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.