Newcastle put in an excellent defensive display last night against a young second string Arsenal side, especially in the first half. At half time the game was well balanced and it was hard to predict who would emerge the winner on the night.
But at half time Wenger must have given the youngsters a blast at half time because they came out in the second half and raised their game to another level. And finally the dogged perseverance of Newcastle was worn down and the patient Arsenal youngsters finally got their goals in the last 7 minutes.
Habib Beye – looked out of steam at half time – but persevered well
As witnessed via the many comments on our web-site last night, this was a hard defeat to take for many of our fans. It was the best chance of winning something this season and that’s one reason for the disappointment. Another one was the indignity of being beaten by a bunch of teenagers. But that’s a disservice to these Arsenal whiz kids, as other teams will soon find out.
And that’s not being fair either to this Newcastle side who looked a tough team on the night and maybe they could have held out to get to extra time with a little bit more luck. For sure, Oba Martins missed 3 golden opportunities and we all know goals change games.
But it wasn’t to be on the night so now what?
Surprising as it may seem we were proud of the lads last night as they battled through attack after attack from this brilliant Arsenal side. The team will only be that much better after this experience. Beye looked knackered at half time but he hung in there and made some great tackles and interceptions and showed real guts and character in the second half. The same can be said of the all of Newcastle’s defense. It was good to see young Enrique get a full game and there was a lot to like about his performance last night.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and Big Sam warned that Newcastle fans will have to be patient this season and he’s so right. There will be misfortunes like last night but there’ll be more good times ahead, we feel certain of that. What should we all do after last night?
Admit that Wenger is a special guy who has a great talent for spotting young players with unbelievable skill and that’s what he had on display last night. A similarly youthful team demolished Liverpool 6-3 last season in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup – at Liverpool – and more teams will be taken apart by Arsene’s youngsters in the future.
The lads can learn from this and will – so what’s our next goal?
Recuperate, learn from last night â€“ but be ready to have all guns blazing in the early afternoon on Saturday against Manchester City â€“ at the City of Manchester stadium. It will be amazing how a win on Saturday will help us forget this game that much more quickly.
Keep the faith.