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.
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)
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