Newcastle’s performance on Saturday will go down in history, there’s not doubt about that.
They are still trying to label Joey Barton as the thug he once was – but not anymore.
They are blaming Joey for having Diaby sent off, for what was just a stupid child-like display of petulance from the Frenchman – and we bet Arsenal don’t appeal the sending off this week.
They are blaming the referee for giving two soft penalties.
But the truth is what manager Arsene Wenger already knows deep down.
The Arsenal players wilted in the face of adversity, when Newcastle United launched an astonishing second half display of guts and glory, that the Arsenal defense in particular, just couldn’t handle. And Newcastle were roared on by a sold-out St. James’ Park.
The problems that Arsenal had in that second half were nothing to do with Joey Barton or the referee – or any other excuse Arsene will dream up today.
Hey, we like Arsene a lot, but nobody would ever accuse him of being a good loser. 😀
The Arsenal players simply wilted and they had nobody to turn to when the going got tough – and how many times did you hear Cesc Fabregas’ name called in that second half by TV commentators. Not many times at all, and he is the Arsenal captain.
The truth is that Arsenal had nobody to match the drive and leadership shown by Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan in that second half, when they simply ran the game for Newcastle.
The problem lies with the Arsenal players, and their lack of character and guts in that second half.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, other teams in England will gain significant hope from Saturday’s game, because if they press this Arsenal side- even when the Gunners are four goals up – they may cave in – just like the did on Saturday.
And it’s very true that Arsenal were simply a million miles better than Newcastle in that first half, and it was a huge embarrassment to the Newcastle fans that our boys didn’t turn up.
This is not an attack on the Arsenal club – the Gunners are a great club and they have a great team, and we’ve always thought that Wenger is one of the world’s best managers.
And this is certainly not an attack on Arsenal’s faithful fans, who go through as much turmoil as we do supporting Newcastle United, and they must be hurting today.
This is telling the brutal truth of what happened in that second half on Saturday, when Newcastle produced a miraculous turnaround.
But the truth is they were helped enormously by the gutless Arsenal players, who never liked the physical part of the game, and complain if they are even touched by an opposing player.
Maybe today they should all be looking at themselves in the mirror, and not blaming all asunder for how the played in that second half.