Poor Goal Gives Arsenal A 1-0 Win Against Newcastle


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Newcastle went down 1-0 to Arsenal this afternoon in what was a very even and tight game, but after 65 minutes it looked like the Newcastle defense fell asleep, when a Theo Walcott free kick into the box saw an unmarked Giroud head the ball into the net, and it seemed a mix up in the Newcastle defense.

But it’s these type of concentration lapses that cost games in the Premier League, and there was very little between the two sides this afternoon, and Mike Williamson just before half time almost got his first goal for the club when his header from a Cabaye corner kick rebounded off the cross-bar – but it was really a game Newcastle should not have lost.
It was a very even first half with both sides playing for safety and the best moments came in added time of the first half when Sissoko had a terrific shot that Szczesny only just managed to push over the bar.  And then from the resulting left wing corner form Cabaye Mike Williamson had a great header that hit the cross-bar but was then cleared and that was almost Mike’s very first goal for Newcastle.

And the referee blew the whistle for half time.

It was a cagey first half from both sides with few chances made – and a few long shots form Cabaye, and Debuchy was almost  through but couldn’t control the ball – otherwise it would have been a great chance for the Frenchman.

And into the second half both sides continued to cancel each other out , in a game of very few chances, and then Alan Pardew made his first substitution with Ben Arfa coming on for the hard-working Yoan Gouffran after 62 minutes, and maybe Ben Arfa could provide the spark for Newcastle.

And then after 65 minutes Arsenal went ahead and it seemed the Newcastle defense was asleep when Theo Walcott put in a free kick into the middle of the penalty area, and Olivier Giroud stole in unmarked to glance the ball into the net  with his head – but it was a poor goal to concede by Newcastle.

Nobody picked up the French striker and it was certainly a soft goal to concede in such an important game.

After 69 minutes Newcastle were all at sea as a through ball saw  Walcott’s shot brilliantly  headed off the line by Debuchy, but then Giroud mis-kicked the ball from a few yards out – what a let-off for Newcastle.

Shola Ameobi came on for Vurnon Anita after 74 minutes as Newcastle were trying to get back into this game,  and after another five minutes Massadio Haidara came on for Moussa Sissoko as Newcastle went all out for the equalizer.

And then  Szczesny tried to clear the ball but it hit Remy flush in the face, and the ball went only a foot or so  wide of the post but Remy was down. although he did recover and wasn’t hurt – well not too much anyway.

It was all Newcastle in the final 10 minutes, as the lads tried to get the equalizer, and Tim Krul came up twice for two late corners, and although we came close a couple of times with Ben Arfa proving to be Newcastle’s most dangerous player, it was just not to be, and for the second season running Arsenal won this game 1-0.

But Newcastle gave Arsenal all they could handle today – but we just didn’t get the breaks – maybe we will at the Hawthorns on Wednesday against West Brom – and we need to win that game.

Newcastle are 7th in the table.

Comments welcome.

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Shola Ameobi 74), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko (Massadio Haidara 80), Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 62)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker (c), Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs (Mikel Arteta 70); Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky; Theo Walcott (Carl Jenkinson 80), Jack Wilshere; Santi Cazorla; Olivier Giroud (Nicklas Bendtner 86)
Subs not used: Lukasz Fabianski, Ryo Miyaichi, Serge Gnabry, Lukas Podolski

Referee: Lee Probert



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22 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Wasnt a sloppy goal Ed, it was a goal that should never have been. Never a free kick in the frist place.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Santon looked good late on.

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  • Ciaran

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    It was a pin-point free kick into the box that should have been defended better. Wouldn’t call it a poor goal, because teams with the ability of Arsenal always have that in their locker, and as far as clinical CFs go, Giroud is up there with the best of them, even when he was ineffective from open play.

    Still think we can be proud of that performance, do not agree that we had an overly defensive mentality, some of our high pressing was admirable, and we forced a number of mistakes in their defensive third that we could have scored from on another day (Sissoko’s effort end of 1st half, and Remy closing down Szczesny in the 2nd half)

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought Santon was great all game, stopped Walcott from having an impact and looked like a natural right winger late on.

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  • IssedPoff

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t get my head round why Ben Arfa is always so self indulgent.

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  • Ciaran

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Tommyy

    He was better than he has been in recent weeks, but he is not a LB by any stretch of the imagination. Walcott is a poor player in my view, and Haidara should definitely get the nod at LB from now on. Though I do agree Santon looked better at RW so perhaps we can see how he does there.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Banging on about HBA is redundant, he is ut on for a reason, to tae a chance and sometimes it doesnt work,

    Why the negativity? I thought we shaded it as the team with more chances and they better and more experienced defensively.

    It shows we are no more than a couple of poor refs decisions off the top.

    Having the likes of rabid nuggets without a clue like the roy and toonbotherer characters spouting their utter garbage ruins the blogs image. WUMs.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Arsenal officials 1 Newcastle 0

    now this sums it up

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  • Ciaran

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki

    While I don’t want to be lumped in with toonbrother and roy, I do happen to think that if this is what we are going to get from HBA ‘taking a chance’ then I would rather he sits on the bench.

    He is singly the greediest player we have in our team and while he may win us corners, or throw-ins and excite us with what he can do with a ball, flash and flair does not win matches, and I think we could have scored had he taken a better option in that situation. He plays for himself, not for NUFC which is why I do not think he should ever be a starter, merely an option when we are in dire need.

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  • fareasttoon

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    First thing to come to mind. Why can’t we play the way we played the last 15 mins earlier ???

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  • bills-son

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #11

    We put a massive amount of effort into the game and apart from the first ten minutes we more than held our own.

    Its a sickener losing to a goal from a free kick and we didn’t get the breaks in this game that we’ve had in others.

    We’ve still won 7 and drawn 1 of our last 10 games. Any doom and gloom and Pardew out stuff would be a total over reaction.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #12

    santon switched to right midfielder and made an impact good call Pardew

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  • roy

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #13

    The blame lies with the chancer Pardew the guy is a loser his tactics are hopeless. Santon and the dwarf Anita should have been off at halftime, but no Pardew flaps about until the last knockings. HBA is a disaster who needs moved on.

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  • Cantbuyye

    Dec 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Can’t get the pundits saying Arsenal were poor. We closed them down so good, making them look ordinary. Our pressing was excellent, well done lads. Debuchy is showing what a great right back should be.

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  • Cantbuyye

    Dec 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #15

    @Roy
    What f@@king were u watching?!!!
    Get a grip man!!!

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  • roy

    Dec 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Skunki wind yer neck in your the mug the shit you offer is a joke. Your a complete windbag!

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  • roy

    Dec 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    @15 a complete cockup up how about you? Knob!

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #18

    coloshitty is pure shite. such a coward

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Pardew took a gamble on HBA and lost. Poor tactics.

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Dec 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Toonbrother is a mackem.

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Dec 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Ronnie. Read your comment again. It’s puerile rubbish.

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  • Taff the Mag

    Dec 29, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Roy & toonbrother
    Our top two wind-up merchants are in top form at the moment, talking the usual crap, can these two be for real ?, they have to be refugees from the Stadium of Sh-te, Great performance from the lads this afternoon, a draw would have been a lot fairer result, keep the faith and enjoy the moment.

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