Newcastle have now conceded 11 goals in their last two games, after leaking 7 goals at Arsenal today – and six of those goals were conceded in a short 39 minutes in the second half, after the scores were level at 1-1 at the half, and if there is any doubt where Newcastle’s Achilles heel is – there should be no doubts after this - and we need to very quickly bring in some defenders before we are trapped in an all out relegation struggle.
Newcastle again scored three goals today, as we did at Manchester United on Wednesday, but for the second away game running we scored three goals, and yet got nothing at all out of this game, and since November we have now lost seven of our last nine league games and in the last 11 league games we have a partly 7 points – worse than relegation form to be sure.
But Newcastle showed fight today, and while we were ahead three times at Manchester we were behind three times in this game, but came back to tie the scored at 3-3 after 69 minutes when Demba Ba scored his second after Sylvain Marveaux had scored Newcastle’s second goal.
For Arsenal Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick, with other goals from Giroud (2), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski as Arsenal tore apart the Newcastle defense in the last six minutes scoring three times after the score had been close at 4-3.
And in injury time Giroud hit the bar after 94 minutes, otherwise Newcastle could have leaked eight goals in this game.
But on this showing Newcastle need to rebuild their defense, and it’s simply not up to scratch, and remember we don’t have many excuses because only Steven Taylor is missing from the best defense we can field since early November.
Rather than describe each of the goals, which is very painful, since we conceded seven today, the video highlights of each goal are below.
We should stop using excuses for our injured players too, and we need to pick up points right now, otherwise we are going to be in serious trouble come May – Newcastle were humiliated in the last ten minutes in the game at the Emirates this afternoon and it was so painful to watch – we defended like schoolboys at the end (apologies to schoolboys everywhere) – and Alan Pardew and the coaches have a lot to do to get the lads ready for a tough game against Everton on Wednesday night.
Newcastle will have to defend a lot better in that game, otherwise we could see ourselves third bottom of the league after the game, since at the moment we are only three points ahead of third bottom Southampton, and our goal difference is now a terrible -11, exactly the same as Southampton’s.
It’s not panic stations yet – but it will get that way if we continue to lose the next few games – and finally – it’s never been easy to support Newcastle, but we should try to keep our spirits up – and a win against Everton would be great.
Try to keep the faith – there have to be better times ahead.
That’s true isn’t it?
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Giroud 74), Cazorla (Coquelin 86), Podolski (Ramsey 82); Walcott.
Subs (not used): Mannone (gk), Djourou, Rosicky, Gervinho.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul; Simpson (Ferguson 82), Coloccini, Perch, Santon; Bigirimana (Shola Ameobi 82), Tiote; Cisse, Marveaux (Tavernier 88), Obertan; Ba.
Subs (not used): Harper (gk), Abeid, Streete, Sammy Ameobi.
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