Newcastle Shell Shocked By Gunners – Hammered 4-1

After conceding only four goals in our last nine games, Newcastle were hit for four in a 4-1 defeat at the Emirates today, with the lone goal coming from Ayoze Perez, and it’s the sixth loss in a row for Newcastle against Arsenal – and in short – Newcastle were no match for the Gunners today.

Arsenal v Newcastle

Olivier Giroud after scoring against Newcastle today

After eight minutes Per Mertesacker hit the cross-bar when from a corner he got to the ball unchallenged, but Newcastle managed to scramble the ball away.

But after 15 minutes Arsenal went ahead, and it was a good cross from Alexis Sanchez from just outside the box on the right, that was beautifully headed home by Olivier Giroud, and it gave Jak Alnwick no chance in the Newcastle goal.

Newcastle’s best chance in the first half came after 34 minutes from an excellent free kick by Jack Colback out on the right wing.

Gouffran headed the ball towards goal and Szczesny blocked the ball right on the line, but then Papiss Cisse had a chance from the rebound, but he hit the ball from a yard out straight at the goalkeeper, when he could have (maybe) chipped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.

At half time the score was 1-0 and Newcastle had been coming more into the game in those last 20 minutes, but Arsenal had been the better side in that first 45 minutes, and Newcastle were a little bit lucky to be only the one goal down.

Arsenal went 2-0 ahead after 54 minutes when Santi Cazorla somehow chipped the ball past Alnwick form a narrow angle out on the left after having been put through.

It was 3-0 only four minutes later as the Newcastle defense was being torn apart by Arsenal and Oxlade-Chamberlain made a good move down the right wing before pulling it back for Olivier Giroud to get his second goal as he chipped the ball past Alnwick with his left foot.

Newcastle got a goal out of nothing after 63 minutes, when another excellent Jack Colback free-kick was headed into the net by Ayoze Perez for his fourth goal of the season.

But near the end after 88 minutes Welbeck was brought down by Paul Dummett in the penalty box, and Cazorla made no mistake from the penalty spot to make it 4-1 and Newcastle were very much second best today.

Newcastle’s defense has been the stalwart in the recent resurgence but we didn’t look too good at all today and we were very porous against a decent Arsenal side.

And Janmaat picked up his 5th yellow card of the season and is therefore out of the quarter-final tie at Tottenham on Wednesday night at Tottenham

And if we are to progress in that competition Newcastle will need to play and defend a lot better than we did today – that’s for sure.

Injuries and suspensions caught up with us today, and it’s asking an awful lot of young Jak Alnwick to come into these games given his complete lack of experience at this level.

We have to make sure for next season that we have three experienced goalkeepers available – as other Premier League clubs have.

And we may be the only ones saying it – but it’s nothing less than bad planning by the Newcastle management not to have three top goalkeepers in the squad, and before December is out it could come back to bite us big time.

And we cannot blame Jak Alnwick at all – he’s been put in a very difficult position by the club.

We’ve now conceded five goals in the last game and a half, and we will have to play an awful lot better than today at Tottenham on Wednesday night, if we are to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals of that competition.


Arsenal: Szczesny, Bellerin, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Maitland-Niles, 90), Alexis (Coquelin, 87), Welbeck, Giroud (Podolski, 73). Subs not used: Martinez, Ajayi, Campbell, Sanogo.

Newcastle: Alnwick; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Tiote, Colback; Gouffran, Perez (Armstrong, 82), Ameobi (Cabella, 56); Cisse (Riviere, 56). Subs not used: Woodman, Haidara, Anita, Vuckic.

Goals: Giroud 15, 58, Cazorla 54, 89, Perez 63
Bookings: Bellerin 37, Oxlade-Chamberlain 57, Tiote 59, Janmaat 81
Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)
Attendance: 59,949

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21 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #1

    With Coloshitty on the pitch there’s always a distinct possibility of an NUFC defensive meltdown
    He has been the star of the show in the worst defensive displays i have ever witnessed as a Newcastle fan.
    Today was no exception
    He was DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for 3 of the four goals conceded.
    Saylor, Willo, MYM the list of defenders that get blamed for COLOS deficiencies goes on.
    We can buy Baresi+Jon Terry +Matthaus but until we get rid of the cancer in our team the results will stay the same.
    Get Rid of COLOSHITTY
    Do it NOW

  • seasons

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #2

    its getting old toonbrother. moronic player bashing of colo every game/week/post is pathetic to be honest.

  • saliba91

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #3

    We were so negative. playing backwards it was infuriating. why did we not go out to expose arsenals weakness at the back.

  • Thump

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #4

    @seasons: Every game for 3 seasons(ish).

  • Blofal

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #5

    In defence of Pardew, I don’t think any number of tactics or formations would have changed the result. Too many injuries and suspensions.

    Even if we had pressed (which we tried to do in the second half) Arsenal have pretty much an entire team of attacking midfielders to counter with.

    Oh and our passing was shocking today. I think Sammy had 5 consecutive unsuccessful passes in the first 10 minutes. Even Colback’s passing was off. Gouffran didn’t make a forward pass all game (rarely does). Once again Perez and Janmaat were our most attacking players.

  • yorkymag

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Too brother
    I have never read such dribble
    Yes he had a bad game shit happen
    Are you forgetting his brilliant display last week ,when he had costa his pocket

  • midweek weekend

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonbrother your hate for colo is just laughable honestly, yes the team didn’t really play well tonight but players like Williamson gouffran have been poor for ages now, did you not see colo against Chelsea like seriously this constant moaning about him is just boring, if you’re gonna hate, hate positively Williamson is poor dog #*€% hate him not colo

  • toonbrother

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #8

    @seasons only thing i would call pathetic is Coloshittys perfomances for this club
    Until those become a thing of the past pathetic results like today’s will continue to be the norm

  • toonbrother

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #9

    @6 yorkymag
    drivel mate you mean drivel

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Collo always seems to have a one off game where he is at fault for most of the goals .

  • cantor

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #11

    we have a BIG goalkeeper’s problem, which affected the entire team today. Perhaps Colo’s worst game…Remember Tiote for 20Million? sell him for 5.
    Love Perez- the boy is magic
    Re the tv commentators – they only talked about Arsenal, whereas we’ve been decimated. Something has been wrong with injuries since Bobby Robson

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #12

    To be fair all the defence were shite today so to single out colo is silly. Clearly your love for the man clouds your judgement 😉

  • yorkymag

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #13

    The reality is we lost two key players
    It hurts when the squad is paper thin
    Arsenal are bringing players off the bench who would be first pick at nufc
    We came up against a bloody good team on a bad day
    Outclassed it happens
    we will fight another day
    But to blame colo or anyone for that matter is missing the point

  • toonbrother

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #14

    @midweek weekend williamson looked like a million bucks playing alongside Mbiwa. He looked solid playing alongside Dummet.

    When he plays alongside Coloshitty its like swimming against the current. He can do everything right but it will all be in vain.

  • Blofal

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Colo also single handedly saved two certain goals when outnumbered on the counter attack. Our clean sheets almost always occur when Willo isn’t in the team. Check out the stats this season. Colo isn’t the problem.

  • toon kk

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda—-from previous post.
    I agree about not starting some players like Williamson. But what options did we have today on the bench?
    We haven’t as strong of a squad as Arsenal even with their injuries not to mention our own.

  • yorkymag

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Dribble drivel
    It makes no difference
    It was still a load of tosh

  • toonking

    Dec 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #18


    the fact we plagued with injuries is the very reason i accept this defeat with ease, i said earlier this week i would be happier to see a second string team starting tonight because the game i want to see him really start the best is the spurs game.

    we will see the return of sissoko and saylor mid week so if i see willo, or gouffran starting that day i will be furious because i want that team to be set out like a one which is aiming to win.

    either 4-3-3, 4-2-1-2-1 or 4-2-3-1.

  • toon kk

    Dec 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #19

    It was great to see Perez getting a goal but we are mainly relying on a poacher who is pretty much useless as a team player.

  • midweek weekend

    Dec 13, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #20


    colo is not the reason we lost this game, i personally would of played dummet center back with haidara, but the whole team was poor other than colback and perez, tiote was horrendous, you just cant carry that many players playing poor against a team like arsenal, a disappointing defeat but i think we were always going to lose this one, i actually agree with jammie rednapp you cant lose to many big players when your a team like nufc and expect to beat arsenal away.

    if we had abied instead of tiote arrons instead of gouffran lets not forget about sissiko hes our best player, christ even obertan was missed, we are a team that thrives on pace we didn’t have tonight at all and so paid big time.

  • Spreadthetoon

    Dec 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Well lads we got played off the park. It was always going to be a difficult match.

    Tiote was ineffective and frustrating to watch. We should have been more positive and I think pardew should have set up with 433 instead of 4231 formation. Cisse was starved of any real quality of service. I would have gone for this:

    Janmaat —-colo——-dummett–Haidarra
    Perez——— Cisse——/////——-Cabella

    Instead Gouffran played who was very ineffective and lazy in loss of possession. Even with 4231 I would have played Cabella from the start, he is after all a no. 10. Really frustrated with AP subs and formation. Too negative. Personally I would not have Gouffran in the team. Just offers nothing going fwd anymore. Tbf I think a loss was possibly likely at the Emirates but can’t help feel we could have done better to be in touch.


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