HT: Arsenal 1 Newcastle United 0


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Newcastle United have tried to contain a very good Arsenal side, but as Arsenal increased the pressure throughout the first half, Adebayor finally put the Londoners ahead, with a fine header from 6 yards out following a breakaway and cross from Fabregas.

Newcastle had N’Zogbia at left back and Rozehnal playing in front of the back four, and every time Arsenal got the ball the Newcastle players were getting behind the ball.

Newcastle played solidly and the defense were playing well with the back four all solid. Arsenal have had the most possession and have so far controlled the game.

After 26 minutes Shay Given had a narrow escape, when he back-heeled the ball for a corner, when he was under challenge from Adebayor, but the ball could so easily have been put in his own net.

Then after 30 minutes a wonderful interception from Stephen Carr saved the Geordies as Stephen cleared the ball for a corner on the penalty spot, with Arsenal players challenging.

Then a beautiful tackle by the Zog on Adebayor saved the day and N’Zogbia cleared the ball nicely. But as the half went on Arsenal were turning the screw with more and more possession, and the inevitable goal came after 40 minutes. And it was that man Adebayor yet again.

Following a breakaway, Fabregas scampered down the right wing, and then put in a beautiful cross which had Adebayor easily heading past Given with Carr challenging.

To be fair it was a deserved goal, but now lots of questions will be asked of Newcastle who have scored just a single goal in the last 495 minutes of Premier League football.

On attack Newcastle have had few chances, although they have almost broken the offside trap several times, and once Milner was at least level when he broke through and was flagged for off-side.

But the linesman never give it when it’s level – and they had far better change the rule back to what it was.

It will be very difficult now for Newcastle to get anything out of this game.


140 comments so far

  • brad

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #1

    we will win 2-1

    i hope

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  • briss

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #2

    we need a GOAL! plain and simple that will change things

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #3

    One more stupid back pass to Given and so help me God. The passing in general is poor tonight.

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  • James

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #4

    For those not watching :

    Rozenhal, and Smith have been awful. Duff is really struggling with the pace. Nzogbia keeps staying in midfield and leaving left back empty the whole time. So Arsenal are continuing to attack us down that side. If I was Keegan I would kick Nzogbia in the nuts or put Edgar in there.

    On the bright side:

    Owen and Taylor have been excellent. With the right pass Owen could have scored at least twice. His movement off the ball is simply superb. Taylor has kept Arsenal at bay on his own for most of the game. One of the best games I’ve ever seen him play for Newcastle.

    In terms of quality Arsenal have been terrific. But Newcastle have a game plan of playing the offside trap and trying to catch them with the quick ball over the top to Owen.

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  • Taiwan Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #5

    I thought Milner should have shoot rather than crossing. There are 2-3 Arsenal players on the crossing route. and after all, his crossing is just crap…and he has a good luck with shooting imo. Quite a few goals he had scored were deflected goals.

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  • brad

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #6

    we hated BS long ball tatic but if we cant get a basic passing tatic right wot are we ment to do

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  • ArseNole

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Actually the cross was from Flamini. I’m an Arsenal fan but speaking strictly in terms of this match I’d say that Smith is really bringing nothing to the game for Newcastle. N’Zogbia maybe should move up instead of Duff. Not sure what other options you have at left back but he is not meant to play there.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #8

    can duf be any slower

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  • CJ

    Jan 29, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #9

    that’s why Smith should’nt be playing that was a proper sitter. But it was agreat tackle

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  • briss

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Carr has played well so far. here comes barton

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #11

    lol Barton 🙂

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  • Andy1

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #12

    brad’s right –

    Long ball isn’t a tactic it’s just the result of having crap players.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #13

    cmon Barton, roz off please!

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Bartons on, hopefuly this can change things. WE NEEEEEEEEED TO SCORE! Things need to happen in the summer, we have no fire power 🙁

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Rozenhal off..thank God..Barton on..Yay.

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  • Griff

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Is barton running arund with a tag on his ankle :D:D:D:D????

    But seriously, he will pass better than Rozenshite

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Smith fgs lol

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #18

    fk sake hes level so many times!

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  • Andy1

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Rozehnal should have never been playing there anyway. He is a shit defender so why would he be any good in midfield

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #20

    You know, I know we’re 1-0 down but all in all, meh, Given’s only had to make 1 or 2 saves. Which isn’t that bad, considering it’s against Arsenal.

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  • Johann

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Eve let´s get something straight. That was a normal backpass nothing else.

    And yea it was Flamini´s cross, one of arsenal best player in my opinion this season. Fantastic and finally got to play in his position. Arsene just saw it two years too late how good he is!

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  • trojan

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #22

    griff – nope its not a tag its soap on a rope … he`s still scared to drop it …..

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Johann what for the love of God are you on about now. Even though I could probably guess, you only ever come on for one thing.

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  • ToonUSA

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #24

    millner off Lua lua on

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #25

    wow we strung some passes together 🙂

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #26

    LOL..my screened paused for a second, it showed Given stretching for the ball, some frightful wee seconds there. Good save though.

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  • Hammy

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #27

    We are playing o.k considering who we have on the pitch, you can’t make a silk purse out of a pigs ear……

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Ah balls!!
    2-0.

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Classy classy goal though.

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  • Andy1

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #30

    2-0 boo!

    What a load of shit!

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  • Hammy

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Shit…Shola’s coming on…..

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Well, thats us fooked, no way back now, if the mackems win, they will be 3 points behind us, im worried

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #33

    It was a wee beauty though. If you’re going to be beaten, you want it to be from goals like that. Well that’s just me.

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  • Hammy

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #34

    What game you watching?????

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  • Howie

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #35

    make no mistake we are in a relegation fight. massive game against boro at weekend

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #36

    we’re going down down down, du du.

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  • matthewjai

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #37

    what the hell is wrong with the referees
    they are onside..

    2-0 now..finally i can go to sleep now

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  • Eve

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Trying to change the mood..failing miserably.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #39

    panic buy and do it now, get some fookin creativity!

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  • Bert Shaft

    Jan 29, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #40

    All we are saying is give us a goal… you useless gits

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