HT: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Attack Gunners


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In a game we half expected it’s end to end stuff at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, with Newcastle pushing Arsenal all the way in the first half of their 4th round FA Cup this afternoon.


The Newcastle team looks completely different from the team Sam Allardyce had just a couple of weeks ago, and Newcastle have been unlucky not to take the lead in the first half.

Newcastle have played some great attacking football in the first half and the traveling Toon Army of about 6,000 are singing Keegan’s name, as the team looks like his old Newcastle Entertainers team. They continually are attacking Arsenal, in an end to end game, to the surprise of many.

Smith and Owen have both had chances to put Newcastle ahead but the ball is not going in the net this afternoon. Charles N’Zogbia is having a good game in midfield and the Magpies seem to be combining well, after a full week’s training with Keegan and his staff.

The game has been end to end and the winners of this are the fans in a packed full Emirates stadium of 60,000 – this is how the game was meant to be played.

Eduardo, who had come on for Rosicky nearly beat Given at his near post after 23 minutes, but Given just turned the ball behind for a corner. Fabregas took the resulting corner but Taylor headed well clear.

After 30- minutes Steven Taylor beat the offside trap and was one-on-one with Lehmann as the ball was header over Lehman but also over the crossbar as the ball lands on the top of the net – a great chance missed by Newcastle.

Towards the end of the half Newcastle were all over Arsenal in their half of the field – but then just before the break Shay Given pulled off a tremendous finger-tip save to divert Abou Diaby’s dipping 25-yard strike over the crossbar. Newcastle looked a little dodgy from the resulting corner from Fabregas, but clear their lines just before half time.

That was notice from the Arsenal side that they are still in this game, but the half time whistle blows with the scores still level at 0-0.

TEAMS

Arsenal: Manuel Almunia, Abou Diaby, Cesc Fabregas, Philippe Senderos, Tomas Rosicky, William Gallas (c), Msthieu Flamini, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, Justin Hoyte, Theo Walcott
Subs: Eduardo, Alexander Hleb, Gilberto, Lukasz Fabianski, Nicklas Bendtner

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Damien Duff, Michael Owen (c), Alan Smith
Subs: Steve Harper, David Rozehnal, Kazenga LuaLua, David Edgar, Andy Carroll

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Attendance: tbc

The second half should be a lively 45 minutes – and that’s probably a huge understatement.


63 comments so far

  • shirts

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #1

    beeb’s reporting Woodgate’s “poised to sign”.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/7208601.stm

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  • smc894

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Tottenham have had a bid accepted too, so its up to him. Hopefully though.

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  • Pete

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3

    He shud come to us, he will wanna stay up north im sure

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  • Far East

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #4

    is nigel pearson still the ass manager? or is terry mcdermott the current acting ass manager?

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  • kelvin

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    it’s been a good half so far, we’ve had a few decent chances and could have easily gone ahead with smith’s shot. we’ve had to endure a bit of pressure near the end but we did well. i’m pleasantly surprised with carr’s performance, he’s been solid so far and did well to come across when walcott was through.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #6

    apparently the Woodgate has signed- source sounds ropey though. ‘My mate in a pub just got texted with the info!’

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  • t-g-w

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #7

    NOOOOOO!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh dear

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  • Kevin

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #9

    not good. cacapa and tayls made a mess of that

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  • Matt Lacey

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #10

    We can still get something out of this game I reckon. Just one goal!

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  • Kevin

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #11

    a good keegan team will respond to this situation!!

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  • t-g-w

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh and the Woodgate deal is on the BBC website so looks like it just needs to be confirmed!

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  • Robert from Serbia

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    here we go again….

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  • yongMalaysia

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #14

    poor def by taylor 1-0

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  • Pete

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    we are getting destroyed now….and nzogbia is unseen! panic defending….

    Hope we pick up

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  • anti-bbs

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #16

    all the the team is good for in the attacking half is asking for the hand ball!

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  • anti-barton

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #17

    well, if everything else fails – just ask for the handball.

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  • Eve

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #18

    That’s all right lads come on, it’s only one, go at them again.

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  • yongMalaysia

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #19

    wish we wil win 1-2

    lua-lua sub for zog, zog seen unuseful at mid today…
    or sub for butt, poor passing…

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  • yongMalaysia

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #20

    zog dreaming at center mid, cacapa play good def today

    come on, score plzzz

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  • Pete

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #21

    rozenhal for butt!!! hopefully

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  • Mike

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Where is Emre guys? Injured again?

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  • tommyy

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #23

    noo suspended.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Great LuaLua

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #25

    A little too late, need 5 minutes to warm up, only leaving last 5 to make any sort of impact. Should have been on 20 minutes to go really.

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  • Mike

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #26

    shit, I like Emre, he plays hard and is one of our more creative midfielder…which really isn’t saying much…

    Oh well at least we looked to get Woodgate…makes me wonder what we’ll do with all the DC that Pig Sam Brought in

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  • AlexW

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #27

    f***in hell

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  • Andy1

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #28

    2 nil.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Blatant block but nvm, another chance on Tuesday.

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Rozy was completely sold at LB, Given had no defence in front of him

    Didn’t deserve that either, 3-0 not a fair relection on the overall game

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  • Pete

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #31

    meh, dissapointed with second half performance.

    taylor shudda stopped that, weak from him.

    Butt hasnt even existed, terrible player.

    Sigh, hope we destroy them at home. Get the fans on the back of arsenal

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  • Jinal

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #32

    2-0 isn’t that bad. Hopefully we can slot in Woody at the back before tuesday

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  • matthewjai

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #33

    don’t know what is zog doing……

    i miss emre..

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  • Eve

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Steve_48, Given, had no defense in front of him..for a change you mean, he most be pissed, plays a bloody good game and his work is yet again undone by sloppy defending or and the lack of defending.

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  • Howie

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #35

    taylor isnt all thats cracked up to be yet. adebayor is brilliant though. a younger and better drogba.

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  • matthewjai

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #36

    butt..what the hell

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  • Andy1

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Butt own goal. Sell him now.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #38

    lol

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  • Howie

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #39

    haha sums up butts day. rozenhal better option there at the moment while fayes away

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  • Pete

    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #40

    i stand corrected, butt has been heard of, nice own goal butt, you idiot.

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