Arsenal 2 Newcastle 1 – Magpie Heroes Fail At The Death

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.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #1



  • Beattie25

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Same shite football like all of the season. This is what happens when luck deserts you.

    No ambition, no belief, no ability.

    We have been poor all season and I am sick to death with the same old shit.

    I pray to god we have a clear out in the summer as we have been found out and will suffer from now until may.

    Passion can help you stay up, lack of quality will see you fight against relegation. Our form and quality IMO is the worse in the league currently.

    We need a fcuking wake up call and some of these c unts (simmo, Willo) need a kick up the arse.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s not a surprising result in the end ofc, but it’s always dissapointing to lose.
    Work to do in the summer, that’s all i’m saying.
    We played good footy today, when we played footy.
    Very one sided tho :/ Especially 2nd half.

    What more can we expect really?

  • Martin33

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #4

    decent defense anyway, thought may be put Gosling on will enhance the defense more rather than Guthrie…a bit unlucky the final goal coz Simpson didnt get back quickly enough….BTW Van Persi is a pure asSwhole

  • YankToonFan

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Love the lads’ heart and effort. Hate the way we play football.

  • Spuggy

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Why did Danny Simpson take the throw in?

  • nufc786

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #7

    chillax man we are still 6th remember that

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Lets move on and win some games now…I think we should win all of em to be honest I know its not possible but bar Scumpool we could take em…

    the away games are hard but we have to get through them…

  • Oleg G

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Well my friends. I am off. Very sad, really.
    More sad even with the performance up front and the lack of chances after the goal and those long balls. I don’t mind loosing to Arsenal, but that was rubbish. 🙁

    Last few weeks were really bad. How happy I was in the beginning of the season. 🙁

  • toonking

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #10

    willo i thought did very well today for such a poor player but our left side looked very poor today unless RVP gets injury champions league good bye
    but still have hope that we can beat chelsea and just to be sure prey that chelsea avoid liverpool in the semi final of fa cup

  • nufc786

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #11

    “If you count your chickens before they’ve hatched, they won’t lay an egg.”

  • Beattie25

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I hate danny Simpson. Said it for years and I’ll keep saying it until he leaves.

    He has the footballing brain of a parsnip

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t wish death on RVP, just for him to be involved in a horrific car accident which leaves him maimed from the waist down.

  • Spuggy

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye not the end of the world. We deserved to loose really, gutting the way it happened but they outplayed of for 70 mins.

    – Cabaye definitely has lost a bit of form (poss due to having a baby)
    – Obertan is shocking and should only ever be used as a sub until he discovers a footballing brain
    – Cisse needs to settle in, learn the language and will definitely come into his own. Strange how he was dropped unless he is injured.
    – Need a CB and FB desperately
    – Need Saylor and Marveaux back

  • nufc786

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #15

    People want success. It’s like coffee, they want instant.”

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #16

    “I don’t wish death on RVP”

    I do.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #17

    From last thread

    Beattie I can understand your frustration after a defeat in that manner but I cannot understand your cynicism.

    Our form is not the worst in the league currently, the whole New Year form thing has been grossly exaggerated, however, when we have lost we have been trounced and we dropped two points against Wolves which seemed like a defeat.

    Simmo was brilliant the entire game and I will not even entertain any notions that he was responsible because his throw in wasn’t good enough, that is a ridiculous notion. And Willo was superb in the second half so he doesn’t deserve the venom that you are spewing either.

    There will be a clear out, of weaker squad members and of youth players who are not making the grade. On top of that there will be substantial reinforcements made across the board. I would class that as ambition wouldn’t you?

    Our team defended admirably and were just caught short against the in form team in the Premier League in their home turf. They have averaged 4 goals a game in the League this year….we kept them to two and their second was scored in the 94th minute.

    For godsake man take a look in the mirror and ask yourself, what can I do to help this team. Ask not what Newcastle United can do for you, but what you can do for Newcastle United!


  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Some good defending, and some bad defending, Newcastle done well to get away with 2-1 in that match overall.
    The quicker summer comes and Newcastle can sign a quality CB the better. Williamson made too many mistakes. That and playing Obertan where he did Alan made a mistake. If anything we’d have been better off just playing Cisse in that place.
    Some good things taken away from the game though, Newcastle hanging on well. Tim Krul was a prat though and hopefully nothing will come of the tunnel incident. Van Persie set out to wind Krul up professionally and done a good job. Hopefully Newcastle can bounce back in their next game.
    I think Newcastle will drop below Liverpool before the end of the season, finishing just above Sunderland.

  • Shearers Hairline

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Simpson should be shot for crimes against football….
    He’s not good enough, not sure why we want him on a longer contract. He should concentrate on learning the basics of football rather than trying to be a pundit on Talk Sport!

  • nufc786

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Football never surprises you and it never sometimes demoralises you

  • hotdog

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #21

    We dont have pace up front – so Arsenal knew they could bomb on. Vermaelen was playins as a centre forward in the last 20mins – not the last 2mins. We needed Cisse on the pitch for the last 15mins but used all the subs! Ohh Aye Cabaye is pants. Not a knee jerk reaction ive been saying it for a while – what does he offer us?

  • Oleg G

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #22

    nufc786 // Mar 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    An old Chinese saying goes something like
    “If you don’t have nothing smart to say – shut it” 🙂
    just kidding mate.


    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Proud of the boy’s tonight.

    RVP’s gone down a lot in my estimation.

  • Cabaye is BEAST

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #24

    why did santon come off?
    why was cisse on the bench?
    why are we failing lately…?

  • hotdog

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #25

    #17 Agree Simpson had a decent game but his throw in was shocking – straight to an Arsenal shirt – throw it to feet and keep it and these are pro’s ffs!

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #26

    What the f… are you guys complaining about?! Shite football?! Do you expect NUFC to travel to Emirates to play sexy football?!

    NUFC is not Barcelona, we have a limited transfer budget and were down in CCC two seasons ago. We’re still 6th in the league, so please shut it. Sulking about negative style of play is nonsense, we almost got one point in one of the hardest away fixures of the season, well done to the lads.

    If you prefer naive tactics you can watch the Spurs game again, that’s what you get if you choose to be to positive against strong sides in EPL.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #27

    did we deserve to win ? no, did we deserve to lose ? no , yes arsenal tore us to shreds in the 2nd half but we battled , and i think that deserved a point. Up front we were a disgrace.No ideas , no decent balls in- clueless really.2 bad defensive errors for the goals, which we should be used to by now, and lets be honest was any body surprised when they scored? it had been on the cards for the last 20 mins.dissapointing – but not the end of the world. We must start giving these top teams more of a game. if we are really in contention for a european place. not this season though.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Beattie, you havent a clue. Simpson is poor going forward, but he’s quite solid defensively, and was good tonight, as the commentators said. If u want poor, look at Obertan . A shocking player.

  • fray bentos

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #29

    you know when the news speak to toon fans outside the ground when something has happened, and they quite often seem to pick the biggest idiot they can find for their views, i think they might be beattie25 and his mates

  • magpiebop

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Santon doesn’t look like a fullback to me, he just bombs forward leaving huge gaps behind. His obvious strengths are all attacking for me and right midfield could suit him.
    Arsenal had plenty of possession but if we hadn’t started fannying on towards the end may have got a good point.


    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Yes it was disappointing to lose so late but I thought we gave our all against THE form team in the league and one of the hardest fixtures in the season.

    Some of you need to have a word with yourselves if you think we were going to go there and just turn them over.

    We are where we should be in the league, we’re not top 5 yet by any stretch.

    If we finish above L’pool I’ll be happy.

    Cabaye needs to be played further forward especially at home. Ben Arfa needs to play every game until the end of the season. Anybody needs to play centre half instead of Williamson.

  • thepict

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Beattie , there’s a team down on Wearside needs your support.


    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #33

    if people are wondering why cabaye hasnt been involved or dominating the match as much as earlier in the season,remember that taylor was behind him not williamson.cabaye has had to make up the lack of passing that williamson performs rather than the relaxed and steady approach form tayls.every match cabaye is dropping back so far into our own half just to collect and spray,with tayls in the team he pushed the midfield up with his passing.once a better football playing centre half is beside colo and behind cabaye,we’ll see a better cabaye again.his skills are lost on a match like this.
    ben arfa good first half performance,nice positive to take to norwich,hope tiote isnt out of the game!!

  • josh

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Simpson wasn’t so shite when he cleared one off the line. Can’t understand why some people are so negative. We played well against a team on a roll who tanked ac Milan 3-0. Where 5 minutes of injury time came from il never know. The fact that when the big teams play us and scrape a result and hear their fans cry a sigh of relief it should tell you something. Woe is me , my clubs in crisis in sixth place were going down. Have a word and behave. For you neggers to claim players ain’t got a footballing brain is somewhat ironic when I could get more sense out of yours by removing it and curling off a steamer after a night on the vindaloo and flat ale. Wankers

  • fray bentos

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #35

    the way is see it arsenal created more in the first half and at times we seemed to be giving them alot of space, i think we were a little lucky not to be behind but not much in it. Pardew saw this, made some subs and changed the tactics and i think we played very solid against them untill about the last 15 mins when we lost it a bit. Good gutsy performance all round

    But you cant really expect anymore against a team of their attacking calibre in their form

    HOWAY THE LADS, should hopefully give some confidence for next games

  • Jamiemac

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Stop hating on Simpson!

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #37


    ‘On top of that there will be substantial reinforcements made across the board. I would class that as ambition wouldn’t you?’


  • rfcready

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Some good points all round ,even the haters have a right to say how they feel.We looked like we were not up for it with too many side line players giving away possession so easy.
    Cant understand why professional players give the ball up so easy especially in the defense, some of the chances they were taking were criminal.Same mistakes week in week out.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Well, 1or 2 of you are beginning to realise what some of us who have seen the vast majority of games at first hand, home and away, have been saying for some time. Santon is not a defender, and the fact that he has been hooked at half time in 2 successive games is proof of that – his positioning is dialobical, and in common with all Ncle defenders except Saylor, is pathetically weak. Williamson is a donkey, who I wouldn’t even put in a Championship team. Cabaye has been totally ineffective since the end of October – he makes Nolan look like an Olympic sprinter, but without the goals. Colo is pathetically weak, and both centre halves cannot defend bread and butter crosses in the air across our box. Ameobi and Perch were both significantly better than the original selections. That is now 5 wins out of the last 17 league games, and keeping up our average of conceding 2 goals per game since the injury to Saylor. Managers with better records than that have been sacked! This team will be lucky to finish in the top 10, and the summer will just see more cheap foreign imports, thanks to Ashley’s imposed transfer policy, and one final thought – Ba and Cisse will soon get pissed off playing in a side that possesses as little creativity as we do.

  • JBax97

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #40

    So proud of the lads today. They held the team which was alost certain to beat them for 95 minutes, kept the stadium quiet and forced the so called beautiful passing side to play long ball football. In the end we lost 1 point but the lads gave it their all and you can’t ask for any more than that.


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