Newcastle played their hearts out at the Emirates Stadium today but for the third game running we lost the game 1-0 and this time we went down to a 72nd winner from Laurent Koscielny, who guided the ball past Elliot from close range for a simple goal after Newcastle had several chances to take the lead but didn’t take them.
Laurent Koscielny – scored the winner after 72 minutes
We now fall even deeper into relegation trouble but the game turned on two brilliant saves from Petr Cech from Gini Wijnaldum – one if the first half with two minutes to go to the break and one after two minutes of the second half.
And if Gini had of taken those chances – clear chances – we could and should have taken something out of this game against a sluggish Gunners side.
But we lost again and didn’t score for the third game in succession.
Once again we created chances but for the third game running we have failed to score – but we looked a decent well organized team that cannot pick up points because we cannot score goals.
So maybe Mike Ashley needs to get a couple of strikers in during January.
Arsenal started well but Newcastle came into the game well and it was clear the lads were willing to attack the Gunners and we gave as good as we got in the first half that ended 0-0.
But we had a couple of chances to take the lead in the first 45 minutes but didn’t take them.
Almost immediately at the start of the second half a beautiful move from Newcastle saw Wijnaldum through on goals but Pete Cech made great save – but Gini should have scored from that clear opportunity.
Four minutes into the second half Mitrovic missed another good chance just a minute after Wijnaldum had missed – and the TV commentators mentioned then that Newcastle cannot keep missing these golden opportunities to go ahead.
But we did and of course then Arsenal got a chance after 72 minutes and they took it to win the game.
But Newcastle came after Arsenal in those last 20 minutes and Arsenal hung on for the win.
We only have ourselves to blame for not taking something out of this game – and we could easily have won the thing – unlikely as that seemed before the game.
You cannot accuse the Newcastle players of not playing well or giving 100% today – but we cannot get a goal and we cannot buy a win.
And we lost more ground in the relegation fight as Norwich won their third game in four as they beat Southampton 1-0 at home and they are now 6 points clear of Newcastle on 23 points.
Sunderland beat Aston Villa 3-1 to go within a couple of points of Newcastle and Bournemouth had a great 0-0 draw at Leicester City.
Newcastle are going to have to find ways to win games like these – but in the last three games we could have won every one of them and we end up with no points.
And in the last four games we have a single point and are deeper in relegation trouble after this loss to top of the table Arsenal.