It was Heartbreak Hotel for Newcastle tonight at the Emirates Stadium, and after holding the Gunners to 1-1 Arsenal got the winner in the 5th minute of added time.
Newcastle deserved a point tonight and it was cruel that our boys got nothing out of the game.
It was Thomas Vermaelen who scrambled the ball past Krul with just a minute of added time to go, as the ball was floated into the penalty area and Arsenal were desperate to score.
We couldn’t have asked for more from the Newcastle team as they fought like lions in London and were so unlucky to fail at the death.
Ben Arfa gasve newcatsle the lead with a goal outr o fnothing and then van Persie equalized 53 seocnd later, when he beat Williamson on the penalty spot a little too easily to slot the ball into the net.
The game kicked off and it was clear that Obertan had been given a midfield role to try to break up the Arsenal central midfield.
And in the first several minutes Robin van Persie had two chances and thankfully missed both of them.
It was a closely contested game with Arsenal getting most of the possession but it was Newcastle who went ahead and it was that man Ben Arfa again.
He got the ball on the right wing inside the area and he beat his man and smashed the ball into the goal at the near post – a goal out of nothing by the French supremo, and the great goal justified Alan Pardew’s decision to start him.
This lad is possiblly a top class player for Newcastle in the future.
It was a great start for the Magpies but within 53 seconds Arsenal were level when van Persie got the ball and beat Mike Williamson all too easily and swept the ball past Krul, who had no chance.
On 30 minutes a good run by Davide Santon put Ba through in the inside left position, but he was flagged for offside.
This was turning out to be a good game between two good sides who were in form, and Newcastle were giving a good account of themselves against a top form Arsenal side who had demolished their two previous three opponents at the Emirates 7-1, 5-2 and 3-0.
Obertan was looking just a little lost in his role in the center of the filed and maybe Shola Ameobi could play that role in the second half.
In the last 10 minutes of the half Newcastle seemed to get mor eof the ball and it was 1-1 at the break with Newcastle having given a good account of themselves.
Alan Pardew replaced Davide Santon by James Perch so it was the second game running that Davide had been taken off at the half, although he seemd to have a decent game in that first half.
Tim Krul then made a god reaction save after 48 minutes from Rosicky.
After 55 minutes van Persie had a good chance from the penalty spot but hit the ball straight at Krul who saved well.
Shola Ameobi came on for Obertan after 61 minutes and Newcastle continued to frustrate Arsenal and then Danny Guthrie replaced Tiote to give Newcastle some fresh legs.
There were some ugly scenes near the end between Tim Krul and van Persie – who are Dutch team-mates, but you would never have guessed it.
Newcastle were hanging on well to their point but then tragedy struck in the 5th minute of injury time when Arsenal equalized.
What a sickener for Newcastle.
Newcastle now have just 2 points out of the last 12, but if they play like this is in the remaining 10 games we will win more games than we lose.