Gunners manager Arsene Wenger was more than a little worried yesterday at the Emirates as a hard-working Newcastle side were on top for stretches of this game – after we had withstood an expected early Arsenal onslaught.
But it was our lack of a cutting edge up front which is really hurting us at the moment and with an in-form striker yesterday we could have had a goal or two – as it turned out we missed three good chances fives minutes either side of half-time – as Gini Wijnaldum missed a couple and Aleksandar Mitrovic missed one.
Arsene Wengerr – on the sidelines yesterday
If we had gone ahead in that game the confidence would have surged through our players and we could have had a famous victory – but we didn’t – and it wasn’t to be.
Arsene Wenger was full of complements for the Newcastle performance yesterday even though it was our third 1-0 defeat in a row and we got absolutely nothing out of the game.
This is what Wenger said after the game:
“We were not at our best and we had to dig deep,” “But on top of that I must say we played against a good team – Newcastle are a good side.”
“Newcastle responded very well to our good start.” “I must say you lose this kind of game like Newcastle lost because you are down there and the confidence is missing, but they will not stay down there.”
“Honestly, I’ve been long enough in football to know that if you are a Newcastle player, you feel sorry for them too.”
“But I know as well that because I’ve been in the game for a long time that when you’re capable of winning but you don’t play well.”
“That shows a mental aspect to the team that will be very important in moments that will be difficult.”
That also shows the weakness of this Newcastle side – that we couldn’t put the game away when we had those chances at crucial moments in the game.
Next up is the FA Cup 3rd round next Saturday at Watford – and then on the following Tuesday we have Manchester United at home.
We really need to win that game against the Red Devils.