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Rob Elliot Back In Goal For Newcastle

2:01 pm, Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 437 Comments

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Good news for Newcastle fans today that Rob Elliot is back in goal at the Emirates and will replace Karl Darlow.

Cheick Tiote as expected comes into the side in place of the injured Vurnon Anita, so we don’t have too bad a side out today.
Teams:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker (c), Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott; Olivier Giroud
Substitutes: David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel Paulista, Calum Chambers, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Alex Iwobi, Joel Campbell

Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Kevin Mbabu, Jamaal Lascelles, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Ivan Toney

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester)

So Rob has recovered from the stomach bug that forced him to miss the 1-0 defeat at West Brom last Monday.

Newcastle will play in the familiar 4-4-2 formation and it will be important that we start this game well and not let Arsenal get an early goal – and there’s no doubt they will be starting this game at a very fast tempo.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about Arsenal before the game today:

“It’s definitely one of our biggest tests of the season,” Arsenal have had some injuries but they’re still maintaining their form and getting results.”

“At this stage, I’d say they are certainly favorites for the title – but it’s only half-time.”

“But I believe in the squad that we have. They’ve shown already that they can compete with some of the biggest sides in the league and I expect them to put in a performance this weekend.”

“A collective organisation, good discipline and a certain amount of aggression will be required from us to get a result.”

Most fans think we will lose this game and that would be the 11th league defeat this season in 20 league games.

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437 responses so far ↓

  • 1 geordie157 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    as predicted then, can see Tiote and Colback being booked in the first 15mins

  • 2 almondrichie // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    this man keeps on surprising again and again…..baldie has told the players to be agrresive…we are definately going to be one man down at the 45th min and he would use that as an excuse…looks like a master plan…

  • 3 geordie157 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Carroll has just scored, so the Klopp revolution is going well so far. 2-0 to the Hammers

  • 4 Nufc-83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Colback should be dropped for thauvin and gini moved inside. Another game watching no stacks coming down the left with the opposition having a free run down that flank. Wenger must be lidding himself all he has to say is make sure we overload the right to cover sissokho and jaanmat which then makes the team totally ineffective going forward and we camp in our own half under constant pressure.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    wish he’d shut up about being physical.
    janmatt, mitro and tiote are red cards waiting to happen. Here’s a novel idea what about playing some football.

  • 6 colwell // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Same shite different week, hopefully this is the last time we have a central midfield consisting of 2 DM’S

  • 7 geordie157 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    How does Gouffran keep making the bench, put a cm on there instead ie Liam Smith….or even forgotten man Marveaux would be better at least he can create chances.

  • 8 Nufc-83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Sorry for spelling on phone that likes to correct

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    157

    tbf they’ve won their last 2. Klopp or SM..hmmm . . . .

  • 10 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    I try to be a glass half full person when it comes to football.

    Not today. This has hammering written all over it.

    Merse is spot on on sky earlier today

    “They’d need to kick arsenal off the pitch to get a 3-0. Loss out of this”

  • 11 colwell // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Why not play a central 3 of Gini, Sissoko and Tiote with Perez.Thauvin and Mitro in front actually try and worry teams for once. Today we will lose 4/5 nil which will hopefully kick the fat cnuts upstairs into gear.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    if we lose the next 2/3 will ash sack SM and replace with another defensive, long ball has been Brit manager with no plan B?

  • 13 optimistic prime // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    If Tiote gets a yellow he’s on a ban!

    Steeve will be bricking it, no wonder we’re looking at DM’s

  • 14 will die for the toon army // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    I cant believe thisc $h@t no changes its like the starters are untouchable.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    colwell

    that would just make far too much sense, this is SM we’re talking about.

  • 16 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Rotunda a squad worth well over 200 mill ver a squad that’s worth not even half that mmmm……..

  • 17 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    what a suprise

    sissoko___colback___tiote___wini

  • 18 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Joke team. 2 defensive midfielders playing. No creativity. A central midfielder playing on the left and a defensive midfielder playing on the right. We’ve go no chance today.

    Marveaux, Aarons, Riviere, Thauvin and Mbabu should all be starting.

    Colback and Dummett are only getting games because they’re English.

    The management’s a joke.

    Sack Steve and get in Sven or De Boer and sign 5 new first team players.

  • 19 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    We’re playing for a 0-0 but we’ll concede within the first 20 mins.

  • 20 MacToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Jib // Jan 1, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Looking at this lot training today it looks like Riviere and Thauvin may be starting

  • 21 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    I’m actyally quite shocked by Mclaren’s cowardice in not dropping colocinni
    I was his most vocal supporter on this blog when Ed and everyone else was pining for Remi Garde
    Words cant express how disappointed I feel

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    just seen mignolet do a jim montgomery double save moment from the 73 cup final. carroll ‘s scored 2 in 19 now!!

  • 23 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    toonbrother

    you didn’t just mention colo in a bad way did you? You need to up the dose.

  • 24 Toonfan8 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    I must admit, when Carroll is fit, he is very good striker…It is a shame that his injuries stopped his carreer, he should be English regular…he just need good cross…

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Manx

    so you really prefer sm over klopp

  • 26 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    This game has nil all written all over it.

  • 27 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    I am just happy to see that the formation isn’t 4-2-3-1. At least with a 4-4-2 that gives us a chance to hit them with sucker-punches.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Jorge Sampaoli is the man, but sadly I doubt if Carr, let alone Charnley have even heard of him.
    This club has been run by knackers for a very long time now.

  • 29 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    He’s just going on about being physical because Arsenal used to be scared of physical teams. But that was a few seasons ago. They don’t surrender to tough long ball teams anymore, and even if they did, we don’t have that many tough players.

    Steve “the tinkerman” McClaren making big changes as usual. It’s crucial that we keep this winning team unchanged.

  • 30 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Manxpie – Arsenal have a higher wage bill than Bayern Munich, that really puts it into perspective.

  • 31 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    No rotonda just pointing out the huge difference as klopp would struggle here as well

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    toonfan 8

    trouble is when teams work out how to stop crosses carroll is ineffective as his 2 in 19 shows.
    You need more arrows to your bow than just an arial threat

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    manx

    would loved to have seen him though, just to see some different tactics and attacking intent, rather than just sticking 10 behind the ball hoping to nick one in the last 15, which seems to have been the modus operandi for the last 5 years, no matter who the manager and Allardyce, Souness and dalglish before.

  • 34 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    ket

    you need to stick to fifa games.

    The real world arrons as only just got back into training and will be far more vunerable from injury.

    The real world marvo is a xisco, luque to us, he’s only hear because a move is not possible.

    The real world rivere is just back into training himself and his newcastle time makes him a french heskey

  • 35 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Charnley is as proactive as McClaren. The two of them will just stand and watch as we go down and do nothing but mumble and pray for some luck. If we get anyone, we’ll bring in Moyes, another negative manager who’s playing style won’t be welcome at St. James.

    Swansea seem to be linked with lots of progressive modern managers. They always find someone decent which is why they do well on a budget and we are awful. We always rescue the likes of Kinnear, Pardew and McClaren from managerial oblivion.

  • 36 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Is Rob playing in rubber shorts or is he over his case of the grips?

  • 37 bladeuser // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    TOONFAN8
    Carroll is not a good striker if he could not head a ball he would ne a hairdresser that’s his only attribute apart from being a duckweed
    ASH OUT
    SMAC OUT
    COLO OUT
    SHEEP ? Out

  • 38 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    wow he has been brave

    let me guess, sit and defend for 80 mins , hope they dont score, the throw thauvan on for 5 mins

  • 39 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    That’s the thing tho rotonda he’s on about 5-6 mill a year Steve probably isn’t on that for his whole contract you get Wat you pay for and Ashley doesn’t pay the going rate for anything

  • 40 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Looking at the West Ham v Lpool game it’s rainy in the London area. ๐Ÿ™‚
    This is called clutching at straws ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 41 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    I think arsenal will slaughter us today. I’m going for a 4-1 arsenal win.

  • 42 Sack Llambias // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Mac Tool

  • 43 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Shelvey not even on the bench today surely he wants to have a chance of the euros go get him charnley ya useless fusk

  • 44 firebug666 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    ilovetoon8788

    I love that optimism, thinking we will actually score one.

    I’m going for a 4 or more Arsenal win, I think we will get tortured off them today.

  • 45 Slank // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Anybody got streaming links to the game ?

    The following website I used to always use is showing nothing:
    http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

  • 46 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    A simple tactical change with the same group of players could yield a much better team performance

    Put Wijnaldum in the middle 3 with Tiote and Colback

    Put Perez on the left wing as he was signed as a winger/attacking midfielder he will get plenty of chances to attack on the counter !

    Personally I would have went for a gamble and put Sissoko , Tiote and Wijnaldum in the middle 3 and Thauvin and Perez on the wings

    If its the same tactics as against West Brom we will get embarrassed

  • 47 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Doom and gloomers reign supreme today ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m hoping for a draw.

    ๐Ÿ˜

  • 48 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    @slank

    I use

    vipleague.is

    Seems to always work for me for 3pm kick offs!

  • 49 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    http://www.vipbox.tv/football/311435/1/arsenal-vs-newcastle-united-live-stream-online.html

  • 50 MacToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Oh how Bwave Sack Llambias!

  • 51 firebug666 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Slank

    I’m using sopcast, with an external Acestream media engine, and the picture is HD perfect though the commentary is Bulgarian.

  • 52 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Do you actually think Shelvey would make that much difference? The best thing about that would be not playing colback and tiote together

  • 53 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    See Tubbs has applied for planning permission for the land at Strawberry Place – as expected nothing in respect of extending the ground.
    I personally will be writing a letter of objection to the City Council.

  • 54 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Oh no Dutch bloke with funny name on the left again….

  • 55 nightfa11 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    mclaren must be mentally challenged.. same line up & formation every week.. seriously?

  • 56 Slank // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Thanks chaps

  • 57 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Yeah Shelvey is a more complete midfielder great vision and scores goals proper box to box

  • 58 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Mr Tuff
    the council ignore letters from mental institutions as a matter of course ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • 59 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    http://www.cdn.com.do/envivo/?p=cdn2

    No adverts or shit on this , commentary in Spanish.

  • 60 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Nice Pavel is a geordie shirts for the pregame

  • 61 Douglas // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    I’m going for 3-0. Then in the second half …..

  • 62 Brutooon // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    prediction:

    giroud will score (most probably from SLOW and AGEING Colo mistake)

    Walcott will run all night at right wing ( with SLOW dumbest struggling)

    we will get 20-30% of possession

  • 63 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Nice touch that like

  • 64 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Same as everyone else… frustrated by the lack of variety and tactical nous from McClaren. We must be the easiest side to predict the line-up against. Also can’t help but think our best chance today will be crosses and counter-attacks. Thauvin could have helped !

    One quick thought… has de Jong ever started with either Perez or Mitrovic? It seems McClaren sees our striking options as Cisse+ de Jong or Perez + Mitrovic.

  • 65 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    RH33

    The appointment of souness himself was an appointment where we fans deserve so blame, the appointment of souness himself was the result of fans going way over the top at the time of sir bobby robson, we were all turning on his back and screaming at bad form therefore he gets the sack and see the new arrival and it was from that moment on we went on a bigger and bigger slide.

    I still to this day ask myself weather we would have been as we are had bobby robson been kept as manager retiring at his own time.

  • 66 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Jib – judging by your comments on here I expect you’ll be writing to the council in support of an application which will ensure our ground can never be extended.
    I’ll be doing my bit to thwart the fatman and to try to ensure we progress in the future.

  • 67 Slank // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    just found the live match on my TV.

    Channel Six, Danish I think,

  • 68 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Steve101183
    I don’t scapegoat Colo. He deserves all the criticism he gets. I also regularly deride Jamnutz who’s hopeless defensively and not much better going forward. He gets himself in advanced positions and wastes it more often than not. Then he can only manage a jog back.

  • 69 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Its good to have Elliott back

  • 70 Douglas // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    1 minute gone and we still havent conceded!

  • 71 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Dutch bloke not playing on the left yay

  • 72 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Perez on the left then

  • 73 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    4-4-2? Yeah right, what is Perez doing down the left flank and Mitro isolated on his own.

  • 74 MacToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    It appears that no one is Belfast.

  • 75 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Colback can get forward quite well, not the most creative, but when allowed, he’ll get in to the box, push on to the byline and go beyond the STs. Hopefully with Tiote in there today he can do more of that, because his first 6 months here he was a proper box-to-box midfielder and that was when we saw his best form, since then he’s obviously been told to reign it in, but high pressing suits him because he’s not the best positionally.

    Still gonna get beat ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 76 ochytoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Thauvin should be on ahead of Perez

  • 77 peterk3 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Dummett out position twice already

  • 78 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Perez fallen over twice already. Need to check those boots

  • 79 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    the next mike

    he must be running out of options when it comes to finding managers who can be appointed at ourselfs inhopeof being brought back into the game.

    Perhaps sir alex ferguson will want a chance, maybe morineo wants to come to a team like ourselves to prove he can get teams out of bad situations providing him more reason to remain at teams like his last one.

  • 80 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    If McClaren wants to play 4-2-3-1, at least have the testicles to admit it.

  • 81 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Perez was just practicing his Klinssman mactoon chill

  • 82 Laurent Robert The Legend // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Damn it!!..Dummet.

  • 83 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Stroll in the park for arsenal today. We need to up the tempo. We are giving arsenal far too much resoerespect.

  • 84 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Klinnsman*

  • 85 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    If we don’t upgrade colo this month and get a centre back in, we are screwed.

  • 86 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Dummets good when stationary and blocking shots bit when a winger is runnong at him he is often exposed.
    Prob why a lot of fans want to see him as a CB

  • 87 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    I remember watching Match of the Day years ago and Spurs were on.
    I had to go for a scoot and as I walked past the tv I brushed it with my hip and Klinnsman fell over.

  • 88 peterk3 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Dummet getting out of position and leaving perez to play left back.

  • 89 Munster Mag // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Ochy , Thauvin should not be on ahead of PErez IMO. No way.

  • 90 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Seriously, ayoze defensive positioning is absolutely rubbish and he’s going to cost us a goal eventually unless something is done.

  • 91 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Just a matter of time until Arsenal use Dummett’s poor positioning to breach the hull.

  • 92 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    We’re totally out classed in every area.
    We are poor.

  • 93 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Armstrong has scored again

  • 94 Obertans_on_roids // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    As much as i don’t like saying it, Gouffran is the only man for the job that Perez isn’t doing.

  • 95 Douglas // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    15 minutes gone. No goal against … suprise. Tiote no booking…miracle

  • 96 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Why does Mitrovic ever try dribbling past players? Never looks like going past a man. Stick to your abilities.

  • 97 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    At least we’re trying to play the ball

  • 98 ochytoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Munster
    On lw I think. Not sure Perez is disciplined enough to provide the cover Dummet needs

  • 99 peterk3 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Perez is not a left winger. Thauvin would have been better there.

  • 100 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Ancient – you can’t blame Dummett entirely. Pretty much every game he or whoever happens to be playing LB has to mark at least 2 players at a time.Not having any proper designated wide midfielders (who make the team) means the guys who fill in here (in this case Perez but normally Gini) aren’t really sure what role they should be doing defensively and let players run past them.

    As we all know, the primary benefit of Gutierrez was his ability to be a defensive LM.

  • 101 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    WTF was that Gini?

  • 102 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    We have been keeping the ball well. Problem is, we don’t know what to do with it. And end losing it in awhile.

  • 103 jordijohnty // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    demerai gray to leicester ยฃ3.7m. Having a medical another delli alli we missed out on

  • 104 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    tino – yes, Dummett isn’t getting much help from Perez. Something that needs looked at, at half-time.

  • 105 Komag // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Colback …

  • 106 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    match of he day isn’t appearing to have much goals still 0-0 in all 6 fixtures

  • 107 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    At least Perez offers us something going forward

  • 108 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    ever went to HT without a single goal

  • 109 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Got up the field – cross was on then they started placking the ball back??????

  • 110 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    A draw at Sunderland would help.

  • 111 TudorCrisps // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Dummett has one foot his left have u ever seen him pass with a right? Jesus Christ

  • 112 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    how many fouls does chamberlin get before he gets a card? 5? 6?

  • 113 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Don’t want to taint it but tiote has been brilliant so far.

    Also Perez should play on the wing if this is what he can do. Never knew he could tackle.

  • 114 ochytoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Think we look a lot better with Gini as CAM

  • 115 TudorCrisps // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Colback is a useless ginger c u next Tuesday, instead of crossing into the box send the ball all the way back

  • 116 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    We got this development forward from the Canaries for peanuts .
    He just turns out to be the most versatile gifted young football player seen on Tyneside for years.
    I’m sure if they asked Ayoze to play in goal he’d do a canny job !!!

  • 117 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Yep no booking

  • 118 Obertans_on_roids // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    3 intentional fouls by Oxlaide-Chamberlain!!

  • 119 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    This looks much better need to capitalise on it tho

  • 120 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    first goal now scored
    1-0 scums

    armstrong has scoed 2 today

  • 121 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Tudor Crisps when does your team play?
    Ah I see.
    Your’e at home to Villa ๐Ÿ™

  • 122 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Armstrong’s second of the day. Well clear now at the top of the scoring charts.

  • 123 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    I think it’s proof.

    Anita can play some tidy stuff and Colback can hassle players but we have really missed this tiote to anchor the midfield and protect the defence.

    Notice how his presence is allowing us to play the ball a bit more a well as allowing colo to stay in position.

  • 124 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    At least we’re getting into the game, good to see.

  • 125 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Elliot is enjoying himself, winding the Arsenal fans up by stalling his goal kicks. lol

  • 126 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    good to know taylor brought the yellow cards, thought he might have left them in the dressing room

  • 127 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Well done little Jacky , take one for the team.

  • 128 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Daft Colback

    They had nobody up and we had 3 back already. Thinks he was been smart.

    Just before that Mitrovic should have given Perez the 2.

  • 129 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Wasted!!!

  • 130 TudorCrisps // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Useless ginger makkum

  • 131 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    So ox intentionally stops Perez going forward with a bad dangerous tackle no yellow card
    colback does the same apart from it beinga bad ddangerous tackle a yellow card!!!

  • 132 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Jib – shut it with the commentary – a rugby player trying to give a commentary does not work – clearly as you know nowt about football.
    You need to change your game – netball recommended.

  • 133 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Greedy Mitro, all he had to do was play Wijanldum in, we would probably be going into the break 1 up.

  • 134 Sliema // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley

    You cannot let Arsenal break on you in that situation. Very smart from Colback. A lot better than going a goal down.

  • 135 the broons // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    if i see anyone on here has a go at Sissoko and not a dicky bird about how shit Colback is then am gonna report every single comment for being a divvy that doesn’t watch football but instead jumps on the bandwagon.

  • 136 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Cmon lads. Stay disciplined.

    Colo beginning to drift out of position.

  • 137 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Again we’re showing signs of a team who can be a threat, again it’s against a top team who’ll have more players up the pitch proving ourselves the space to create our own chances. It signs get clearer every week we’re not capable of breaking down defensive teams and don’t have the wingers to provide us those high crosses into the box for a striker to head.

  • 138 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Damn we’ve had a few decent chances lately

  • 139 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Where has this Tiote come from? He’s playing like the old days

  • 140 Tayls // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Tiote gets slated on here but it you have accept he is much better as our anchor than both Colback and Anita.

  • 141 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Somehow dominant, yet nowt to show once again.

  • 142 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Broons- what are you talking about? Colback and Tiote have been our best players this half. Colo not far behind.

  • 143 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Two GREAT tackles Colo

  • 144 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Tiote & Collo – top drawer first half.

  • 145 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Good half but we’ll probably pay for missing those chances.

  • 146 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Somebody needs to kick Tiote in the heid every week

  • 147 Douglas // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    My glasses arnt working. I’m seeing 0-0.

  • 148 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Looks like we have a chance… naysayers must be burning for Arsenal to score a they can Slag off everyone.

  • 149 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Tiote has been absolutely brilliant today. Like a brick wall arsenal can’t get through. We need this Tiote and a creative central midfielder. Maybe Tiote and Gini in the centre. Not against arsenal here of course but against the lesser teams. Might be better.

  • 150 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    It may be nil nil but this is easily one of the best 45 mins of football we’ve played this season.

    Some of the possession play has been great to watch. Tight passes, one twos.

    We just need to keep at what we are doing and the chances will come.

    Arsenal will grow impatient and give us more space at the back as the game goes on. They know they have to keep picking up 3 points to win the league.

    Highlights
    Tiote has looked fantastic.
    Colo has made some key tackles.
    Perez and Gini linking up together very well.
    Colback has done some good things and bad.
    Sissoko is driving us forward when giving chances.

    We need to get more quality crosses in when given the chance though. Arsenal are hard to break down in the middle. But their full back are almost as undisciplined as janmaat.

    Monreal and bellerin are both dangerous on the attack but they have errors in them defensively.

  • 151 SPRINGY // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    decent 1st half keep it up lads….nice play strong tackling first to the ball….well played…nice to see a decent tiote again

  • 152 Bambams // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    It’s only 45 mins but it’s 45 mins of very good performances from most of the team.
    Please take one of our chances !

  • 153 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Just need Gina to hook up with Mitro and we’re ahead by 1!

  • 154 Nufc-83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Tiote has come back from the dead and makes a huge difference to the cm area.. Exactly what we needed. Gini looks much better in that can role aswell he is a big threat from crosses and with mitro in there we need to get some quick wingers with good delivery and that could really cause problems for most teams.

  • 155 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    i’m happy enough to keep the team as it currently stands don’t need to make any subs, the two CDM give help to the back and arsenal aren’t as crammed in the box.

    certainly not an exciting general football day.
    11 of 16 PL and championship games 0-0 and scums only home goal scorers

  • 156 archaeomag // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Crisp passing & effective pressing – Who are these guys ?

  • 157 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Ilovetoon

    Spot on.

    If tiote can stay fit and performing like this then we can drop colback and anita for the “lesser” teams and shift moussa and Gini Central allowing us to get thauvin on the pitch. Or keep moussa wide and get de Jong on.

  • 158 BandB // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    This is why we won’t get relegated.
    These “top” teams think we are a lot poorer than we are, and today we are very decent and putting them to shame for commitment..
    If we had a creative player and a couple more who made their minds up more quickly, we could be ahead here.

  • 159 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Just seen the scum goal jammy jammy barstewards plus Armstrong with a hatrick

  • 160 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Off the ball movement and patience in possession has been on another level to what we’ve seen from us so far this season, seems Schteve has finally realised the break neck counter-attacks being our only approach doesn’t cut it.

  • 161 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    my only concern is we are lop sided, everything is going down the right hand side,
    Perez seems not ot have a real place on the pitch, not a winger or a MF or a FW, just on the pitch.

    Colo has been magnificent again,, and in reality, the guy has been our player of the season so far,, been very poor at times, but then most of the team was playing poor in the same matches, but he has been very very good in a lot of our games too

  • 162 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Lfguauad good summary

  • 163 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Very decent half. First five minutes we had no organisation but then settled well.

    Only criticism is that Jamnutz’ final ball isn’t good enough. We lose possession and Arsenal are on for a quick break. Colback can’t repeat the trick or do anything rash now. As soon as Jamnutz hits the delivery, which has got be much better, he should sprint back.

    The stick Dummett gets is OTT. Far better defender than Jamnutz.

  • 164 Our Toon // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Tiote best player on the pitch, hopefully it continues….just goes to show what a difference a DM can make. Colback daft yellow to pick up, Giroud was the only player forward, hardly going to beat 3 nufc defenders for pace or skill….but he’ll get a free pass because it’s jack, how many yellows is that now for the numpty?

    Gini looks much better behind the striker, we get alot more from him than Perez in that position.

  • 165 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Catchy as i said earlier he’s been great since dummet had been on the team as he doesn’t have to babysit or worry about a LB being out of position
    looks like the colo of old

  • 166 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    before everyone gets worked up about tiote, lets keep in mind, this is only an audition to him. He always wanted a ars move, which is why hes at his best against them. Lets hope we can cash in and move on from him.

  • 167 Nufc-83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Arsenal will now push up and put us under much more pressure so we won’t have the time in this midfield areas…..lets see how they cope with that but whatever happens I am happy to see the team playing this way.

  • 168 Thump // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    We’ve certainly grown into the game, but luck doesn’t seem to be on our side (Chamberlain probably shouldn’t be on the pitch, for example).

    Either way, we looked dangerous before the break. Let’s hope it continues well into the second half. Can actually see us nicking a point here.

  • 169 Pottsclock // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Good half from us once we had survived the first 10mins.
    Colback needs to learn the reverse pass because Janmaat has had some clear space on a few occasions which should have been used better.
    Tiote has indeed looked something of his previous self

  • 170 Moonraker15 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    This club will not get relegated, whatever the result today! I’m proud of that 45 minutes and sure we can build on it. Tiote holding! What a difference !
    HWTL

  • 171 nut meg // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    I’ve got a Thai or Burmese commentary.are fans jeering or is it my ears?

  • 172 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Watching the game on Spanish tv
    Half – time feature on Barry Venison with some great Toon archive footage.
    He now has an american accent and is still footy connected with Orange County Blues soccer team.
    http://ocbluesfc.com/www/images/BarryVenison1.png

  • 173 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Can we play well for 90+ minutes? There’s a first time for everything, I suppose.

  • 174 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Catchy
    Colo. You’re having a laugh. He had a decent game against Everton and again today. But at any time he’s liable to go AWOL and not do his job. He’s cost us so many goals this season.

  • 175 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Manx

    the sad fact is, Dummett has to babysit who ever plays in front of him as he is always exposed, which makes him look much worse than he is,

    he is not a LB, he is doing his best though

  • 176 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    If you’re macca how long do you leave Colback in with the yellow? That’s my worry a second yellow on Jack.

  • 177 Nufc-83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    If we had a really mint attacking lw player dummet would (I suppose) be acceptable as that player would cause all the problems down the left and he would provide defensive cover. What we need at the moment is a balanced good defender and good attacking lb like jaanmat as the left side is just so bad and the team unbalanced.

  • 178 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Just please not another heartbreaking, spirited defeat.

  • 179 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    How many opportunities are we going to miss

  • 180 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Gini how can you miss that?! We are not taking our chances 3 games in a row!!!!

  • 181 sparky55 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Another post match interview coming where he’ll say we played well but were unlucky yet again.

    2-0 Arsenal at best….both by Giroud and Ozil will rip Dummet a new arse.

    Why…because we’re just not good enough and they can bring on three premiership class subs and we didn’t even have 3 premiership players on from the start.

  • 182 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Gini…..Gini…..Gini…….. ARGH! Took too long and Cech did well at rushing out to him.

  • 183 TheToonKing // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    missing cleat cut chances again…. this is our downfall

  • 184 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Resident of Willowdale
    I would be tempted to bring on M’Babu for Ginger Jack.
    A point here and against Man U would be fab.

  • 185 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Ffs that should of been 1-0

  • 186 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Another miss by mitrovic!! We might be punish today for missing these clear cut chances.

  • 187 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    This is getting ridiculous

  • 188 TheToonKing // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    I just about had it with Mitro….

  • 189 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Make that 2-0

  • 190 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Man u just scored on Swansea good news therw.

  • 191 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    We’re lacking an experienced striker

  • 192 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Can see what Gini was trying and it would’ve worked against almost anyother keeper than cech, butland, hart and de gea and elliott of course. Tried going unr the keeper.

    This games Will open up now and chances will come for both teams. We need to make them count.

  • 193 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Mitro is a poor finisher, I think that’s clear now after 6 missess on the spin over 4 matches where you’d expect a PL striker to score. He’s a decent focal point, but then so is Riviere.

  • 194 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    take colo out and we have a top 4 side

  • 195 will die for the toon army // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Same old newcastle missing chances, our forwards have really let us down these last 3 games. Those are 4 one on ones in one game

  • 196 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    We need a new ST, I’m sorry. If Mitro alone would’ve taken his chances over the past few weeks, we wouldn’t be in such a mess.

  • 197 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Toonbrother

    I pray you are a troll or you are just being ridiculous.

  • 198 Our Toon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Gini should have lifted it, mitro chance, it’s hit at him at thigh height, how the hell is he meant to score that. He did the only thing he could and hope it went in off him

  • 199 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Seeing the best and orse of us today… we need to take our chances.

    De Jong vs Villa (also Perez and Gini)
    Mitrovc vs Everton
    Gini today

    all absolutely golden chances…we could and should be 4/5 points better off over the course of 4 games!

  • 200 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    How are we missing these? Pulling my hair out.

  • 201 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    I disagree with the Gini criticism.

    Lifting it is a harder skill. I think credit needs to go to cech for that save.

    Confidence is low. You can see why you’d try and slip it under rather than over.

  • 202 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Arsenal playing with 12 men

  • 203 TheToonKing // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    these refs are fu3king us over…

  • 204 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Brace yourselves lads.

    This game is going to get ridiculous.

  • 205 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Well at least the players look somewhat up to this. Little hesitation on finishing tho..

  • 206 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Ref is very fair so far, what you on about?

  • 207 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    These are the games that hurt more when you eventually lose. Probably concede at 80 mins+ and get nothing out of the game.

  • 208 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    tiote has been excellent in central defence

  • 209 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Mitrovic just might net one

  • 210 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Coming up to the hour mark
    Time to think about subs

  • 211 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Janmaat needs to watch himself as went has put Walcott on him.

  • 212 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Norwich one goal down.

  • 213 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    That Flamini is a durty sneaky bastid

  • 214 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    its only a matter of time till colo;s lack of pace gets exploited
    only a matter of time

  • 215 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Would like to see thauvin today. Perez has been in and out today.

  • 216 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Bit like you Jib.

  • 217 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Thauvin on I rckon.

    He’s french and our french players love to turn up against arsenal.

    I think they all dream of playing for wenger.

  • 218 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Looks like we’re falling off the pace a bit… worrisome

  • 219 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Cmon who can slot this free kick. Gini?

  • 220 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    jog on toonbrother…he has been great

  • 221 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Wenger has become a sad whiney old man.
    He’d fit right in on this blog ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 222 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Maybe we should try colo up top.

    He’s our most in form striker

  • 223 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    OMG Chancel son

  • 224 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Really enjoying this game despite the frustration of not scoring

  • 225 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Mbemba. Atleast should be in target. Another bad miss. Hope we don’t get punished.

  • 226 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Seriously though.

    Let’s not be silly Center backs. Stay in position.

  • 227 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Nice try Mbemba

  • 228 TheToonKing // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    we’re playing incredibly good (compared to our regular standard) , we really really need a goal for it.

  • 229 sparky55 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    We’re playing well today but the writing’s on the wall. As soon as we make a sub the dynamic will change and we’ll concede..

  • 230 2_goal_tino // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Swashbuckling from Colo and Mbemba!!! I can’t decide whether I love it because it brings back memories of Albert or am annoyed by their recklessness

  • 231 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Villa equalise!

  • 232 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    I cannot remember the last time we turned to Arsenal and had them on the ropes.

  • 233 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    chamberlin escapes w/out yellow, but janmat gets one, unreal. A taylor is a peice of garbage

  • 234 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Horrible feeling that janmaat yellow will haunt us and he’ll get sent off.

  • 235 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Thavin on for Colback around 80 minutes – throw caution to the wind.

  • 236 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Mclaren is always so afraid to make a sub..

  • 237 sing in the corner // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Keep it up lads, Emirates sounding like the Highbury Library of old

  • 238 AK Malaysia // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    3 clear cut chances… and players still cant converted them… wont be blaming McClaren tonite if we cant win tonite…

  • 239 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Cambell in we need to make a sub of our own… Thank in maybe

  • 240 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    swansea got a goal back 1-1 against united

    ron norwich are still 0-0.

  • 241 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    lol as expected

  • 242 AK Malaysia // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Huh!! And they scored..

  • 243 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Mitrovic gone in to his lazy mode. Colback pressing like a blue arse fly, while Mitro jogs towards his man then stops and walks.

    Now a goal. efinitely going down. Can’t keep playing well and losing.

  • 244 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Colo was always going to lose the header but what was perez doing? Asleep?

  • 245 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    colocinni never fails to disappoint
    What a PATHETIC header
    PATHETIC

  • 246 Belfast // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    So predictable

  • 247 TheToonKing // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    of course…it was obvious…

    missed chances again…

  • 248 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    just as swansea go 1-1 we go 1-0 behind.

    forget creating chances today it’s certainly a fault of poor finishing.
    scum now 2-1 ahead.

  • 249 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Swansea just equalized damnit

  • 250 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Character test now

  • 251 sing in the corner // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Dammit…still time to get something though…HWTL

  • 252 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    8 minutes earlier than i thought but was always going to happen, expect another before FT

  • 253 ochytoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Sissoko didn’t track Koscielny, poor

  • 254 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    perez caught out there

  • 255 toon22 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Game over.

  • 256 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    So predictable…

    davetoon
    January 2, 2016
    At least you know the players will try today on tv against a big opponent. Not expected to win so no pressure. Will likely be 0-0 for most of the game probably with arsenal nicking it late

  • 257 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    so sad
    take out the liability in dfence
    and we have a top 4 side

  • 258 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Nooooooooo

  • 259 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Ffs so undeserved unbelievable

  • 260 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Perez does not have a role in the team if he is to play LW

  • 261 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    I cannot understand mclaren and his refusal to use sub until 80 or 90th minute.

  • 262 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    could it get any worse
    1-0 norwich!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 263 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    0 points from the last 3 matches
    Man U next

  • 264 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    surely we hav ea goal in us… we’ve had some decent plays on the attack

  • 265 Our Toon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Ayoze Perez to blame, all he has to do is play the ball, instead he tries to hold off koscielny. Shocking from him

  • 266 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Why are there no subs warming up on the sideline? Am I missing something here. 1-0 down , 75 minutes in.

  • 267 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    And the scum and Norwich score Ffs! !!!!

  • 268 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Suddenly it’s all gone pear-shaped.

  • 269 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Colo v the big man. The big man every time. But you lot still won’t have it. You’ll say it wasn’t Colo’s fault.

  • 270 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Toonbrother

    Will you fcuk off mate, you’re boring you irritating tit, he’s been one of our best performers last 4 or 5 games you blinded obsessive annoyance to the blog

  • 271 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Aleksandar Mitrovic needs to GO OFF. He is not helping alot infront of Goal and he miss again.

    Unfortunately, is poor marking by Perez.

  • 272 will die for the toon army // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    We are getting relegated we cant score we cant defend.

    RELEGATION MATERIAL

  • 273 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    I love to on and ancientc I wanted a sub when Arsenal took Chamberlain off… don’t know what Macca waited for!

  • 274 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    I dont blame colo, I blame ayoze. Ayoze has been very poor all game. He needed to be sub but as usual mclaren doesn’t make any subs.

  • 275 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    hate to say i told you so
    but truth is i did
    What a sad cheap goal to give away
    you are only as good as your weakest link
    especially when your weakest link is your captain
    regards
    sGitr

  • 276 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    “Despite some spirited play, NUFC’s failure to capitalise on goal scoring chances gifted the game to Arsenal, etc., etc. …”

  • 277 TheToonKing // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Starting to think we might need a Striker. Mitro is not ready. He’s missed sitters in every games this past month. And we’ve lost points because of it.

    we really don’t deserve the results we’ve been getting….

  • 278 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Colback off Thauvin on

  • 279 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Moussa’s head has completely dropped. Not good to see.

  • 280 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    maybe McClaren prefers the FIFA strategy of starting with your best and never subbing unless someone gets injured

  • 281 Our Toon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    We’ve played well no matter what happens in this game. Most of us were expecting a hammering. Take it on the chin and take the positives as there are alot

  • 282 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    AncientC // Thauvin on for Colback around 80 minutes โ€“ throw caution to the wind.

    Well called

  • 283 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    with colocinni in the line up RELEGATION IS A CERTAINTY!

  • 284 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Drop SDJ, form goes to shite!

    I’d sell Mitrovic immediately. We’ve been had by Graham Carr’s Football Manager scouting strategy.

  • 285 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    How we miss a demba ba striker

  • 286 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Cheick Tiote is injured.

  • 287 cyprus // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Congratulations to my team for outplaying the champions

  • 288 TudorCrisps // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    That sub should have been made 5 10 minutes ago why bring a player on this late on when all the players are shattered and heads in the sand off being a goal down is beyond mclaren out colback dummet out

  • 289 sing in the corner // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Need to hoy Siem on too. We need a goal,don’t die not knowing…

  • 290 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    “Ayoze has been very poor all game”?
    Are you off your meds?
    He has been one of our best

  • 291 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    0 points once again after such a gallant display by perez, tiote, jamaat, perez, gini,, colback, elliot, dummett, mbemba and sissoko
    sickening stuff

  • 292 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    I’m with Our Toon.

  • 293 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Thauvin on now when needs him 10 minutes ago…
    At least Man U have gone ahead

  • 294 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Mackems and Norwich winning, Swansea and Bournemouth draw – we’re down!

  • 295 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    An Arsenal player whining about diving ?????
    Ha ha ha

  • 296 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    The two weaknesses I’ve been highlighting for do long are evident again today. Colo a liability. Hasn’t got the stature to compete against the ubiquitous big men (remember that word Jib?) and goes AWOL. And no firepower which so many of you wouldn’t accept.

  • 297 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    never have i seen a central defender so easily outleapt in the middle of the 6 yard
    never in all my life!
    Colo = pure unadulterated garbage

  • 298 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Our biggest weakness again is upfront we can’t score for sh1t

  • 299 sing in the corner // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Well said there out toon.
    It’s frustrating behind behind late into the game once again but we have pushed a rather out of sorts arsenal pretty well. Players are not feeling sorry for themselves and downing tools like they have in the past.

  • 300 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    I missed the first half, but the Perez-Mitrovic synergy has definitely not been happening in the second half. Mitro looks alone most the time.

  • 301 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Can Siem be a game changer ?

  • 302 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    The Lung on for Mr T.

  • 303 will die for the toon army // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Am tired of having hope coz we have had chances. We will get relegated. You have to score to get points

  • 304 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    3:20 seconds to change the game De Jong.

  • 305 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Mclaren makes a sub in the 87 min. Seriously I hate mclaren for the way he utilises subs.

  • 306 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    I think some of you have your RAS firmly keyed onto Colo. We’re looking at a 1-0 loss with not too many Arsenal chances. Not sure how justified people are to trash him today.

    Course there’s always time to screw up ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 307 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    What we need is just a goal.

    Someone need to hold the Midfield for now.

  • 308 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    koscielny – class
    colociini – trash
    with colocinni in the line up RELEGATION IS A CERTAINTY!

  • 309 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Bit difficult to be a game changer when you get all of 3 minutes. The less time a sub is on the pitch, the narrower the odds they can change the game.

  • 310 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Nice try Gini… when is the ball going to fall our way! Good of Gini to get in there…

  • 311 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Thank you, Ashley, for ruining my Christmas/New Year holidays.

  • 312 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    The problem is that we only try like this against the big sides when on tv. These are the hardest games to win so we can play good like today and still lose

    and also losing to lesser sides means that we give them points which help them pull away drom us

  • 313 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    I cannot believe the posterss faulting colo for their goal. He did his job to an extent. Unfortunately Perez witched off.

  • 314 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Thauvin looks so much more stronger in challenges and such he needs to start next game

  • 315 bladeuser // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    OUR TOON
    What u on take the positives it’s reality
    0 points beaten again relegation so what we were not hammered arsenal could beat us 1-0 West ham could score 5 can’t u see its o F@@@@@@ points u title
    ASH OUT
    SMAC OUT
    COLO OUT
    SHEEP ? Out

  • 316 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Doom and groomers quiet for a while back in force I see…

  • 317 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    lol ok Colo got tricked there..

  • 318 sparky55 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Colo has always been the weak link…he’ll have the odd good game here and there but more often than not we’ll come unstuck with him in the team.

    It’s simple maths…count the cost of his mistakes and not being able to challenge or jump and at the end of the year when we go down by three or four points you’ll find Colo has cost us our place in the premiership.

    He’s a pathetic coward who won’t put his neck or well-being on the line for the team.

  • 319 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Colo has missed 3 important challenge today. Lucky they didn’t finish. Colo defending is thrash really. The amount of times player just skip pass him like he wasn’t there.

  • 320 will die for the toon army // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    I have been impressed with Thauvin.

    Colo worst one on one defender

  • 321 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Thaivin is unadulterated shite.

    Somehow worse than Cabella. Only been on 10 mins and looks weaker and slower than most out there.

  • 322 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    @306 89Norcal
    What you have said is even more damning evidence of colocinnis incompetence

    Weve completely dominated Arsenal in midfield and limited them to a few opportunities

    They couldnt have done more for CoLo in terms of providing protectiion for him

    All they asked of him was to deal with EASY threats like the one that resulted in the goal but the guy is INCOMPETENT

  • 323 TheToonKing // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Why the hate for Colo today ? He’s had a good game. Yeah, lost that header to Giroud, many CB’s would. Goal wasn’t just his fault.

    We’re loosing because we’re not taking our chances to score.

    Another good performance and still another loss. not looking good.

  • 324 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    @LGFUAD21

    it’s like I said, they’ve all started hyper-analyzing Colo’s play. Kompany could make some of the same mistakes and they wouldn’t make a peep.

    He’s been poor in the past but he did not look poor today.

  • 325 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Open ya eyes bloggers there is only 1 poster blaming colo ignore him simple as that

  • 326 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Ramsey made a complete fool out of COlo there again

  • 327 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    @toonbrother

    protection for colo? I just don’t follow man. Don’t try to propose Tiote doing his job is protection for Colo now!

  • 328 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    HAHAHAHAH!

    Colo aint great, wish we’d got rid in the summer, but look at the other end for losing points, Mitro is trash and should be discarded

  • 329 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    @toonbrother

    Perez was the one near Koscielny but he didn’t even try.

    Nice effort by SDJ there lol

  • 330 MacToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Another shame but we are not making our own luck, in fact, with McClaren’s late substitutions he’s handicapping our chances.
    Still, we’ve got to take our chances especially against the likes of Arsenal.
    Blackley and toonbotherer really showing their ignorance.

  • 331 Thump // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Did Cech play particularly well, or is our finishing still that poor?

  • 332 daztoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    See loonbrother has been let out again

  • 333 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Feel disappointed with all those chances we had missed but did’t expect the win to begin with.

    i’m away.

  • 334 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Anyone who criticises that team we put out today needs to give their heids a wobble.

  • 335 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    It should be interesting to hear if Wenger believes his side deserved those 3 points.

    I have few complaints about the performance, Arsenal should be beating us on their home ground. I am just getting a bit tired of all this luck we don’t get.

  • 336 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    LOL fabianski’s header, almost

  • 337 willowdalerez // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Well played… horrible subs by Macca. Anyway another missed chance.

  • 338 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    We got punished not putting our chance away. We can’t go on saying anymore that we played well played good can’t put our chances, unlucky etc. We need points now and it’s getting desperate.

  • 339 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    I’m still keeping faith in mitro

    Yes he’s cost us points recently. But anyone who watched him at anderlecht knows he has the ability. Get his confidence up, create like we did today and he’ll come good.

  • 340 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Mitrovic = Toothless tiger.

    Where are all our recognize strikers? ..oppss..they are in the Sick Bay.

    Shearer needs a return.

  • 341 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Ffs well if we play like that we should hammer man u as long as we have players who can actually finish
    great performance tho and Thauvin needs to start for me

  • 342 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    RELEGATION HERE WE COME!
    Exactly what we deserve for giving a joke like colo the captaincy

  • 343 Roosta // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Can only say we were fantastic today and outplayed the Gooners in every department, yet nil points, its bloody cruel sometimes.

  • 344 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Mitrovic = Overfit tiger ..ee…overfat?

  • 345 cyprus // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Excellent play all round, spirited performance from all, from the captain to the CF. Still, we’re going down. Tough luck, players. Outplayed Arsenal at their home.

  • 346 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    I really don’t understand mclaren way of using subs though. Throughout this season his subs usage has been pathetic. I really wonder why.. He has no faith in the players on the bench??

  • 347 WWSBRD // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Another game another 0 points on the board brilliant

    Performance means nothing without results

  • 348 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Heskey>Riviere>Mitrovic

  • 349 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    how did we lose that game,,

    ARS will not be dominated at home as much as we we just did there. we need finishers at the club

  • 350 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    By the way, I’m not going to sit here and accept a series of decent performances for 0 points, but I really expected us to be down 2 or more at the half. There were real positives and Sissoko and Janmaat were putting in some great crosses to our big man Mitro. That could be a real threat against lesser sides now.

  • 351 Thump // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    When was the last time Thauvin came on when we weren’t 1-0 down?

  • 352 BandB // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    I really can’t see how anyone can be upset about that performance.
    We did our best, which was pretty decent. No-one had a shocker.
    The attitude was good. We didn’t take our chances and a bit of ball-watching crept in for the goal.
    It’s a poor result, in context and does us no favours. But that wasn’t a tear your hair out effort.

  • 353 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    MOTM for newcastle = Wijnaldum
    MOTM for Arsenal = Captain Colo

    rgds
    sgitr

  • 354 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    That team that McClaren put out was 10 times better than anything Carver produced and probably twice as good as anything by Pardew.

  • 355 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Toon brother you are really starting to annoy me can you please tell me your issue with Colo you haven’t a clue. We have let in 4 goals in the last 5 games out defence has improved greatly our issue is not being able to score of create enough chances it has nothing to do with Colo in a fact he has been much improved over the last 2 months

  • 356 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Mac lost us that game today, his subs where 20 mins to late

  • 357 Goofy // Jan 2, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    The best team lost. Colback and Tiote ran the midfield, Winjaldum should’ve scored. Mitro battled against the best CB in the prem and won most battles. Colo and Mbemba played well. We need the rub of the green, lady luck’s not on our side.

  • 358 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Steve is screaming for Strikers upfront and a fit holding midfield will complete it.

    Wenger will be crying to the 4th official if we have got Shearer upfront.

  • 359 SPRINGY // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    played well today lads,means nowt with out the points but impressive display but we have got to be more ruthless….cant remember seeing an arsenal side look so panicked and to be honest second best for a long time….thought the goal knocked the wind out of us to be fair the they had few chances…..macca fro future reference.. thats unlucky!….played well but didnt take ya chances

  • 360 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    The team performance is an irrelevance without points on the board. Arithmetic will be our downfall – as the teams we’re competing with for 18th place gradually ease away from us as they have done today .. or even catch us up from below.

  • 361 terencelim // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Ashley ass lickers OUT!

  • 362 TudorCrisps // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Need a left back, centre back, play maker and 5 strikers

  • 363 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Would Austin have taken any of those chances?

  • 364 sing in the corner // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Suck it up and stick with it Toon army. What we need to do is play like that more often. It needs to be that level we turn out every week, then we won’t be relegated.
    Bad results for us elsewhere today though. I now officially despise Southampton even more than I always have. Losing at Norwich? Howay now…?!

  • 365 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    toonbrother that mentality is going to eat you alive regardless of his performance. You really need to move on and criticize when it’s warranted instead of fall back on an easy target like Colo.

    I thought Gini really should have scored on that break, he took one too many touches.

  • 366 daztoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Funny how loonbrother is nowhere to be seen after a win. The sad cnut loves a defeat to use Colo as he’s a scapegoat. He has such a hard on for Colo

  • 367 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    I believe our BREAK will come if we keep this fighting spirit.

  • 368 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    the officials made damn sure we would get nowt from that
    a booking for time wasting 4 mins added on how many subs
    best call back arma we arnt signing diddley squat

  • 369 TudorCrisps // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Agree with catchy we were on top every where on the pitch apart from the left wing, thauv should have come on 70 minutes all we lacked was some thing coming in from the left

  • 370 sing in the corner // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    1st half hatrick from Arma for Cov today. Now there’s a lad who knows how to hit the back of the net… Maybe we need to yank him back and give him a run.

  • 371 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    biggest plus point today for me was tiote doing exactly wat he should break up play and then lay it of easy
    wat we have missed for a long long long time

  • 372 Thump // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Are there people still struggling to realise that toonbrother is a WUM?

  • 373 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    @355 stevie101182
    ignorant FANS LIKE YOU are the precise reason we are destined to relegated again
    We have won ZERO POINTS in the last 3 games and are entrenched in the relegation zone!
    We have kept the scoreline respectable in recent games because we PARKED THE BUS even at home againts westbrom – a game we still ended up losing!
    When we play open expansive football we end up conceding 4 maybe 5 goals a game!
    Our problems start and end with COLOCINNI
    The worst defender in the league who constantly pulls the wool over the eyes of undiscerning fans like you

    We are going to get relegated and its exactly what you deserve!

  • 374 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Lack of finishing and ball watching cost us today, the lads played well. A cup win is needed next week to get some confidence before manure.

  • 375 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Tiote & Colback had a 100% pass success rate in that game. It’s not often you see two holding midfielders produce a stat like that.

  • 376 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    We are now in the 18tj place and not mid table where we can find comfort in a good performance and still losing.

    At this point of the season we need points. And that is the bottom line. Each game without any point is getting us closer and closer to championship.

  • 377 MadisonToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Anyone bagging on Mitrovic doesn’t know the game, pure and simple. He holds up the ball and wins 70% of the long balls off his chest while providing a threat in the box. When has Cisse ever won a goal kick or other ball from our keeper? Even once? I don’t think so.

    Mitrovic does well, we just can’t win if we have two DMs in all game. It’s been true all season and our formation has yet to change, so when will SM figure that out? Too often we had Mitrovic as the only player in the box between two CBs and he works to get a head on the ball but isn’t getting any good chances because he’s double marked. If we are just going to sit someone in the box and give him no service even Shearer would look like an average striker.

    We have to sort our midfield plan before we can expect anything up top other than on the break and that’s on Steve to figure out and transfers to get us the CM we need. Overall, a good game from the players but we aren’t setup to score so we aren’t going to win a game until that gets sorted.

  • 378 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    @Thump

    After the post he made immediately after you, not anymore. lol..

  • 379 SPRINGY // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    all the players played well today….need that performance every week till the end of the season…gutted tbh

  • 380 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    I wonder if Mr Tuff , Tudor Crisps and Toon brother share a PC here or have their own ?

  • 381 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    games running out
    will arsleys patients

  • 382 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    It’s a bit of a shame we are not in form…goals comes so much easier when you’re in form!

  • 383 daztoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Toonbrother get yer nan to explain the game to you.

  • 384 John Tudor // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    toon jeff and jane do

  • 385 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    ignore toonbrother thats all he wants is responces to his moronic posts

  • 386 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Yes thats right
    0 points in 3.
    Relegation bound
    Worst defence in the league
    But Toonbrother is the problem here lol
    Keep distracting yourself with toonbrother
    Amazing how ridiculous NUFC fans are
    Obsessing over toonbrother whilst the club slips away into obliviion

  • 387 JP...from The Rock // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Really unlucky loss, very undeserved but expected also. We also play really well against the big teams and shite against all the rest. If we played like that all season we would be in the top 10.

    Another cruel loss but reinforcements is a must in this window.

  • 388 89Norcal // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Ya well said @MadisonToon, Mito got into good position several times for the header. That awkward chip pass he got from Perez in the 6 didn’t do him many favors, and he looked alone for a good portion of the 2nd half.

    I’d like to see Wijnaldum attack up the center more than Sissoko. Socks doesn’t have the control to get passed the DM’s and is more effective off the wing IMO. Still dont know what to think of SDJ. Maybe coz he hardly plays…

  • 389 Laurent Robert The Legend // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    COLOCCINI is an okish player..but he doesn’t have height needed for a CB..it’s been 4-5-6 years since he signed..Not a single fcuk in the management coaching staff or scouts at our club realise that..it is a joke..even arrays wife would know that..even for todays goal before their scorer gets the ball..coloccini is unchallenged at back he just has to jump and clear the ball..he doesn’t have height..he looses the header and we loose by a goal..again..get in a 6 feet 8/9/10 inch tower there pleaseeee…before we are relegated again..IS ANYBODY AT THE CLUB LISTENING??

  • 390 TudorCrisps // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Button it jib u know fcuk all about fcuk all

  • 391 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    jesper

    Don’t worry. Charmless will sort everything out this window. Expect some major signings!

  • 392 SPRINGY // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    arsenal must be sitting in the changing room thinkin ….”how the f**k did we win that!”…wont of had many games like that for a while

  • 393 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Honestly toon brother learn how to play football before you comment. That’s about all I am going to say to you because you know absolutely nothing. Anyway as I said our defense has been much improved and long may it continue I still think we need a creative mid a left winger and a striker and also abit of luck.

  • 394 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Why did we recall toney and not arma?

  • 395 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    To WIN/DRAW Games We need to Score Goals..Simple.

  • 396 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Mitrovic is a ST that can’t finish, can’t score with his head, can’t shoot from range. Riviere can hold the ball up also, as could Shola – so what?

  • 397 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    is that right ancient!??
    wow i know they played well but didn’t expect that
    we need a proper striker not just a battering ram who can header but an all round top striker
    but pigs might fly

  • 398 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Last season you blamed williamson for the disgusting defensive performances
    the season before that you blamed Santon
    The season before that you blamed Simpson -who now plies his trade for the best team in the premiership
    WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BLAME FOR THE DISGUSTING DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES THIS YEAR?
    Ayoze Pereez? Sissoko? Toonbrother ? lololol
    Relegation is the least ignorant fans like you guys deserve!

  • 399 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Mitrovic had plenty of chances today. Any talk of service is bollocks

  • 400 Jack Root // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    How cruel. If we can only take that forward.

  • 401 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    I think performances like today must strengthen McClaren’s hand in having a major input into players we purchase .

  • 402 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Ron…decent performance today mate. We really do find it difficult to score goals!

    …I believe in Charnley ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

  • 403 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    stevie ignore mate ignore ignore ignore!!!!

  • 404 chicousa // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Another cruel loss. The lads played their hearts out, but the poor run of luck continues. I can’t single out any player as not giving their all. Just need a little more quality in finishing.

  • 405 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    I know Arsenal were misisng a few like Cazorla and Sanchez, but we’ve got a team in there somewhere.

    If only Mitro and others knew where the net was against bottom club villa at home and top club arsenal away we’d be 6 points better off.

    Janmatt is a defensive liability and seems to give the ball away nearly every time but I thought everyone else largely looked very comfortable and committed. MBemba, fingers crossed, is going to be a huge star.

  • 406 MadisonToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    @NorCal

    I liked Gini through the middle today and we could have him there with just Tiote back, but a second player that can create and give balls from the middle would change the way that we move forward. Sissoko out right is good as that’s where he can use his power well to burst past someone and I think he can do well for us there. We just need a box-to-box or creative player who can provide some extra assistance to our offense in the middle of the park.

    We could also change up the formation to provide more attacking opportunities but I’m not sure that will happen anytime soon. I think that would be the tweak that would give us the most help but I’m not sure Steve is going to do that.

  • 407 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    a creative midfielder like i dunno Cabella?
    A left winger like i dnno Marveaux? Ben Arfa?
    You guys are so ridiculous!

  • 408 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Davetoon
    I was thinking that early last week when Lilongwe Geordie was saying no striker would score in our team.
    A deadeye killer diller striker is a priority !!!!

  • 409 lukes26 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    if we continue to play like we did today, newcastle will be fine. mitro had several clear chances to score

  • 410 Oldgit1 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    @ tudorchrisps he know more about the toon than you will ever know about crisps. You moron

  • 411 MadisonToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    What chances should Mitro have scored today? The only chance we should have scored was Gini’s one-on-one with his other that bobbled around to him in the first half being a goal for an in-form player but not assured.

    Which of Mitrovic’s *should* have been a goal?

  • 412 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Manxpie I have all season even when he had mouthed Colo after he got man of the match. He hasn’t a clue and it’s finally made me crack hahaha.

  • 413 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    again today it showed defence isn’t a huge problem as it has in our last 5 games its our forward line and CM
    anita and colback don’t work
    infact imo anita doesn’t work but get say shelvey and a tiote or colback behind that kind of CM would work wonders then a proper striker and a winger the options are far greater but problem is we have numpties running the show in that department

  • 414 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    John at 381

    Didn’t know he was a doctor

  • 415 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Cabella is too lighrweight I think we all know that one marvo has been very hit and miss since he came here the players you have mentioned are not good enough.

  • 416 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    It’s not just the glaring misses of Mitrovic, of which they have been 6 in the last 4 games, he doesn’t take half-chances and just doesn’t have killer instinct. Running at goal today with just the Arsenal CBs to beat and 2 men to his right, he dithered and dithered until he lost the ball trying to dribble past. He aint good enough. I know you all think he’s great because of video games and him scoring in the Belgian league, but the evidence is in, he’s not good enough in the reality of the PL – case closed.

    Mitrovic should have scored first time from a few yards out, but wasn’t agile enough and couldn’t sort his feet out. The ball came from 5+ yards away, he had plenty of time to sort himself out, anybody that can’t see that is making excuses for him.

  • 417 TudorCrisps // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Old git go Boyle your head you pathetic excuse of a supporter I know naff all about crisps so if he know more about football than I do crisps it’s not very much is it, go play with your train set and smoke your pipe old man

  • 418 SPRINGY // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    tiote was good 60-70 mins but looked knackered after that his fitness is not good when you consider we are half way thru a season but if he can play like that more regular could be an asset to this team

  • 419 NezzaNUFC // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    So proud of the lads today, we fully deserved a win today and this was the best performance since McClaren took charge but it’s a shame we don’t play like this every game instead of just the tough teams.

    But what’s worse is that the cockney pricks will be gloating saying they deserved the 3 points.

  • 420 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Mitro had 2 clear cut chances. One running in on goal with no defender in sight and an open header. Shoukd have scored from at least one if not both

    Gini had 2 also tbf

  • 421 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    stevie i know lol no worries we are all guilty of it but i like to point it out every time i think it was thump last game tho so ya not alone lol

  • 422 Dennis Twice // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 423 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    People keep banging on about 2dms but it worked a treat today.

    We usually play 2 players deep but they are not proper dms.

    Today we had proper dm and it brought the best out of Colback who is usually treading water a whole game.

    Colback is hard working but he will only be useful if the players around him play the ball.
    If he is constantly chasing the ball he is rubbish. Today he was a distraction and a pain in the arse foe arsenal.

    2 dms isn’t the problem. 2 players being forced into dms is.

    Today we lost because we did not take our chances simple as. Had we only started with tiote in there it would’ve been a very different game. I think it showed a bit when Colback came off as we lost the upper hand. But I can see what Steve was doing trying to bring more attacking players into the game.

    Personally today filled me with confidence. It’s been a rotten few weeks but w can turn this around easily if we start playing like that a lot more.

  • 424 cyprus // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Thanks Wenger for the compliments. Much appreciated.

  • 425 Dennis Twice // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    1 Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 426 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    I think it’s boil not boyle as in susan

    also lose is the opposite of winning.
    Loose is when for example your dog gets out

    Patience is what you need watching NUFC
    Patients is what people become watching NUFC

  • 427 Ron Knee // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    jesper

    He’s my idol!

  • 428 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    lifeguard

    brazil won 5 world cups playing 343 with 2 x dms

  • 429 MadisonToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    I definitely agree with the dithering. We lose lots of balls in that area via Gini/Sissoko/etc. so it’s nothing new. Not that it’s acceptable but it’s not worth a damnation, IMO.

    Plenty of time to adjust to a ball put behind where he is moving if you are looking at the slow motion replay. Although we didn’t have many better chances so we figure he should have scored it, that doesn’t make the chance any easier and it definitely wasn’t a sitter. Unfortunately, in no way was that a guaranteed goal for any striker.

  • 430 stevie101182 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    For thauvin has to start just to add some width of the left dummett is useless at attacking. Drop colback or put him in a left back move gini into the centre and thauvin on the left it would provide more balance mitrovic I think needs 4 chances just to score one however I do think we have been unlucky the last 3 weeks and toon brother the west brom game was away

  • 431 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Just watching the teams for the MC v Watford match.
    After Otamendi’s brush with Robert Huth last week I hope his team-mates mocked him mercilessly.

  • 432 davis_toons // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Mitrovic been young is doing well but toothless in front of goal. He needs experience and he wont have alot here. He need to learn fast.

    Ask Owen if he needs to be super big and super strong to score goals?

  • 433 lochinvar // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Didn’t see the match but sounds like the Refs Society for the Protection of big clubs ( sponsored by the FA ) didn’t help matters ?

    Le Tissier says we were very very good today…Wenger singing our praises to anoint – easy when you’ve scrapped a win

    Man Utd game now a defining point in the season – will we have new players in by then Penfold ?

  • 434 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    I think performances like today must strengthen McClarenโ€™s hand in having a major input into players we purchase .

    I think that performances like the previous two games suggest why he shouldn’t!

    The only difference between the performances over the past 5 games is who we are playing. Our players can always get themselves up for playing against big teams, you saw that when Pardew was here and still do now, it’s got bugger all to do with the manager. Again it’s the same players who cant be arsed against the likes of WBA, that is the fault of the manager, he should inspire the players to give 100% every week.

  • 435 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Jib,
    Hi, nice to see you name check me. Good to hear you were thinking the same as another poster earlier this week. Strange that you didn’t interact with me about it. Tongue tied at that moment?

    Name this killer diller striker that scores every chance?

    Just passing through this evening, but would love for you to actually respond tonight, and in the future when I respond to some of your comments with sensible well thought out counter arguments (you have generally gone quiet when I have done so recently).

    On a similar note, Hail and Toonbrother probably ought to change their bait if they are to continue fishing in the same pond.

    Be back through the week.

  • 436 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Springy

    What tiote brought to the team today proves 1 thing. And it’s something myself and a few people have said before but most are so obsessed with steves preference for 2 holding players that they overlook it.

    A proper cdm in the tiote mould should’ve been one of the summer priorities.

    He anchored our team, won the ball, kept possession and protected our defenders. I think he deserves the lion share of credit for informing the way we played today. Gini looked decent but it was tiote that allowed him to play his game, the same with moussa.

    We don’t need a new cb. Yes it’s always good to irove and colo certainly has some shortcomings (though he’s been good lately) but part of our defensive fragility has always come from the fact that our defence has no protection.

    We rely on janmaat to provide attacking width which means we often play 3 at the back where most teams in this league will either stay a rigid back four or have a dm slotting into To the gaps.

    Look at some of the decent teams in recent years

    Southampton – schneidlerin anchoring
    Chelsea – matic
    Everton – barry
    Spurs- dier

    These players aren’t always the prettiest or most skilful players but what they bring to a team is often critical to their style. They allow the rest of the team to perform to their strengths.

    We need to start grooming someone to fill tiotes role in the future.

    People here keep going on and on about matip etc. bringing in a cb won’t immediately fix your defence. Liverpool were shipping goals last season and e season before. Nothing wrong with their defenders. Just not got anyone to protect them

  • 437 MacToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    I’d suggest their bait is working a treat as the Trolls are getting well fed Lilo.




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