Observations on Arsenal Newcastle Game


Newcastle were never in this game, from the time Arsenal started it like a steam train, and Newcastle just couldn’t get the ball in the first half, and looked to be overwhelmed at times.

  • On the positive side of things this game showed how much we are behind the top four teams, and we are nowhere near them. That may help Ashley start to move for the players in the next 40 hours or so of the transfer window. Please do!
  • We refuse to over react too much to this result, because Arsenal were at their best and not many team would have come away with anything yesterday. And that goes for the top four. However, if this had been Aston Villa, Everton, Tottenham or another team fighting for position beneath the top four, we would be worried.
  • Difficult game for Michael Owen to come back, but he still looked sharp and could have had two goals in the first half. One when he was ready to tap the ball in and Shola somehow managed to get completely in his way and the chance was lost. And then a looping header just before half time was well saved by Almunia.
  • Shola Ameobi again showed he seems all washed up and just not good enough to be in this Newcastle side – and he did Newcastle no favors by his display, because it will be more difficult to sell him, while he’s just not performing.
    How come he failed a medical at Ipswich yet played a full 90 minutes yesterday? Interesting.
  • We did have some good performances with Shay Given once again brilliant in goal. Shay has got over his nightmare two seasons, and is playing as well as ever – if he keeps this form up he’ll win the Premier League best goalkeeper award – for the 3rd time.
    Poor Steven Harper – so close yet so far, for the local lad completely dedicated to the Newcastle cause.
  • Coloccini kept the defense together, especially in the first frantic 20 minutes, and if this player can play every game for Newcastle this season, as he did for Deportivo last season, our defense will be a lot better than last season – a great signing by Kevin.
  • Jonas Gutierrez also had another good game and worked his proverbial socks off, both on attack and defense. Think my son Neil could be right when he says Jonas will become a Newcastle legend.
  • We think in two years Newcastle will be a lot better and hopefully it will be a toss-up between Arsenal and Newcastle, as to which team plays the best football to watch. But yesterday Arsenal; didn’t just play good football they destroyed Newcastle – let’s at least be honest about it.
  • And wasn’t the TV commentary just ridiculous. It was Arsenal this, and Arsenal that, and look at Arsenal do this, and see how Newcastle aren’t as good when they do that.
    Yes, Arsenal are a good side, but their name precedes them too much – and quite honestly if it has been 1-0 at half time, Newcastle were still in with a chance.
    The commentary, especially from the support guy, was just too biased towards the London side.
    Well isn’t that a surprise.
  • But we’ll get our points from the other 15 teams outside the top 4. And the next game is in a couple of weeks against Hull City, at home, and they were hammered at home 5-0 by Wigan yesterday.
    If we don’t get 3 points in that game then we should be worried, very worried.

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197 comments so far

  • scottish mag

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    ed u didnt really need to write an article on this u could of just got the biggest size writing u could put in bold and inderline the word SH*T

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Scottish Mag – I have to say that’s very very close to the truth. 😀

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  • dougnufc

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    WE NEED SIGNINGS!

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    ed where is your article about the commentry

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  • su4

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #5

    get some top quality signings!!! lack creativity and the bite in the midfield… need a intelligent striker that can play owen… amoebi is poor… quality wing backs needed too!!!

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  • RobB

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    We WERE poor, but I think Arsenal were fantastic and we just didn’t have the confidence to get in their faces – that’s always the way to play Arsenal. We also allowed them to be fantastic.

    I wish I had your confidence that we’ll be good in a couple of years. I remember saying the same thing when Sir Bobby brought in a lot of talented young players and in the end their arrogance defeated them – not did they live up to their opinion of themselves. ( I still carry the scars).

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  • reagen smash

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    setanta = poor mans itv.

    reagen smash

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    beyethegreat – whoops I meant to put it in here – have inserted another bullet in this article.

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    good point rob sir bobby did well to finish where we did with the players we had you will notice not one have gone on to play for a realy big club

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  • clinta

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    The result yesterday definately showed that there’s still a long way between us and them (the top 4) and it seems we haven’t really moved forward as much as we would like to think?

    It also stresses the need for a bigger and overall better squad, and with a couple weeks before hull some to visit we should get some of our wounded back in and (alot-4) new signings.

    afetr that game well have a better chance to evaluate were we stand i think, not too worried we are moving in the right direction that being forward for a change, even if it’s a little slower than us faithful would like.

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    k ed

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  • robertsa

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #12

    nzogbia is crap player.

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  • Michael

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    5 people have voted Ameobi as man of the match for yesterday.
    Glad to see some people still have a sense of humour.

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  • Dev

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Ameobi should be put down

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    I RECKON WE SHOULD PARTNER MIKE ASHLEY WITH OWEN. CAN’T BE ANY WORST THAN AMEOBI BECAUSE YOU WOULD HAVE TO NOT BE THERE.

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  • reagen smash

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    singing by arsenal was ok, away fans were ok not the best away atmosphere i have heard

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  • clinta

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Commentary over here in China was fine lads! only undestood about 1 in 50 words though, but got the general gist i think?

    arsenal were playing or something??

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  • Marty

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Hull are no walkover!!They actually were unlucky as wigan only had 5 chances n scored with each one.
    Hull had many chances n were unlucky they said.
    No easy games in this league,we need to take our chances and we cannot afford to use Shola up front as he couldn`t hit a barn door on Halloween

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  • Dev

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    lol Marty Hull are pap

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  • Dev

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #20

    News just in….a big crowd of geordie kids have just mobbed the NUFC dinner lady……they thought it was Jimmy Bullard

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  • steve

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #21

    We basically didnt turn up yesterday – we seemed in awe of arsenals passing and movement and stood off them – Fulham showed last week that you need to get at them to have a chance
    Beye seems to be operating at about 60% of last season, ameobi proved again that he’s not a prem footballer, taylor showed that he’s no better than bassong (probably worse) and we def need an attacking midfielder – Im hoping owen doesn’t get picked for England after this display – the last thing we need is for him to get crocked

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  • 35yrsofhurt

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    RobB – I’ve carried the scars for 35 years!!!
    NUFC were appalling last night, granted Aresenal are a great footballing side but we should have been in their faces.
    We invited them to attack due to defending from the 18yrd box.
    Plus points: Given and Jonas
    Neg Points: Ameobi (crap), CNZ (poor) and overall team tacticts.
    There is no pace in the team and Butt is finished at the top level!!!
    Without class signings a difficult season lies ahead.

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  • reagen smash

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    hull = poor mans stoke

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  • A Gooner

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Clearly you did not listen to the commentary at the Fulham game where the Arsenal got slaughtered. As an Arsenal fan, I can tell you we regularly get plenty of biased comments from the so-called footballing pundits, media and press.
    As for N’castle, your fortunes will get better as the season progresses,I am sure but get rid of that thug JB.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Mike’s intentions will be made clear in the next 48 hours I just hope that we are not left dissapointed.

    I can’t see any biggish names coming to be honest and I can’t understand why we have left it until the 11th hour to get in more players.

    I heard Mike lost 5m on roulette the other day maybe he should take some gambles with players.

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  • dick

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    thinking back on the game after I’ve cooled down a bit, KK made huge mistake playing ameobe he should have played another mid-fielder we just could not get the ball, we were totally out played in the centre of the park, cant really blame our defenders any team would have struggled against that attack

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  • ERIC CRAMMY MAG

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    i know one thing i will not be subscribing to setanta sports ,barton would of got life had they if the comentators had been on the jury

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #28

    i think we will be bottom half all season again to be honest. ashley is a complete tight arse. we are only three games into the season and we have no players due to how many he has sold (most of them shite) – but not repalced in numbers, and our medical room is already as busy as the nhs ffs. ameobi playing, cumon, one minute we are trying to dump him cos he is pants and the next he gets a start at arse. we have no depth, no cover and not enough quality to do anything other than tred water and stay in the prem if we are lucky. it stuns me why we sell but dont seem to buy. our squad was already too thin at the end of last season. now look at it, its like the dirty dozen or dads army or something. cashley raked in around 20 million from milner, emre, and rozza alone – let alone all the others and salaries saved etc – whats he spent in comparison? I think cashley made a shrewd appointment in kk cos lets be honest, if it was fat sam or another manager in the hot seat right now would we all still be cool about things or would we be going off it alot more? He has put kk in cos its giving him a better chance of creaming us off without the fans going into uproar, in essence, he is abusing kk’s god like name with us so he can go on about his own business of ripping us off.

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  • Andy1

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m going to give the players the excuse of being drained of energy after the midweeek game. I am pretty sure Keegan didn’t send the players out to walk around the pitch and show so much respect to Arsenal. Jonas sprinted a couple of times after giving the ball away but other than that no one got above a jog. And I would put this down to fitness – and this highlights the problem of our small squad as any other prem team would have rested some players for the cup.

    Lack of fitness is the only way for me to explain the slow and lifeless performance because it was such a difference from at Old Trafford – and no doubt Keegan will have asked for the same again in the Arsenal match.

    I don’t understand how Shola can be playing – realistically I would do a better job. And he must have watched him in training and seen that he is a shadow of the player that showed so much potential a few years ago. Then why not give younger Donaldson or Ranger a run out – they would have given so much more effort to the cause. Or he could have put Barton in from the start as the only way to get success there is to make it hard for them to play their football.

    Butt was completely useless and doesn’t have the legs anymore to be effective in attack or defence – he is just stranded in the middle of the park and it looks like he is running backwards half the time. Guthrie is such a good little player but we need to give him a bit of help and sign a new defensive and attacking midfielder.

    The commentators were awful but giving us the excuse of a weakened team was actually unjustified. In all honesty it is more embarrassing because only Shola was not a first team regular. Beye looks really jaded and Coloccini was poor – the number of times he got caught out of position for a supposedly top class defender was unacceptable.

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  • D-man

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #30

    Damn right… the commentator was a total ass…. completely supported Arsenal… not objective at all… I was very annoyed because that made 13 Arsenal players… The 11, the ref, and the commentators…

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  • DopeHeadDale

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Ameobi is pants may aswell not been on there, tackle himself n tha! may aswell sell him cos no1 wants to buy him…. Mike better get his wallet out now.

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  • Dave

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Totally agree with the commentary of the match. It was awful and didn’t respect any neutrality. Shay did the business but I thought Owen didn’t quite make the mark.

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  • reagen smash

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #33

    theclub source takes part in stadium tours

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  • reagen smash

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #34

    his name is bob he is a small man and used to driv the chairman/ managers to training and conferances. don’t know if he is still about though

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #35

    ginola is appearinfg on goals on sunday

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  • MattyDread

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #36

    4 points from those three games is mint as far as I’m concerned. Lets get back on track against Hull where hopefully a few new signings could be making their debut.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Homer ref, some terrible decisions!..
    …The commentary was a total joke & a disgrace, burley is a c*nt, i can’t believe that hateful t*at gets to comment on our games, never heard such one-sided, biased shite…He should lose his job!..
    …If ameobi hadn’t got in Owens way, it woulda been 1-1 at that point…nasri should’ve walked, cheat!..

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #38

    I’m off to play Call of duty 4 – there’s no point in being on here today, NOTHING will be announced today – all the action will happen tomorrow, when Im back at work…shit.

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #39

    After watching the high(low)lights on MOTD, we just did not turn up for the game. I can’t understand the KK(big Sam) tactics of only playing with ten men on the pitch. Or why Arsenal were allowed to have an extra defender. It really does smack of southern bias!!

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  • TERRYHIBBITONTHEWING

    Aug 31, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #40

    ED-At this moment in time we are a zillion years away from the quality of football that was dished up by the Arsenal last night.The LAISSEZ -ALLER quality that we displayed under Keegan in the 90’s was phenomenal.However, Ashley needs to let Special K manage.Manage the club from top to bottom and to bring in his players.He’s done it before and he can do it again, but Ashley needs to back him 100%.We know there were issues with debt under the previous regime, but our new incumbent has gone down the parsimonious route.A balance somewhere between the two and letting Keegan get on with the job and we will reap the rewards.I trust KEEGAN , but give him the ammunition, for ***** SAKE!!!!!!

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