Newcastle were unlucky today not to take something out of this game after we were 2-0 down to goals from Olivier Giroud after 28 minutes.
But Newcastle gave one of their best performances in a long time in the second half and had Arsenal on the defensive for long stretches, and with any luck we could have taken at least a point and it would have been on merit.
Moussa Sissoko after scoring today
However that’;s still the third defeat ain a row and the fourth defeat and five games and still leave John Carver with just two wins in twelve games and we are now in 12th place on 35 points after 30 games after we were on 26 points after 19 games after the last game Pardew managed at Newcastle – the 3-2 win at home to Everton on December 28th.
Here’s John Carver’s record at Newcastle.
Here’s how we saw the game as it happened today:
After two minutes Newcastle had a quick breakaway through Moussa Sissoko who put the ball through the Ayoze Perez, but it was blocked – that was a good attacking piece of play by Newcastle.
It was a good first 20 minutes from Newcastle as they were defending well and attacking on the break and after 16 minutes Janmaat intercepted an Arsenal pass and went charging upfield and Sammy Ameobi’s cross was deflected for a corner.
After 22 minutes Aaron Ramsey had a decent chance but he mis-controlled the ball and it went for a goal kick.
Arsenal went ahead after 24 minutes when Cazorla took a free kick from the right and it was headed on by Danny Welbeck to Giroud who poked the ball past Krul and into the net with his left foot and Arsenal were 1-0 up.
Vurnon Anita was guarding the post but was a yard inside – which is where the ball went – poor defending by Anita.
In the next couple of minutes Arsenal created two or three good chances with the Newcastle defense stretched – but then after 28 minutes they went 2-0 up and it was a simple goal.
A Cazorla corner was met by Giroud who out muscled Mike Williamson to head the ball past Tim Krul and it was 2-0 and things were not looking good for Newcastle.
After 30 minutes a good run from Perez saw him fouled just outside the penalty area, but Ryan Taylor’s free kick was blocked and then cleared.
Arsenal were piling forward now and testing the Newcastle defense but Sissoko had a decent chance in the penalty area after 36 minutes but just couldn’t get his shot off.
Half time came and Arsenal were asking all the questions and it was a comfortable 2-0 lead for the visitors.
There were no changes made at halftime and four minutes into the second half a great move by Newcastle brough us a goal back.
Ryan Taylor and Cabella combined well down the right wing and Ryan put Cabella through on the right with a brilliant through ball, and the Frenchman pulled the ball back well and it was Moussa Sissoko who rammed the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1.
That was Moussa’ fourth goal of the season and he was having a good game – which he usually does when he’s captain for the day.
After 50 minutes Ayoze Perez tried a shot from just outside the penalty area and he was inches away form equalizing for Newcastle as the crowd were getting right behind the lads.
Newcastle were giving as good as they got in the second half and were surging forward at every opportunity with Sissoko leading the way and Ameobi, Cabella and Perez doing well.
Newcastle were coming alive and after 63 minutes Cabella was through on the right but his pull-back was turned away for a corner.
After 66 minutes Daryl Janmaat broke through the middle and his was only inched wide of a post as Newcastle were going all out for the equalizer.
After 71 minutes Newcastle made their first change as Jonas Gutierrez came on for Vurnon Anita, who had a decent enough second half.
Three minutes later and it was a brilliant run from Remy Cabella as he went past a number Arsenal defenders but his shot was deflected and Ospina was able to make the save.
After 81 minutes Remy Cabella seemed to be brough down in the box but the referee waved play on.
After 87 minutes Ayoze Perez again went close when his right foot shot was only just blocked by Ospina at his right hand post.
Adam Armstrong made a rare appearance on 89 minutes when he replaced Sammy Ameobi.
Newcastle were going all out for the equalizer but after four minutes of stoppage time the referee blew the final whistle and had done enough for a draw – but the pleasing thing with this game was the tremendous and gutsy fight back in the second half against the in-form team in the league.
There were several good performances from Newcatsle players but it was pleasing to see Daryl Janmaat have an excellent first game at center-back – maybe this is his best position?
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Jonas Gutierrez 71), Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi (Adam Armstrong 89), Ayoze Perez
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Lubomir Satka, Olivier Kemen, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla; Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck; Olivier Giroud
Substitutes: Wojciech Szczesny, Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott
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