On Match of the Day last night Alan Shearer lamented how disappointed he was with Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at St. James’ Park yesterday,
At halftime, everything seemed to be going well at 0-0 with Newcastle the better side if anything.
But Arsenal were much the better side in the second half and deserved to win and probably by more than the 2-1 scoreline.
Before the game, we had thought we had a decent chance to win this game.
That’s because Arsenal are not that good a side this season and their new manager is still getting accustomed to football in England.
Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer
But it was our fifth defeat in our sixth game this season.
This is what Alan said last night on BBC:
“That defeat hurt me more than the City one or the Tottenham one or the Chelsea one because I don’t think Arsenal are that good a team,”
“It was a bit of a scrappy game. Newcastle edged the first half if anything – Arsenal were a bit slow and did not have enough options on the ball.”
“There was no working together of Lacazette and Aubameyang and Newcastle were quite comfortable.”
“Torreira came on and changed the game.”
“Arsenal were much the better team in the second half and deserved to win the game.”
“He just kept everything ticking along. They were much more patient.”
Newcastle didn’t strengthen the side enough last summer.
We didn’t spend one (net) penny in the transfer window but instead made a profit if £20M – typical Mike Ashley.
We cannot expect Rafa Benitez to keep doing miraculous things at Newcastle.
But we are hoping we can stay up this season.
If we get relegated, it will be yet another disaster caused by owner Mike Ashley who runs – or tries to run – the club on a shoestring.
To say it doesn’t work is a gross understatement.