Let’s talk about the positive things coming out of this game – you cannot accuse our players of not trying their best, and they gave their full effort to try to get something out of this game – but we simply were not good enough individually, and we were not good enough as a team, and we now have 13 points out of our last 18 league games, with a staggering 13 defeats, and these results are starting to become an embarrassment to the proud Newcastle United Football club.
As far as the game goes, Newcastle held Arsenal for the first 26 minutes until Sissoko held back Giroud as the French striker was trying to get away inside the Newcastle half.
And from the free kick it was Laurent Koscielny who was determined to get to the free kick, and he put the ball past Krul from about six yards out for Arsenal’s first goal.
Two minutes later and a terrific shot from Podolski was only inches wide, but then after 42 minutes the Newcastle defense was breached again, and this time it took a couple of good saves from Krul initially to keep the ball out, before Ozil was unmarked and rammed the ball home – but it looked like the German could have been offside.
Arsenal were comfortably on top at half time,and they played it fairly easily in the second half, because that’s all they needed to do to contain a very poor Newcastle side.
And then an excellent move by Arsenal after 65 minute, saw Ozil go down the left wing and put in a perfect cross to Olivier Giroud who headed home with all the time in the world without even being challenged.
Newcastle did have a few chances in this game, notably a couple of good efforts from Yoan Gouffran, but to say we deserved to get anything out of this game would be stretching it, and we were simply outclassed by a superior Arsenal outfit.
And the possession stats of 61% to 39% sum up the game, which was largely dominated by the home side.
And 89% of Newcastle fans in our poll were right about thinking we were going to suffer yet another defeat tonight, and it was really far too easy for the Gunners.
We always start these games hoping this will be the game we turn things around, but after a couple of goals are conceded it shows just how hopeless Newcastle are playing at the moment, and have played all year for that matter.
The banners of Pardew Out were displayed in the second half by the faithful traveling Newcastle fans, and it’s going to be interesting to hear what Pardew says after the game, because Newcastle were never really in this game.
Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was at the game tonight, and he would have left thinking that Cardiff have a decent enough chance of getting all 3 points on Saturday – remember they beat us 2-1 at home in the FA Cup in his match as manager but were hammered by Sunderland 4-0 on Sunday.
A defeat in that game against Cardiff City would be the end – it would be too much to have to take – and it would simply a disgrace for Newcastle United.
Newcastle need to completely rebuild in the summer, and the problem we have is we don’t see a solid foundation of players on which to build.
But if we don’t bring in some very good players this summer – this terrible run of results could continue into next season, and we’ll be in relegation trouble – as the TV commentators kept pointing out.
And that’s the very sad truth.
Newcastle appointed a new Managing Director in Lee Charnley, and maybe we need more changes at the top before the summer transfer window starts – and Mike Ashley is also responsible for this terrible run of results – having signed no permanent players in the last two transfer windows and selling our best player Yohan Cabaye in January.
We have had absolutely no success under Mike Ashley for seven years – and we have lost ground on all the big clubs in England – and if he bought the club to have some fun – then he should know that it’s no fun at all for Newcastle fans- those are the ones the club really belongs to.
There’s certainly enough blame to go around at the club at all levels – that’s for sure..
The form and the results of Newcastle United this year are simply nowhere near good enough – and we’ll leave it at that – at least for now.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Mikel Arteta (c), Aaron Ramsey (Tomas Rosicky 74); Mesut Ozil (Mathieu Flamini 74), Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski; Olivier Giroud (Yaya Sanogo 84)
Subs not used: Lukasz Fabianski, Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen, Kim Kallstrom
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 84), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Dan Gosling (Shola Ameobi 69), Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote; Yoan Gouffran (Adam Armstrong 89); Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan
Referee: Neil Swarbrick