

Where does Wenger find these players?



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88 comments so far

  • lew Davies

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #1

    This one could go to penalties!
    Rozenhal playing well:D
    Whats Ameobi doing?

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  • toonfan1

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #2

    put simthy up front an take off ameobi and put on emre!!! we need a bit more creativity in the attcking thirds

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  • toonfan1

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #3

    third*

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  • toonfan1

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #4

    smithy* third*

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Ameobi is on the left wing – and looks out of sorts – I think Sam needs to bring some subs on. Beye is looking knackered at half time – we only have young Edgar for defense.

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  • dopaz

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #6

    agree, 4 4 2 , ameobi off emre on push smith up……

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Arsenal unfortunately are playing as well as they did on Saturday – but this is a completely different team – they seem unbelievable.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Games about to start again – let’s hope we can do it. At least we’ve been solid.

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  • phoonck

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #9

    ED, is the match being shown live? where did u get the facts on the match? live streaming or live commentary?

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  • Tripp

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #10

    phoonck, the games on the radio. It’s not televised as far as I can tell.

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  • phoonck

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #11

    thanx, TRIPP.. but is there live radio commentary on the web?

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  • Sinead

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Arsenal are harrasing the Newcastle goal, Given did well to get down. Still very lucky to be 0-0 it seems like just a matter of time before they score.

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  • Ashton

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Emre repalces Shola Ameobi

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Well finally Shola is off and Emre on yeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy

    GOOOO TURKISH MARADONA!!!!!!

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  • Danger Mouse

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #15

    I am listening on nufc.co.uk well worth the subscription

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Milners off for Butt, interesting.

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  • Sinead

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #17

    What a stop by Given that was too close. Eboue who’s causing all sorts of problems has gone off for Diaby.

    Emre replaces Ameobi.

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  • Ashton

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #18

    so we are playing 442 now

    ————————– given
    beye ——- taylor ——— rozehnal ——– enrique
    milner ——- faye ——– emre ———– n’zogbia
    ————- smith ———- martins

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Zog moves forward in a 4-3-3

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  • phoonck

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #20
  • phoonck

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #21

    75 mins

    The game is getting very stretched. Half chances are starting to appear at both ends.

    73 mins

    SHOT – Bendtner goes for the delicate approach. He tries curling the ball around Given but it goes high and wide.

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  • CUMMONT00nZ

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #22

    lol well worth the subscription listen on radio5 live for free.

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  • Graham

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #23

    anyone for penalties???

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #24

    right now i’m hoping we make it there.

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  • phoonck

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #25

    80 mins

    Newcastle have a free-kick in a dagerous place and…..

    79 mins

    SHOT – The front pair of Bendtner and Eduardo have made life difficult for the Newcastle defence all night and nearly combine for the opening goal. Fabulous one touch football but the Croatia international’s shot trickles just wide

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #26

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa bollox 🙁

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  • phoonck

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #27

    81 mins

    …Diaby intercepts Emre’s effort at the near post

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  • Sinead

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Butt’s replced Milner.

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  • Andy H

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #29

    1-0 Arsenal.

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  • Ivan

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #30

    oh no!

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  • AlexW

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #31

    🙁 boooooooohoooooo :'(

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  • Ivan

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #32

    omg
    martins should have scored

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  • milner fan

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #33

    1-0 arsenal! Sh*t

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #34

    damn it OBA missed a sitter again

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  • phoonck

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #35

    84 mins Goal

    GOAL – Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: Traore plays the perfect cross right onto Bendtner’s head. The striker directs the header home in confident fashion. The Gunners deserve the lead.

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  • w2

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #36

    theory of maradona anyone.. u expect the guy to go left and right he goes thru in a straight line beating 5 defenders. manage ur own players expectations play like normal these youngsters wont stand a chance.

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #37

    i’m getting annoyed with oba……….twice he’s done it now, missing an empty net 🙁

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  • Ant

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #38

    keep us updated guys im mighty pissed i couldn’t watch this game.

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  • phoonck

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #39

    85 mins

    CHANCE – Martins is clear through and rounds Fabianski. He looks certain to score but Senderos is on hand to slide in and clear the ball away. Excellent defending from the captain.

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  • Murvar

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Let’s face it, Oba’s a bit of a clown. If he has time to think he gets it wrong. If he can be instinctive, he does better. At this rate his strike rate will be worse than Malcolm Macdonald’s – the 2 most overrated players to wear the black and white in my view – and now it’s 2 0

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